Dr. Marilyn S. Jacobs, Ph.D., ABPP

Cinical Psychologist Specializing in Pain Management

Marilyn S. Jacobs, Ph.D., ABPP is a clinical psychologist specializing in pain management. 

Dr. Jacobs obtained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles and a Psy.D. in psychoanalysis from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles.  She holds board certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology in the specialization of psychoanalysis in psychology.   Prior to becoming a clinical psychologist, Dr. Jacobs was trained as a physician’s assistant at the George Washington University and then practiced medicine for 10 years, most notably in the specialty of emergency medicine.   

Dr. Jacobs’ understanding of pain has been enriched by over 25 years of participation in pain medicine trainings, participation in advisory boards for best practice guidelines for pain treatments, presentations at conferences and symposia, publications in peer-reviewed journals and newsletters and teaching both graduate students in the mental health disciplines as well as physicians in training.   

Dr. Jacobs is a voluntary clinical faculty at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in psychiatry/biobehavioral sciences and in anesthesiology.   She is a faculty at the Wright Institute Los Angeles where she teaches a course in medical psychoanalysis.  She has also been an active member of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association where she has been a member of the Board of Directors, chaired several committees, and, in 2010 was the recipient of that organization’s Leadership Award.  She is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the North American Neuromodulation Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain.   

Dr. Jacobs provides several types of mental health service to pain patients.  She is highly experienced with psychological evaluations to patients to assess their suitability for invasive pain therapies such as spinal cord stimulation and drug delivery pump implantation.  She administers psychological testing as a part of these evaluations. Dr. Jacobs also provides individual psychotherapy – both short and long term.   While she applies several different psychotherapy approaches, including cognitive/behavioral and supportive, she mostly relies upon a psychodynamic orientation.    Dr. Jacobs focuses in her work on how pain and suffering affects each patient individually. She recognizes how pain is psychologically devastating and thus considers the meaning of pain and how pain interferes with the patient’s feelings about themselves and their life.  In the many years of practice, and in conjunction with the CPMC treatment team, Dr. Jacobs has helped pain patients recover from their condition and be able to manage their pain effectively so that they can function optimally. 

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