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Diana Jacobson

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Clinical Assoc Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3020
Biography: 

As the Pediatric Specialty Coordinator for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Diana Jacobson has designed and been lead faculty for the graduate pediatric curriculum that incorporates both an interactive online format and also utilizes dynamic synchronous and non-synchronous delivery of educational content using the latest technologies.

She is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner with more than 25 years of primary care and community experience caring for infants, children, adolescents and their families. In her clinical work, and in response to the urgent current need of behavioral health care in children and adolescents, she has become an expert on developmental and behavioral health issues in the pediatric population. In order to address these specific population health needs, she is additionally certified as a Pediatric Mental Health Specialist. Professor Jacobson has worked closely with the local community and national partners to design and implement healthy lifestyle interventions in the primary care and school settings that include behavioral health skill building techniques. She developed and pilot tested the Healthy Choices Intervention Program, which focuses on improving both the mental and physical health of overweight and obese school-aged children and adolescents in both primary care settings and with vulnerable populations within the community.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Arizona State University
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Mental Health Specialist, Arizona State University
  • M.S. Nursing of Children and Families, Arizona State University
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • B.S. Nursing, University of Arizona
Publications: 

Melnyk, B. M., Jacobson, D., Kelly, S. A., Belyea, M. J., Shaibi, G. Q., Small, L., O’Haver, J. A., & Marsiglia, F. F. (2015). Twelve-month effects of the COPE Healthy Lifestyle TEEN Program on overweight and depressive symptoms in high school adolescents. Journal of School Health, 85(12), 861-870. DOI: 10.1111/josh.12342

Hickman, C., Jacobson, D., & Melnyk, B. M. (2015). Randomized controlled trial of the effects of a cognitive behavioral skills building intervention in adolescents with chronic daily headaches: A pilot. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29(1), 5-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.05.001.

Kelly, S., Oswalt, K., Melnyk, B. M., Jacobson, D. (2015). Comparison of intervention fidelity between COPE TEEN and an attention control program in a randomized controlled trial. Health Education Research, 30(2), 233-247. DOI: 10.1093/her/cyu065.

O’Haver, J., Jacobson, D., Kelly, S., & Melnyk, B. M. (2014). Relationships among factors related to body mass index, healthy lifestyle beliefs and behaviors and mental health indicators for youth in a Title 1 school. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28(3), 234-240. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.02.005.

Melnyk, B. M., Jacobson, D., Kelly, S., Belyea, M., Shaibi, G., Small, L., O’Haver, J., & Marsiglia, F. F. (2013). Promoting healthy lifestyles in high school adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45(4), 407-415. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.05.013.

Melnyk, B. M., Kelly, S., Jacobson, D., Belyea, M., Shaibi, G., Small, L., O’Haver, J., & Marsiglia, F. F. (2013). The COPE Healthy Lifestyles TEEN randomized controlled trial with culturally diverse high school adolescents:  Baseline characteristics and methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 36(1), 41-53. DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2013.05.013.

Melnyk, B. M., Kelly, S., Jacobson, D., Shaibi, G., & Arcoleo, K. (2013). Improving physical activity, mental health outcomes and academic retention of college students with Freshman 5 to Thrive: COPE /Healthy Lifestyles. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. DOI: 10.1002/2327-6924.12037. [Epub ahead of print].

Jacobson, D. & Melnyk, B. M. (2012). A primary care Healthy Choices Intervention program for overweight and obese school-age children and their parents. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 26(2), 126-138. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2010.07.004

Research Activity: 
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
DNP 643Pediatric Well Child
DNP 644Well Child Practicum
DNP 712Clinical Residency&Management
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
DNP 643Pediatric Well Child
DNP 644Well Child Practicum
DNP 712Clinical Residency&Management
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DNP 643Pediatric Well Child
DNP 644Well Child Practicum
DNP 712Clinical Residency&Management
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DNP 601Theoretical Foundations
DNP 645Common Problems Pediatrics
DNP 712Clinical Residency&Management
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DNP 643Pediatric Well Child
DNP 712Clinical Residency&Management
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DNP 601Theoretical Foundations
DNP 645Common Problems Pediatrics
DNP 712Clinical Residency&Management
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DNP 643Pediatric Well Child
DNP 712Clinical Residency&Management
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DNP 645Common Problems Pediatrics
DNP 712Clinical Residency&Management
NUR 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards: 

June 2015. Selected as a 2015 Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). New Orleans, Louisiana

August 2014. Nurse Practitioner Education Blog Named Top 25 Pediatric Nursing Professors in the United States http://www.nursepractitionerschools.com/blog/top-pediatric-nursing-professors

April 2013. Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Nurse Practitioner Educator of the Year Award. Orlando, Florida

August 2012. March of Dimes. Chamberlain College of Nursing Academic Educator Nurse of the Year Award. Phoenix, Arizona

May 2011. Evidence Based Practice Mentorship Immersion Program, Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation. Clinical Practice Award Winning Presentation: 1st Place. Phoenix, Arizona

April 2006. Western Institute of Nursing 39th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference. Best Research & Innovation Poster Award. Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

 

 

Professional Associations: 

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Children’s Action Alliance Arizona American Academy of Pediatrics Obesity and Food Insecurity Task Force Sigma Theta Tau International. Honor Society of Nursing. Beta Upsilon Chapter

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

I have mentored over 30 graduate nursing students in a variety of Doctor of Nursing Practice clinical practice projects as well as research studies with PhD students.

Service: 

Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy College of Nursing and Health Innovation Faculty Ambassador

Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation Interprofessional Education Project with A. T. Still University

Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation Standards Committee

Clinical Preceptor for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students