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Jeanna Jacobsen

Core Faculty
Jeanna Jacobsen

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Barbara Solomon School of Social Work

Degree ProgramMaster of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. Jacobsen is a core faculty member in Walden’s social work programs. For over 14 years, she has practiced clinical social work with an emphasis on crisis intervention and trauma-informed care. Taking a feminist multicultural approach to therapy, Dr. Jacobsen has applied her experience to a wide range of issues among diverse populations in community mental health, managed behavioral health, employee assistance plans, and college counseling. They have taught since 2009. Dr. Jacobsen's scholarship has focused on intersecting identities, specifically related to sexuality, gender, and spirituality. As a feminist qualitative research methodologist, their research interests include women and LGBTQ+ populations. Recent research and publications/presentations have focused on teaching diversity and difference in the social work classroom. They are currently working on their MS in Instructional Design and Technology.


PhD, University of Utah

MSW, Columbia University


Jacobsen, J. M. (2019). Diversity and difference in the online environment. The Journal of Teaching in Social Work

Dessel, A., Levy, D., Lewis, T. O., McCarty- Caplan, D., Jacobsen, J. M., Kaplan, L. (2019). Teaching Note—Challenges in the Classroom on LGBTQ Topics and Christianity in Social Work Journal of Social Work Education

Dessel, A., Jacobsen, J. M., Levy, D., McCarty-Caplan, D., Lewis, T., Kaplan, L. E. (2017). LGBTQ topics and Christianity in social work: Tackling the tough questions Social Work & Christianity

Jacobsen, J. M. (2017). Community influences on Mormon women with same-sex sexuality Culture, Health & Sexuality

Jacobsen, J. M., Wright, R. (2014). Mental health implications in Mormon women’s experiences with same-sex attraction The Counseling Psychologist


Christensen, C., Fawson, P., Wright, R., Lee, J., Jacobsen, J. M. (2020). From Mormon to Scholar: The Use of Collaborative Autoethnography in Social Justice Work

Jacobsen, J. M., Christensen, M. C., Wright, R. L. (2020). Online Colorblind?: “Outing” Faculty Social Identity in the Online Asynchronous Classroom

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