Jenn Jacobs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Sport and Exercise Psychology


Kinesiology and Physical Education

Research Interests

  • Sport for incarcerated populations
  • International sport for social change
  • Sport for development


  • Ph.D. Northern Illinois University, Educational Psychology
  • M.S. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Sport Psychology
  • B.S. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Kinesiology

Recent Publications

  • Jacobs, J.M., Bennett, G., and Wahl-Alexander, Z. (in press). Counter Stories on the Meaning of Sport in the Lives of Black Youth who are Incarcerated. The Sociology of Sport: Special Issue on A Critical Examination of Race and Antiracism in the Sport for Development Field: Reimagining and Recreating Spaces for True Racial Inclusion and Equity.
  • Wahl-Alexander., Z., and Jacobs, J.M. (in press). Physical Activity and Social Behaviors of Incarcerated Youth Participating in a Sports-Leadership Program. Journal of Correctional Health Care.
  • Kuipers, K., Jacobs, J.M., Miossi, L., and Davis, J. (2022). Using social media to foster engagement and connection in sport psychology classrooms. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 13(4), 272-281.
  • LeCrom, C., Jacobs, J.M. and Kuipers, K. (2022). Transformative learning abroad: The impacts of an international sport-focused trip on American girls. The Journal of Sport for Development, 10(2).
  • Jacobs, J., and Wahl-Alexander, Z. (2021). Self-efficacy experiences of graduate students working in a sport-based leadership program at a youth prison. Child Adolescence Social Work Journal.

Recently Funded Projects

  • ENVEST Tanzania: A boxing and football international exchange project in Tanzania (2022). U.S. Department of State Sports United Grant.
  • Project FLEX (Fitness Leadership EXperience): a comprehensive evaluation of a sport education program for incarcerated youth (2020, 2021, 2022). Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice 
  • She Believes in Belize: The First National Women’s Sports Summit. Citizen Action Diplomacy Fund. (2019). U.S. Department of State
  • Fighting for Better Body Image: A Boxing Body Empowerment Club for Middle School Girls. (2018). DeKalb Township Committee on Youth
  • Alternative Spring BAE: Belizean Academic Experience for sport sciences students (2018). NIU College of Education Instructional Innovation Grant

Courses Taught

  • KNPE 310 - Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise
  • KNPE 582 - Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • KNPE 583 - Psychology of Coaching
  • KNPE 586 - Sport: Culture and Society
  • KNPE 587 - Professional Preparation in Sport and Exercise Psychology Professions

Contact Us

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education 
Anderson Hall 221
DeKalb, IL 60115
P: 815-753-1407
F: 815-753-1413

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