Alan M. Jacobson, MD | NYU Long Island School of Medicine | NYU Langone Health

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Faculty Alan M. Jacobson, MD

Alan M. Jacobson, MD

I’ve served as the chief research officer at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island and director of the NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island’s Research Institute (formerly NYU Winthrop Research Institute) since 2009. My responsibilities include integrating research into the hospital’s clinical and academic missions, centralizing research activities, and developing effective strategies to maximize external funding for research.

My own research focuses on the psychological aspects of diabetes. Studies that I’ve been involved with have examined the impact of diabetes on the structure, chemistry, and function of the central nervous system; the quality of life of patients and their families; the effects of psychological and social factors on the course and outcomes of diabetes; and the development of psychological and medical interventions to improve outcomes for people who have diabetes.

Currently, I am principal investigator of a study examining the effects of long-term type 1 diabetes on neurocognitive functions in patients from 27 medical centers in the United States and Canada. The study evaluates the effects of biomedical factors on measures of brain structure and physiology and associated cognitive function.

I have overseen the establishment of a strong diabetes-oriented research program at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island and have served as the principal investigator for multiple National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded studies, including the Joslin Diabetes Center’s Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and the Epidemiology of Diabetes Control and Complications (EDIC) observational follow-up study. I also directed the behavioral science component of the DCCT/EDIC studies.

I’ve been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School since 1973 and am now emeritus professor of psychiatry. Before coming to NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, I started the Joslin Diabetes Center’s behavioral research and clinical mental health programs and served as chief medical officer of the Joslin Clinic, a multispecialty group practice. I also served as senior vice president and founding director of the Strategic Initiatives Division, the business ventures arm of Joslin Diabetes Center. I directed the division for 10 years, during which time I oversaw growth in revenues from $6 million to more than $25 million per year.

I have published more than 220 papers and articles on topics related to my research and clinical activities. I have received continuous funding for the last 40 years through a series of NIH grants and am currently the recipient of two NIH grants. In addition to my research, I am an avid painter, and my art draws on my work as a therapist and neuroscientist.

Education and Training

  • Chief Resident, Freedom Trail Clinic at the Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1972–73
  • Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital, Psychiatry, 1970–73
  • Rotating Intern, Kaiser Hospital, San Francisco, 1969–70
  • MD, University of Chicago Medical School, 1969
  • BA, Yale University, 1965





Academic Office

NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island
Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Boulevard
Mineola, NY 11501