Barry Jacobs

I'm a clinical psychologist and co-author of AARP Meditations for Caregivers who specializes in helping family caregivers

Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and the co-author (with his wife, Julia Mayer, Psy.D.) of AARP Meditations for Caregivers—Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family (DaCapo, 2016). His first book, The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers—Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent (Guilford, 2006), was named the best book on family caregiving by the popular Ask Amy syndicated newspaper column. As a clinician, he specializes in helping families cope with serious and chronic medical illnesses. As an educator, he works as the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, PA and has had adjunct faculty positions with the Temple University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Department of Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the national spokesperson on family caregiving for the American Heart Association, a member of the AARP Caregiving Advisory Panel, and an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association. A former journalist, he frequently blogs on family caregiving for Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Hahnemann/Widener Universities.