Center Investigator, Penn Injury Science Center
Dr. Jacoby combines nursing and public-health perspectives in her approach to injury science and urban health research. As a nurse in a Philadelphia ICU, Dr. Jacoby witnessed the profound trauma and violence that impacted the lives of hospitalized patients and their families. This inspired her to study the experience of injured people and the social and structural determinants of racial and ethnic disparities in trauma outcomes. At the Penn Injury Science Center, Dr. Jacoby’s research focuses on identifying why injuries occur where they do in urban spaces, the experiences of injured people as they recover in their homes and communities, and how we might innovate our health systems and urban environments to create safety and improve injury outcomes.