Dr. Lisette Jacobson is an Assistant Professor in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita as a community psychologist in Public Health. Lisette has sought to blend biomedical and psychosocial approaches to improve population health in urban and largely rural areas of Kansas. Lisette’s research interests focus on risk and protective factors during women’s reproductive years and their short- and long-term health outcomes for women and their families. To this end, she has investigated health inequities in breastfeeding and smoking behaviors among vulnerable populations in rural versus urban locations, the relationship between breastfeeding and incidence of stroke among racially and ethnically diverse women, pregnancy and birth outcomes among underserved women in remote rural locations, and associations between infertility, infertility treatment and women’s cardiovascular health outcomes.
Lisette has served as the on the KBC’s Board of Directors as the Treasurer since 2014. In addition to actively participating in professional organizations such as the American Public Health Association and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Lisette currently chairs the Wichita Area Breastfeeding Coalition. She has been married for more than 20 years, has three (all breastfed) teenagers (including a set of twins), and two sweet dogs. Outside of work, she enjoys modifying and driving her muscle cars on the track (and open road), and numerous other outdoor activities.