Ruth Rose-Jacobs Sc.D.

Ruth Rose-Jacobs Sc.D.

Former Principal Investigator, Boston Medical Center

Email: rrosejac(at)
Tel: (617) 414-5480

Dr. Rose-Jacobs is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, Research Scientist at Boston Medical Center, and a Former Principal Investigator with Children’s HealthWatch. Currently, Dr. Rose-Jacobs is also Director of the Infant and Child Development Laboratory at Boston Medical Center. In addition to research, she has extensive clinical experience with children with developmental disabilities and their families, including working in the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center. She also serves on the State Mental Health Planning Council of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

She received her Sc.D. from Boston University in Developmental Therapeutic Sciences and her B.S. from Washington University School of Medicine in Physical Therapy. Prior to joining Boston University, she was faculty at Northeastern University and director of a clinical training program at the Eunice Shriver Center, University Affiliated Program, Waltham, MA.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Maternal and child health and development
  • Biological and social issues associated with at-risk child development


In 2002, she was recognized by the Casey Family Programs and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), in Recognition of Outstanding Work with Children and Families. In 2010, she was recognized by the Massachusetts Bay Community College, Framingham, MA, for her servce on the school’s Professional Advisory Board.


Early Adolescent Executive Functioning, Intrauterine Exposures, and Own Drug Use Neurotoxicology and Teratology
May 1, 2011

Housing Insecurity and the Health of Very Young Children,
Am J of Public Health
August 1, 2011

Development and Validity of a 2-Item Screen to Identify Families at Risk for Food Insecurity
July 1, 2011

The Starting Early Starting Smart Integrated Services Model: Improving Access to Behavioral Health Services in the Pediatric Health Care Setting for At-Risk Families with Young Children.
J Child Fam Stud
February 1, 2010

Intrauterine cocaine exposure and executive functioning in middle childhood.
Neurotoxicology and Teratology
May 1, 2009