Ruth Harriet Jacobs, Ph.D. is a gerontologist, sociologist, educator, poet, and author of eight books. She has over 35 years of teaching experience and has provided many C.E.U. courses for professionals. Speaking and leading workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad, for 20 years she has been a researcher at Wellesley College Center for Research on Women.
After raising a family, Dr. Jacobs received her B.S. (age 40) from Boston University and her Ph.D. at age 45 from Brandeis. She was a professor for 13 years at Boston University before going to Clark University in 1982 as Sociology Department Chair (leaving Clark in 1987). She now teaches at Springfield College and Boston Learning Society.
She has been the recipient of grants and awards to pursue aging studies from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the United States Department of Education, the Stone Center, the Southport Institute for Policy Analysis and many others. In 1993 she received the Pioneer Award of the New England Sociology Association and has also received the Distinguished Gerontologist Award from the University of Massachusetts. Over the years she has served as a consultant to government and voluntary agencies and has served on the AARP's National Task Force on Aging and Mental Health.
Dr. Jacobs has contributed chapters to many important books, poems to many anthologies, and numerous articles to scholarly journals. She writes a monthly column for the award-winning Senior Times and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Women and Aging.
She has been Distinguished Visiting Professor at the College of William and Mary (1990) and a Research Scholar at the Five Colleges Women's Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College (1992). In 1998 she received an Athena Award for Excellence in Mentoring. She was a tenured Full Professor at both Boston University and Clark University. She has keynoted major conferences, has done extensive group work with older women and was also a reporter and feature writer for the Boston Herald-Traveler newspaper.
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