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Jodi Jacobson Frey

Jodi Jacobson Frey

Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey is an associate professor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Dr. Jacobson Frey chairs the employee assistance program (EAP) sub-specialization and the financial social work Initiative. Her MSW and PhD degrees were earned from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Jacobson Frey’s research focuses on workplace behavioral health, including the impact of health and well-being on employee productivity and safety. She studies the effectiveness of workplace programs such as EAPs and work/life and financial capability programs for working families. She has dedicated a significant portion of her research agenda to the prevention of suicide and crisis response in the workplace.

Recent refereed articles have been published in American Journal of Addictions, Social Work, Journal of Social Work Education, Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, Research on Social Work Practice and Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Dr. Jacobson Frey has presented research findings at international conferences, including: American Association of Suicidology, Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), Employee Assistance Society for North America and the Society for Social Work Research.

Dr. Jacobson Frey is the immediate past chair of EAPA’s Subcommittee on Workplace Disaster Preparedness and Response. In 2006, she was the recipient of the EAPA President’s Award for Excellence, recognizing her work on this committee. Dr. Jacobson Frey is also an active member of the Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) Knowledge, Transfer and Research Committee, member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the Workplace Task Force and is a certified trainer for the American Association of Suicidology.

Before teaching, Dr. Jacobson Frey provided EA and work/life services to NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, where she was recognized with several awards for her service to employees and family members. As an employee of COPE and later as an EA professional in private practice, she worked for several years providing direct EAP, outpatient mental health and crisis intervention services. Dr. Jacobson Frey also works with MASI Research Consultants as a senior researcher for the international consulting firm specializing in the evaluation of EAPs and work/life programs.

Recent Articles by Jodi Jacobson Frey

New Guidelines for Preventing Suicides

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and United Suicide Survivors International (United Survivors), announced their collaboration and release of the first National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention on World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10, 2019). The guidelines — built by listening to the expertise of diverse groups like HR, […]

Deaths of Despair: Employers Can Help

Recent headlines report an upward trend in “deaths of despair” among middle-aged, white (non-Hispanic) men, most with less than a college education. For the past 100 years, life expectancy has been increasing, but, among this group, that trend suddenly went into reverse. The explanation that Princeton University economists give includes an increase in suicide, overdoses (mostly […]

A Manager’s Response to Workplace Suicide

There are more than 41,000 suicide deaths per year in the U.S; the majority occur among people of working age. This number alone can dramatically affect the workplace. Add to this number that there are about six people affected, many being coworkers, for every suicide death, and the potential impact to the workplace quickly becomes evident. […]

Why Employers Must Help Stop Suicide

The American Association of Suicidology said it best when it created this logo for the association: “Suicide prevention is everyone’s business.” By everyone, the association includes employers and work organizations. Considering that the workplace is where the majority of working-age adults spend a significant portion of their day, and sometimes night, it only makes sense […]

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