Michelle E. Jacobs, M.D., Assistant Dean
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Health Equity
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Jacobs began her academic career by receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. She then pursued a Medical Degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. After graduating from the University of Miami, she completed her psychiatry residency, as well as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Florida. She currently works at the Counseling and Wellness Center as a staff Psychiatrist.
Dr. Jacobs’ clinical interests in psychiatry have changed over the last few years. After completing her training as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, most of Dr. Jacobs work had been with children ages 4-18, who suffered from disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders. However since she has been working at the student health care center for the University of Florida Dr. Jacobs has been working with young adults as well as mature adults who are pursuing graduate degrees. This has developed into a wonderful opportunity for her to do work with depression, eating disorders, panic disorders as well as the many different adjustment disorders. She has also worked as part of the treatment team for two specialty areas: eating disorders and survivors of sexual assault and abuse recovery. Dr. Jacobs has continued her interest in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by working with college students who have that diagnosis and consulting with the Office of Students Affairs, as well as the medical staff at the Health Care Center.
Educational Interests and Accomplishments
Dr. Jacobs’ teaching role is in the context of the supervision she provides to third year medical students when they rotate at the Student Health Care Center as part of their minor Psychiatry rotation. She also supervises psychiatry residents when they rotate at the Student Health Care Center as well.
Leadership and Service
Recently, Dr. Jacobs was co-chair of a search committee for a Student Mental Health Psychiatrist position. She has also participated in various presentations on topics such as Depression in African American Women, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Mental Health Issues for Women. She plans to continue these in the future. Dr. Jacobs’s involvement with the Minority Mentors Program for the university has given her an opportunity to meet with undergraduate freshmen students as well as other university professors and staff from various departments. Due to these contacts she has also done some consulting with a member of the College of Nursing.
Dr. Jacobs joined the Office for Diversity and Health Equity in 2008 as an Assistant Dean and looks forward to recruiting the brightest students and enriching their medical school experience.