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Molly Jacobs - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Molly Jacobs

Associate Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Molly Jacobs conducts research on health equity, health disparities and multilevel analysis of the social determinants of health.


Dr. Molly Jacobs has published across the fields of medicine, public health, health economics, and health services research. Her work focuses on evaluating health outcomes, utilization, and access as well as the cost effectiveness of targeted interventions and programs. Dr. Jacobs engages in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions and the development of quasi-experimental analyses through interdisciplinary research grants from NIH and HRSA. She utilizes econometrics, data science, and machine learning approaches to understand and mitigate health inequities through increased understanding of the social determinants of health.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Multilevel Analysis

Health Equity

Health Disparities

Social Determinants of Health

Articles (4)

Racial disparities in post-stroke aphasia: A need to look beyond the base analysis

Journal of the National Medical Association

Molly Jacobs, et. al


Racial disparities have been reported in post-stroke conditions such as aphasia, yet findings have been inconsistent. Prior studies have generally included small numbers of people of color for comparisons of outcome. Consequently, it is unclear if the racial disparities that are consistently observed in stroke, the primary cause of aphasia, parallel disparities in aphasia outcomes.

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COVID-19, Police Violence, and Educational Disruption: The Differential Experience of Anxiety for Racial and Ethnic Households.

Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Ashley Burch, et. al


The threat of a deadly pandemic, racial tension, recessionary economic circumstances and educational disruption likely contributed to the heightened anxiety felt by many Americans in 2020. This study examines the differential anxiety experienced by Black, White and Hispanic households with and without children during 2020.

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Estimating the cost and value of functional changes in communication ability following telepractice treatment for aphasia


Molly Jacobs, et. al


Aphasia is a post-stroke condition that can dramatically impact a person with aphasia’s (PWA) communication abilities. To date, few if any studies have considered the cost and cost-effectiveness of functional change in aphasia nor considered measures of patient’s value for aphasia treatment.To assess the cost, cost-effectiveness and perceived value associated with improved functional communication in individuals receiving telerehabilitation treatment for aphasia.

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Anxiety during the Pandemic: Racial and ethnic differences in the trajectory of fear

Journal of Affective Disorders

Molly Jacobs, et. al


In addition to the threat of serious illness, COVID-19 brought abrupt changes in lifestyle resulting in widespread fear among many Americans. This study examines the evolution of anxiety over the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, testing for differential experiences among vulnerable populations. Phase 1 of the Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey details the frequency of anxiety among a nationally representative sample of adults from April 23, 2020 through July 21, 2020.

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