Ruth Rose-Jacobs, ScD, MS
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Pediatrics
Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

ScD, Boston University
MS, Boston University

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.

Boston Medical Center

2013 National Academy of Sciences : Invited participant on Disability and Food Insecurity Panel
2013 National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics Food and Nutrition Board: Invited participant in “Multiple Systems Failure and Food Insecurity” discussion
2010 Massachusetts Bay Community College: Certificate of Appreciation- Service on Professional Advisory Board, Physical Therapy Assistant Prog
2002 Casey Family Program/Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP): Certificate of Appreciation-Recognition of Outstanding Work with Children and Families
1989 Boston University, Sargent College : Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program Scholarship Award & Dedication to Profession
1984-1989 Boston University: US Dept Education & HHS Traineeship

Maternal and Child Health Field-Initiated Research Program
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2021 (Co-PI)
HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration

09/30/2012 - 09/29/2017 (PI)
DHHS/Admin for Children & Families

Prenatal Cocaine Exposure: Young Adult Follow Up
07/01/2010 - 03/31/2017 (Activity-level PI)
PI: Deborah A. Frank, MD
5R01 DA006532-25

Child Food Insecurity in Families of Young Children with and without Special Health Care Needs
03/25/2013 - 05/15/2015 (PI)
University of Kentucky Research Foundation DOA

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Bagley SM, Cabral H, Saia K, Brown A, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Walley AY, Rose-Jacobs R. Frequency and associated risk factors of non-fatal overdose reported by pregnant women with opioid use disorder. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2018 Dec 14; 13(1):26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30547833.
  2. Rose-Jacobs R, Trevino-Talbot M, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Cabral HJ, Vibbert M, Saia K, Wachman EM. Could prenatal food insecurity influence neonatal abstinence syndrome severity? Addiction. 2019 Feb; 114(2):337-343.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30422365.
  3. Sandel M, Sheward R, Ettinger de Cuba S, Coleman S, Heeren T, Black MM, Casey PH, Chilton M, Cook J, Cutts DB, Rose-Jacobs R, Frank DA. Timing and Duration of Pre- and Postnatal Homelessness and the Health of Young Children. Pediatrics. 2018 Oct; 142(4).View Related Profiles. PMID: 30177513.
  4. Liebschutz JM, Buchanan-Howland K, Chen CA, Frank DA, Richardson MA, Heeren TC, Cabral HJ, Rose-Jacobs R. Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) correlations with prospective violence assessment in a longitudinal cohort. Psychol Assess. 2018 06; 30(6):841-845.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29847987.
  5. Sun J, Patel F, Rose-Jacobs R, Frank DA, Black MM, Chilton M. Mothers' Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Young Children's Development. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Dec; 53(6):882-891.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28919342.
  6. Rose-Jacobs R, Richardson MA, Buchanan-Howland K, Chen CA, Cabral H, Heeren TC, Liebschutz J, Forman L, Frank DA. Intrauterine exposure to tobacco and executive functioning in high school. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Jul 01; 176:169-175.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28544995.
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26194603; PMCID: PMC4854523; DOI: 10.1007/s10802-015-0052-5;.
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26836641; DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000260;.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26660077; DOI: 10.1002/ab.21607;.
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