Last Name

Ruth Rose-Jacobs, ScD, MS

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DivisionDevelopment & Behavioral Pediatrics
Address771 Albany St
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-5480
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-4498-9570
Other Positions
InstitutionBoston Medical Center

 Awards and Honors

1989Boston University, Sargent College : Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program Scholarship Award & Dedication to Profession
1984-1989Boston University: US Dept Education & HHS Traineeship
2002Casey Family Program/Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP): Certificate of Appreciation-Recognition of Outstanding Work with Children and Families
2010Massachusetts Bay Community College: Certificate of Appreciation- Service on Professional Advisory Board, Physical Therapy Assistant Prog
2013National Academy of Sciences : Invited participant on Disability and Food Insecurity Panel
2013National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics Food and Nutrition Board: Invited participant in “Multiple Systems Failure and Food Insecurity” discussion
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
My research expertise is in the 1) Development of typical and high-risk infants/children and their families- due to biological and social factors including exposure to substances and violence, violence, maternal depression, prematurity, food insecurity; 2) Measurement of subtle developmental differences in at-risk infants and children, in areas including executive function and higher cognitive abilities; and 3)Serving diverse and underserved children and their families including mothers who have opioid use disorders during pregnancy in the health care system.

Current Research Support:

2010-2017 R01 DA06532 NIH-NIDA Multiple PIs: Deborah A. Frank, Ruth Rose-Jacobs, Jane Liebschutz, "Cocaine Exposure in Utero: Young Adult Follow-Up," Total Cost: $2,440,032, Role: Principal Investigator

2012-2017 R01 DA06532 NIH-NIDA Administrative Supplement: Prenatal Cocaine Exposure: Young Adult Follow-up (PEP)," Multiple PIs: Deborah A. Frank, Ruth Rose-Jacobs, Total Cost $117,768, Role: Principal Investigator

2014-2017 90-CB-0186 Administration for Children and Families (ACYF), PI: Ruth Rose-Jacobs, "RESPECT (Recovery, Empowerment, Social Services, Prenatal care, Education, and Community Treatment)-Plus", Total Cost: $1,899,526, Role: Principal Investigator

2016- 2018 90EV0450-01-00 Administration for Children and Families (ACYF), PI: Neena McConnico; "Project BELONG Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Family Violence and Trauma: Innovating, expanding and sustaining treatment for caregivers and very young children" Total Cost $750,000 Role: Co-Investigator

Previous Research Support:

1986 Foundation for Physical Therapy Doctoral Study Grant, PI: Ruth Rose-Jacobs, Total Cost: $3,900, Role: Principal Investigator

1987 Dudley Allen Sargent Research Fund Award, Boston University Sargent College, PI: Ruth Rose-Jacobs, Total Cost: $1,000, Role: Principal Investigator

1982 Northeastern University Boston-Bouve College Faculty Publication Fund Grant, PI: Ruth Rose-Jacobs, Total Cost: $500, Role: Principal Investigator

1982 Northeastern University Boston-Bouve College, Faculty Research Development, PI: Ruth Rose-Jacobs Total Cost: $1,000, Role: Principal Investigator

1994 National Institutes of Health Biomedical Research Support Grant, PI: Ruth Rose-Jacobs, "Validation of the Performance and Behavioral Qualifier Scales: A Pilot Study on 24 Month Old Infant." Total cost: $4,992.

1997-2001 5 U1H SP0817-03 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Grant (SAMHSA-OEC), PI: Carol Seval Brooks, "Project RISE (Raising Infants in a Secure Environment),"Total Cost: $2,112,180, Role: Co-Investigator

1997-1999 Foundation for Physical Therapy Grant PI: Ruth Rose-Jacobs, "Infants from the Inner City: Relationships between Risk and Outcome Measures of Interest to Physical Therapists." Total cost: $60,000, Role: Principal Investigator

1999-2004 R01 DA06532-11 NIH-NIDA PI: Deborah A. Frank, "Cocaine Exposure in Utero: Elementary School Follow-up," Total Cost: $4,862,015, Role: Co-Investigator

2001-2003 5 U1H SP0817-03, SAMHSA, Casey Family Program, and NIH/NCRR M01RR00533. Starting Early Starting Smart Grant "Project RISE (Raising Infants in a Secure Environment)". PI: Ruth Rose-Jacobs, "Starting Early Starting Smart Longitudinal Preschool Extension for Project RISE," Total Cost: $1,101,151, Role Principal Investigator

2004-2010 R01 DA06532 NIH-NIDA PI: Deborah A. Frank, "Cocaine Exposure in Utero: Adolescent Follow-up," Total Cost: $3,148,122, Role Co-Investigator

2012-2014 90-CB-0186 Administration for Children and Families (ACYF), PI: Robert Sege, "RESPECT (Recovery, Empowerment, Social Services, Prenatal care, Education, and Community Treatment)-Plus" Total Cost: $1,899,526., Role: Co-investigator

2013-2015 AG-3198-B-10-0028 Research Program on Childhood Hunger, Food and Nutrition Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, "Child Food Insecurity in Families of Young Children with and without Special Health Care Needs." PI: Ruth Rose-Jacobs, Total Cost, $249,985, Role: Principal Investigator
Ruth Rose-Jacobs Sc.D.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Adolescent Development
  • Child Development
  • cognition
  • Executive function
  • food insecurity and housing insecurity
  • Infant
  • Motor Skills
  • poverty
  • Premature infant
  • prenatal alcohol exposure
  • prenatal cocaine exposure
  • prenatal marijuana exposure
  • Parenting interventions
  • pregnant and parenting- opioid use disorder
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  1. Richardson MA, Grant-Knight W, Beeghly M, Rose-Jacobs R, Chen CA, Appugliese DP, Cabral HJ, Liebschutz JM, Frank DA. Psychological Distress Among School-Aged Children with and Without Intrauterine Cocaine Exposure: Perinatal Versus Contextual Effects. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2016 Apr; 44(3):547-60. PMID: 26194603.
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  2. Rose-Jacobs R, Fiore JG, de Cuba SE, Black M, Cutts DB, Coleman SM, Heeren T, Chilton M, Casey P, Cook J, Frank DA. Children with Special Health Care Needs, Supplemental Security Income, and Food Insecurity. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2016 Feb-Mar; 37(2):140-7. PMID: 26836641.
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  3. Bailey T, Cook JT, Ettinger de Cuba S , Casey PH, Chilton M, Coleman SM , Cutts DB, Heeren TC, Rose-Jacobs R, Black MM, Frank DA. . Development of an index of subsidized housing availability and its relationship to housing insecurity. Housing Policy Debate Journal. 2016; 1(26):172-187.
  4. Barthelemy OJ, Richardson MA, Rose-Jacobs R, Forman LS, Cabral HJ, Frank DA. Effects of intrauterine substance and postnatal violence exposure on aggression in children. Aggress Behav. 2016 May-Jun; 42(3):209-21. PMID: 26660077.
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  5. Bovell A, Rose-Jacobs R, Ettinger de Cuba S, Coleman S, Frank DA. Nurturing Children: Solutions to Alleviate Hardship and Barriers for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs. Research findings from the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program. 2015.
  6. Liebschutz JM, Crooks D, Rose-Jacobs R, Cabral HJ, Heeren TC, Gerteis J, Appugliese DP, Heymann OD, Lange AV, Frank DA. Prenatal substance exposure: What predicts behavioral resilience by early adolescence? Psychol Addict Behav. 2015 Jun; 29(2):329-37. PMID: 26076097.
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  7. Kathryn T. Bailey, John T. Cook, Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, Patrick H. Casey, Mariana Chilton, Sharon M. Coleman, Diana Becker Cutts, Timothy C. Heeren, Ruth Rose- Jacobs, Maureen M. Black & Deborah A. Frank - . Development of an Index of Subsidized Housing Availability and its Relationship to Housing Insecurity. Housing Policy Debate. 2015; April.
  8. Beeghly M, Rose-Jacobs R, Martin BM, Cabral HJ, Heeren TC, Frank DA. Level of intrauterine cocaine exposure and neuropsychological test scores in preadolescence: subtle effects on auditory attention and narrative memory. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2014 Sep-Oct; 45:1-17. PMID: 24978115.
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  9. Frank DA, Kuranz S, Appugliese D, Cabral H, Chen C, Crooks D, Heeren T, Liebschutz J, Richardson M, Rose-Jacobs R. Problematic substance use in urban adolescents: role of intrauterine exposures to cocaine and marijuana and post-natal environment. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Sep 1; 142:181-90. PMID: 24999059.
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  10. Meyers A, Joyce K, Coleman SM, Cook JT, Cutts D, Ettinger de Cuba S, Heeren TC, Rose-Jacobs R, Black MM, Casey PH, Chilton M, Sandel M, Frank DA. Health of children classified as underweight by CDC reference but normal by WHO standard. Pediatrics. 2013 Jun; 131(6):e1780-7. PMID: 23690515.
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  11. Cook JT, Black M, Chilton M, Cutts D, Ettinger de Cuba S, Heeren TC, Rose-Jacobs R, Sandel M, Casey PH, Coleman S, Weiss I, Frank DA. Are food insecurity's health impacts underestimated in the U.S. population? Marginal food security also predicts adverse health outcomes in young U.S. children and mothers. Adv Nutr. 2013 Jan; 4(1):51-61. PMID: 23319123.
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  12. Black MM, Quigg AM, Cook J, Casey PH, Cutts DB, Chilton M, Meyers A, Ettinger de Cuba S, Heeren T, Coleman S, Rose-Jacobs R, Frank DA. WIC participation and attenuation of stress-related child health risks of household food insecurity and caregiver depressive symptoms. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 May; 166(5):444-51. PMID: 22566545.
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  13. Rose-Jacobs R, Augustyn M, Beeghly M, Martin B, Cabral HJ, Heeren TC, Richardson MA, Frank DA. Intrauterine substance exposures and Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-II scores at 11 years of age. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care. 2012; 7(2):186-197.
  14. Cutts DB, Meyers AF, Black MM, Casey PH, Chilton M, Cook JT, Geppert J, Ettinger de Cuba S, Heeren T, Coleman S, Rose-Jacobs R, Frank DA. US Housing insecurity and the health of very young children. Am J Public Health. 2011 Aug; 101(8):1508-14. PMID: 21680929.
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  15. Gerteis J, Chartrand M, Martin B, Cabral HJ, Rose-Jacobs R, Crooks D, Frank DA. Are there effects of intrauterine cocaine exposure on delinquency during early adolescence? A preliminary report. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2011 Jun; 32(5):393-401. PMID: 21558951.
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  16. Rose-Jacobs R, Soenksen S, Appugliese DP, Cabral HJ, Richardson MA, Beeghly M, Heeren TC, Frank DA. Early adolescent executive functioning, intrauterine exposures and own drug use. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2011 May-Jun; 33(3):379-92. PMID: 21371553.
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  17. Hager ER, Quigg AM, Black MM, Coleman SM, Heeren T, Rose-Jacobs R, Cook JT, de Cuba SA, Casey PH, Chilton M, Cutts DB, Meyers AF, Frank DA. Development and validity of a 2-item screen to identify families at risk for food insecurity. Pediatrics. 2010 Jul; 126(1):e26-32. PMID: 20595453.
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  18. Frank DA, Rose-Jacobs R, Crooks D, Cabral HJ, Gerteis J, Hacker KA, Martin B, Weinstein ZB, Heeren T. Adolescent initiation of licit and illicit substance use: Impact of intrauterine exposures and post-natal exposure to violence. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2011 Jan-Feb; 33(1):100-9. PMID: 20600847.
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  19. Frank DA, Casey PH, Black MM, Rose-Jacobs R, Chilton M, Cutts D, March E, Heeren T, Coleman S, de Cuba SE, Cook JT. Cumulative hardship and wellness of low-income, young children: multisite surveillance study. Pediatrics. 2010 May; 125(5):e1115-23. PMID: 20385641.
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  20. Rose-Jacobs R, Waber D, Beeghly M, Cabral H, Appugleise D, Heeren T, Marani J, Frank DA. Intrauterine cocaine exposure and executive functioning in middle childhood. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2009 May-Jun; 31(3):159-68. PMID: 19146950.
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  21. Cook JT, Frank DA, Casey PH, Rose-Jacobs R, Black MM, Chilton M, Ettinger de Cuba S, Appugliese D, Coleman S, Heeren T, Berkowitz C, Cutts DB. A brief indicator of household energy security: associations with food security, child health, and child development in US infants and toddlers. Pediatrics. 2008 Oct; 122(4):e867-75. PMID: 18829785.
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  22. Rivkin MJ, Davis PE, Lemaster JL, Cabral HJ, Warfield SK, Mulkern RV, Robson CD, Rose-Jacobs R, Frank DA. Volumetric MRI study of brain in children with intrauterine exposure to cocaine, alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. Pediatrics. 2008 Apr; 121(4):741-50. PMID: 18381539.
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  23. Rose-Jacobs R, Black MM, Casey PH, Cook JT, Cutts DB, Chilton M, Heeren T, Levenson SM, Meyers AF, Frank DA. Household food insecurity: associations with at-risk infant and toddler development. Pediatrics. 2008 Jan; 121(1):65-72. PMID: 18166558.
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  24. MacDonald HZ, Beeghly M, Grant-Knight W, Augustyn M, Woods RW, Cabral H, Rose-Jacobs R, Saxe GN, Frank DA. Longitudinal association between infant disorganized attachment and childhood posttraumatic stress symptoms. Dev Psychopathol. 2008; 20(2):493-508. PMID: 18423091.
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  25. O'Leary CC, Frank DA, Grant-Knight W, Beeghly M, Augustyn M, Rose-Jacobs R, Cabral HJ, Gannon K. Suicidal ideation among urban nine and ten year olds. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2006 Feb; 27(1):33-9. PMID: 16511366.
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  26. Beeghly M, Martin B, Rose-Jacobs R, Cabral H, Heeren T, Augustyn M, Bellinger D, Frank DA. Prenatal cocaine exposure and children's language functioning at 6 and 9.5 years: moderating effects of child age, birthweight, and gender. J Pediatr Psychol. 2006 Jan-Feb; 31(1):98-115. PMID: 15843502.
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  27. Frank DA, Rose-Jacobs R, Beeghly M, Wilbur M, Bellinger D, Cabral H. Level of prenatal cocaine exposure and 48-month IQ: importance of preschool enrichment. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2005 Jan-Feb; 27(1):15-28. PMID: 15681118.
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  28. Rose-Jacobs R, Cabral H, Beeghly M, Brown ER, Frank DA. The Movement Assessment of Infants (MAI) as a predictor of two-year neurodevelopmental outcome for infants born at term who are at social risk. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2004; 16(4):212-21. PMID: 17057551.
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  29. Beeghly M, Frank DA, Rose-Jacobs R, Cabral H, Tronick E. Level of prenatal cocaine exposure and infant-caregiver attachment behavior. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2003 Jan-Feb; 25(1):23-38. PMID: 12633734.
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  30. Rose-Jacobs R, Cabral H, Posner MA, Epstein J, Frank DA. Do "we just know"? Masked assessors' ability to accurately identify children with prenatal cocaine exposure. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2002 Oct; 23(5):340-6. PMID: 12394522.
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  31. Rose-Jacobs R. Development of gait at slow, free, and fast speeds in 3- and 5-year-old children. Phys Ther. 1983 Aug; 63(8):1251-9. PMID: 6878435.
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