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Jeanna Jacobsen

Core Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Barbara Solomon School of Social Work

Degree Program Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. Jacobsen is a core faculty member in Walden’s social work programs. They hold an MSW and PhD in Social Work and a MS in Instructional Design and Technology. For over 16 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.


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. (2020). Online Colorblind?: “Outing” Faculty Social Identity in the Online Asynchronous Classroom.