Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Assistant Adjunct Professor UCSD Neuropsychology
Address 858-543-3479 Atkinson Hall- Third Floor / 9500 Gilman Drive / La Jolla, CA 92093

Graduate Institution

SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Research Description

Dr. Jacobus is an Assistant Professor and licensed Clinical Psychologist in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. Her current research interests focus on neurocognitive and structural brain changes related to healthy adolescent neurodevelopment and substance use, particularly alcohol and cannabis abuse. She is working on projects utilizing prospective study designs and multimodal neuroimaging approaches to understand the complex relationships between structural brain changes, risk taking behaviors, and neurocognitive functioning measured in adolescence and early adulthood. Dr. Jacobus is also interested in developing novel neuroscience-informed interventions for marijuana misuse.

Representative Publications
  • Jacobus, J., Castro, N., Squeglia, L.M., Meloy, M.J., Brumback, T., Huestis, M., Tapert, S.F. (2016). Adolescent cortical thickness pre- and post marijuana and alcohol initiation. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 57, 20-29.

  • Jacobus, J., Squeglia, L.M., Meruelo, A.D., Castro, N., Brumback, T., Giedd, J.N., & Tapert, S.F. (2015). Cortical thickness in adolescent marijuana and alcohol users: A three-year prospective study from adolescence to young adulthood. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, 101-109.

  • Jacobus, J., Squeglia, L.M., Infante, M.A., Castro, N., Brumback, T., Meruelo, A.D., & Tapert, S.F. (2015). Neuropsychological performance in adolescent marijuana users with co-occurring alcohol use: A three-year longitudinal study. Neuropsychology, 29, 829-843.


Susan Tapert, Ph.D. / Sandra A. Brown, Ph.D. / Terry Jernigan, Ph.D. / Jay Giedd, M.D. / Kara Bagot, M.D.