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Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP is a Professor at The University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Dr. Frey chairs the Social Work in the Workplace & Employee Assistance Sub-specialization (formerly EAP Sub-specialization) and the Financial Social Work Initiative and the emerging Behavioral Health and Well-Being Lab (BHWell Lab). Her MSW and PhD degrees were earned from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Frey’s research focuses on workplace behavioral health, including the impact of employee health and well-being on productivity and safety. She studies the effectiveness of employee assistance, work/life, and related programs for working age adults and families. She has dedicated a significant portion of her research and advocacy to suicide prevention and crisis response in the workplace.
Recent refereed articles have been published in American Journal of Addictions, Social Work, Journal of Career Development, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 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. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health. She is also the Co-Founder of the International Employee Assistance Digital Archive, housed at the University of Maryland, and which was awarded the Best Use of Technology in the Employee Assistance Field by the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) in 2019.
Dr. Frey co-chairs the Workplace Suicide Prevention and Postvention Committee of the American Association of Suicidology where she leads the development and dissemination of the National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention. She is also a 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.
Prior to teaching, Dr. Frey provided employee assistance 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, Inc., 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, Inc. as a senior researcher for the international consulting firm specializing in the evaluation of EAPs and work/life programs.