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Queen's University

Jill Jacobson


Associate Professor

B.A., (Honors), Northwestern University, 1990
M.A., Ohio State University, 1995
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1999


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T: 613.533.2847 


318 Craine

Psychology Department

Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6


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Research Interests

I study the social-cognitive and social-behavioural consequences of two distinct but related individual differences:  dysphoria and causal uncertainty.  Dysphoria refers to mild to moderate levels of depression, and causal uncertainty pertains to confidence in one’s ability to understand why things happen to oneself and to others.  My current research is focused primarily on trying to understand an interesting paradox:  Although dysphoric and causally uncertain people are more motivated to understand other people and more accurate in their social perceptions, they also are more likely to experience interpersonal problems including greater loneliness, shyness, and social rejection.

Selected Publications

 Rounding, K., Jacobson, J. A., & Lindsay, R. C. L. (in press).  Examining the effects of changes in depressive symptomatology on eyewitness identification. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Rounding, K., & Jacobson, J. A.  (2013).  The role of causal uncertainty in the relationship between perceived parental dysphoria and offspring’s own dysphoria.  Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 1058-1069.

Boucher, E. M., & Jacobson, J. A.  (2012).  The social impact of causal uncertainty in dyadic conversations between friends and strangers.  European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 652-663.

Harkness, K. L., Jacobson, J. A., Sinclair, B., Chan, E., & Sabbagh, M. A. (2012).  For love or money?: What motivates people to know the minds of others? Cognition and Emotion, 26, 541-549.

Jacobson, J. A., Weary, G., & Lin, Y. S.* (2008).  Causal uncertainty and metacognitive inferences about goal attainment.  Cognition and Emotion, 22, 1276-1305.

Jacobson, J. A.  (2007). The relationship among causal uncertainty, reassurance seeking, and dysphoria.  Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26, 923-940.

 Area of Specialty


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000