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Joy Jacobs Doctor of Philosophy

Specialty: Clinical Psychology
San Francisco, California
Dr. Joy Jacobs is a clinical psychologist and published author who provides individual, family and... Full Bio
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Healthy Kids Depend on Healthy Parents by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Forget what you read in the tabloids.  Please join me at The Conversation for helpful strategies for you or your loved ones for balancing body, mind and spirit post-pre ... Read on »
8 Steps to Becoming the Most Beautiful You by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Read my tips for a healthy body image on The Conversation at: http://shar.es/CqOyq Read on »
The Power to Choose by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I write today as a parent first and a psychologist second.  Words are not coming to me like they usually do.  The senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary has shaken u ... Read on »
Parents As Heroes by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Each family that I have the privilege of working with is heroic in its own way.  Refeeding a child is hard work—which is probably the understatement of the year to those ... Read on »
Food Fights and Sibling Rivalry by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders As an eating disorders therapist specializing in FBT, I read a recent New York Times essay with great interest (Sibling Rivalry: One Long Food Fight) http://nyti.ms/QCW ... Read on »
Taking Notes by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Holiday meals are a time for us to come together with loved ones in shared celebration.  When an eating disorder takes a seat at the table, food can literally go flying, ... Read on »
We Can Do More and Better by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Today I sponsored a free Q & A on FBT for parents with questions on FBT and eating disorder treatment.  Among the themes that emerged were the following: The desp ... Read on »
Giving Thanks (and Relief) by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders This time of year is a time when I feel especially grateful for the amazing individuals and families I have been blessed to work with over the years.  Times were not alw ... Read on »
A Good Start by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders A Good Start   We all grew up hearing “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”  When you have a child with an eating disorder,  every nutritious meal i ... Read on »
Mother's Day Wish by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders My day today started in the best way possible, with a note of appreciation and gratitude from one of my “moms” (meaning, the mom of a family I am working with utilizing ... Read on »
A New Forum for Family-Based Treatment by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I am very pleased to announce that Psychology Today has offered to provide a forum for family-based treatment and One More Bite, starting with this posting.   This blog ... Read on »
People Magazine Looking For Families to Interview by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Hi all, I do not typically use this blog to field media queries, but I think this one may be worthwhile.  People Magazine is looking to interview families who have u ... Read on »
Update from the Field by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Last Friday, I attended an informative and invigorating conference on FBT jointly sponsored by UCSD and Maudsley Parents.  The day was chock full of information summariz ... Read on »
Bringing the Sparkle Back by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders My last post reflected on the challenges that face families affected by eating disorders at this time of year.  This post is about hope.  It is about the opportunity ... Read on »
Season's Meanings by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders For most families, holiday time is jam-packed with gift shopping, decorating, party hopping, cooking and eating galore.  When an eating disorder has taken over the house ... Read on »
Refeeding and Its Rewards by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Home-based refeeding is hard work, hands down often the hardest endeavor parents will ever undertake on behalf of their child.  I am often on the receiving end of phone ... Read on »
Another Thumbs-Up for Family-Based Treatment by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders The evidence continues to grow...supporting the utilization of FBT for teens with anorexia.  See the breaking news at: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-10/s ... Read on »
Family Feeding Dynamics Meets FBT by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I am a huge fan of the work of Ellen Satter.  If you are not familiar with her work, she focuses on healthy feeding practices for families.  You can learn more about h ... Read on »
Weighing In by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders To say that refeeding is a difficult process for all involved understates the endurance and herculean effort required.  It is thus understandable that when a child with ... Read on »
Confused? by Joy Jacobs Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Parents looking for treatment options for their child are often faced with confusing and conflicting information.  This is particularly the case when trying to deciph ... Read on »