Marjorie Jacobs, MA Social Change, CAGS Integrative Holistic Health

Senior Services Training Associate | mljacobs@bu.edu

Marjorie Jacobs

Marjorie works in the Services Division as a teacher and developer of promising mind/body interventions, many of which include a variety of mindfulness practices, music-related activities, writing, and movement.  In addition, she provides educational support and holistic health coaching. She is an advocate of the Fivefold Mindfulness Path of Recovery: Mindful Understanding, Mindful Thinking, Mindful Listening, Mindful Speech, and Mindful Actions for Wellness. She incorporates meditation in most of her courses.  She is involved in animal-assisted, mental health support with her certified therapy dogs Carlo and Bob.  In addition, she is a lay Dharma (Buddhism) teacher.

Areas of Expertise

  • Designing, developing, and teaching innovative courses:  Developing Mindfulness for Stress Resilience, Developing Spirituality & Stress Resilience, Empowering Ourselves Through Song, Laughter for the Health of It, Working Our Way From Anger To Forgiveness, Eat, Drink & Be Merry The Mindful Way (Mindful Eating), What Would the Buddha Say About Recovery,  Practicing Mindfulness for Recovery, Kindred Spirits: Animals & Recovery, Animals & Healing (collaboration between BU School of Theology and BU CPR), MMDM (Mindful Music, Dance, & Meditation),  Guided Imagery for Health & Healing, Working Our Way from Anger to Forgiveness, Discovering the Poet Within for Health & Recovery,  Walking Meditation & Writing: Companions on the Road of Recovery, Bringing the Mind Home Through Seated Meditation and WritingFinding Inspiration from Nature for Writing & Recovery, Nurturing Ourselves With Music, YOGA, & Meditation
  • Providing supported education and health promotion/wellness coaching and consultations for young adults
  • Developing resiliency to stress and cultivating optimism
  • Using a variety of mind/body/spirituality approaches and expressive arts therapies
  • Training health care providers in stress resiliency and mindfulness practices

Recent Publications

Vasudha Gidugu & Marjorie L. Jacobs (2018).  Empowering individuals with mental illness to develop healthy eating habits through mindful eating: results of a program evaluation, Psychology, Health & Medicine, DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2018.1516295
Jacobs, M. (December, 2018).  Finding Nature and Sanctuary in the City.  Neurology.
Jacobs, M.  (October, 2018). The Medicine of Salsa.  Music and Medicine Journal.

Jacobs, M.  (April, 2018). Dealing with Distractions: At Home Meditation Practice.  Mindfulness.

Jacobs, M.  (March, 2018). Rehabilitation: No Longer Stumped.  Neurology.

Jacobs, M. (October 2017).  Music Connects.  Music and Medicine.

Jacobs, M.  (March 2017).  Recovering.  Neurology.

Jacobs, M.  (January 2017).  Digesting Losses.  Music and Medicine.

Jacobs, M.  (July 2016).  Violins of Hope.  Music and Medicine .

Jacobs, M.  (May 2016).  Default Mode.  Neurology.

Jacobs, M. (2009). Moving Beyond Stigma & Speciesism: An Unusual Partnership. PSR Connections.

Jacobs, M. (2009). My personal story of coping. Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Jacobs, M. (2003). Helping adult learners handle stress. Field Notes, 13(1).

Jacobs, M. & Sousa, C. (2003). Creating a classroom that’s safe for students with PTSD. All Write News, 20(1).

Jacobs, M. (2002). A mind/body learning approach to counseling. Focus on Basics: Connecting Research & Practice, 6 (1).

Jacobs, M. & Yung Dong, Shih. (2002). The short march to wisdom. Hacienda Heights, CA: Buddha Light Publishing.

Jacobs, M. (1997). From the first to the last ash: The history, economics & hazards of tobacco. Cambridge MA: Community Learning Center.

Jacobs, M. (1994). The New Revised Cambridge GED Program:  Exercise Book For Writing Skills: Part 1, Grammar & Editing Skills. Prentice Hall Regents, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Jacobs, M. (1994). The New Revised Cambridge GED Program:  Exercise Book For Writing Skills: Part 2, Process Essay Writing. Prentice Hall Regents, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Jacobs, M. (1990). Developing Writing Skills.  Steck-Vaughn Co., Austin, Texas.

Recent Presentations

Jacobs, M. & Gidugu, V.  Mindful Eating: A Practice to Enhance Hope, Health, & Empowerment One Bite At A Time.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Workforce Summit, Boston, MA, May 2016.

Jacobs, M. & Gidugu, V.  Eat, Drink, & Be Merry the Mindful Way, MassPRA,  Marlborough, MA, November 2015.

Jacobs, M. Exploring Mindfulness: Its Origins, Practice, & Our Health.  Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple’s 3-Day Mindfulness Retreat, Hacienda Heights, CA, August 2015.

Jacobs, M. Challenges of Mindfulness Practice & Strategies to Establish a Daily Practice, Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple’s  3-Day Mindfulness Retreat, Hacienda Heights, CA, August 2015.

Jacobs, M. Building Stress Resilience Through Daily Mindfulness Practice), Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple’s 3-Day Mindfulness Retreat, Hacienda Heights, CA, August 2015.

Jacobs, M. Mindfulness Practice: Discovering the Jewel in the Lotus for Recovery, MassPRA, Marlborough, MA, October 2014.

Jacobs, M. Mindfulness Practice: Discovering the Jewel in the Lotus for Recovery, MassPRA, Worcester, MA, October 2013.

Jacobs, M. Practicing Mindfulness for Recovery, Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (CPR) Services Division, Boston, MA November 28, 2012.

Jacobs, M. What Would the Buddha Say About Recovery?  Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (MassPRA), Worcester, MA, October 18, 2012.

Jacobs, M. Developing Stress Hardiness for Recovery, Global Institute Presentation, BU CPR, Boston, MA, April 2012.

Jacobs, M. Developing Stress Hardiness, Laugh Your Stress Away, Mindful Eating Lunch, & Working Your Way from Anger to Forgiveness, USPRA Annual Conference Innovative Site-Based Workshops, BU CPR, Boston, MA, June 16, 2011.

Jacobs, M. Practicing Mindfulness for Recovery, MassPRA, Worcester, MA, October 28, 2010.

Jacobs, M. How Interacting With Non-human Animals Fosters Recovery in Adults Facing Psychiatric Challenges, Pets & People Foundation Annual Dinner, Framingham, MA, October 14, 2010.

Jacobs, M. Kindred Spirits: Animals & Recovery, Veterans Administration Site Visit, BU CPR, Boston, MA, September 28, 2010.

Jacobs, M. Relying on the Dharma for Recovery, Dinner With Dharma Program, Greater Boston Buddhist Temple, Cambridge, MA, July 23, 2010.

Jacobs, M. Holistic Interventions in Recovery Education, USPRA Webinar, BU CPR, January 28, 2009.

Jacobs, M. &  Mesidor, M.  Laughter’s Role in Promoting Recovery In Psychiatric Rehabilitation, MassPRA, Worcester, MA, December 4, 2009.

Jacobs, M. Health for Recovery Keynote Speech, Region Ten Consumer Advisory Council 3rd Annual Recovery Conference, Charlottesville, VA, September 18, 2008.

Jacobs, M. Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (CPR): Cultivating Hope and Renewing Lives, Pre-Conference Workshop, Region Ten Consumer Advisory Council, Charlottesville, VA, September 18, 2008.

Hutchinson, D. & Jacobs, M. An Adult Education Model: Innovations in Recovery Services, USPRA, Cambridge, MA, April 15, 2008.