Diane Jacobstein, PhD

Georgetown UCEDD
Center for Child and Human Development
Georgetown University
3300 Whitehaven Street, NW, Suite 3300
Mailing address Box 571485
Washington, DC 20057-1485
Phone: 202-687-5372
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 09, 2006


Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Autism/Pervasive DD Disorder
Discipline(s): Psychology
Research: Children's Mental Health Policy, Developmental Disabilities, Dual Diagnosis
Education: Clinical Psychology
Service: Autism and Communications Disorders, Mental Health, Homelessness, Integration of Mental Health and Primary Care, Cognitive Therapy



Clark University, Worcester, MA, 1972; AB -   English Literature/Psychology

University of Madrid, Spain, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, 1970-71; Spanish

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1978; MA - Clinical Psychology

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1982; PhD - Clinical Psychology

Georgetown University, Department of Pediatrics, Washington, DC, 1975-1976; Externship

American University Counseling Center, Washington, DC, 1976-1977; Clinical Psychology Internship                                                    


children's mental health policy, developmental disabilities, dual diagnosis, early childhood mental health consultation, homelessness, integration of mental health and primary care, cognitive therapy


Georgetown University Faculty Appointments:

  • Research Associate Professor in Pediatrics, 2002
  • Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics, 1988
  • Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, 1985
  • Pediatric Psychologist, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, 1977-present.

Current Position: Senior Policy Associate. National TA Center for Children's Mental Health, Georgetown U. Center for Child and Human Development., December 2001 to present. Research on program models for children with co-occurring mental retardation and mental health needs. Development of a coalition of national professional organizations concerned with developing the children's mental health workforce within systems of care.

Psychologist, Autism and Communications Disorders Clinic, Georgetown, 2001-present.  Evaluation of preschool children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders.

Mental Health Consultant, November 1992-present, for Bright Beginnings, Inc., a Head Start/Early Head Start program for families who are homeless.

Additional Community Outreach Activities

  • Clinical Director / Acting Clinical Director, 1991-1992, Georgetown University
  • Diagnostic and Treatment Team, Outreach Clinic in NE Washington for adults and children with both emotional disorders and intellectual disability
  • Catholic Schools Project, 1998- 2001, Psychologist for interdisciplinary team in eight Center-City Consortium Catholic Schools. Consultation with teachers and administrators around behavioral problems and developmental issues.
  • Georgetown University Pediatric Mobile Clinic, (developmental team in Southeast Washington, D.C.), 1993 & 1996-1999. Evaluated children and consulted with medical staff, parents and school personnel about developmental and social-emotional issues.
  • Knock on Every Door, 1993-1996. Worked with families in emergency shelter, conducting developmental screenings, psychological evaluations, and referring for needed services. Participated in an intensive training program for mothers studying to be day care providers.
  • Pediatric Psychology Consultation with Georgetown Medical Teams (13 years)
  • Coordinator of Inpatient Pediatric Psychology, 1982-1988
  • Pediatric Dialysis Team, 13 years (1975-1976 & 1977-1988)
  • Coordinator, Adolescent Coping Project (renal patients) 1979-1981
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, 1985-1988
  • Renal Transplant Unit, 1978-1987
  • Hematology-Oncology Team, 6 years (1977-1980 & 1982-1986)
  • Pediatric Training Program (Ambulatory Pediatric Rotation)
  • Early Childhood Technical Assistance and Training
  • Information Specialist 1980-1983, Georgetown University Region III Resource Access
  • Project Technical Assistance and Training for Head Start programs in six states
  • Assistant Coordinator, 1977, Georgetown Project for Day Care Providers
  • Psychotherapist (for adults and children) and Consultant, part-time, 1983- present.
  • Consulting Psychologist in a pediatric practice, (with children and adults)1989 to present. Bernstein, Paxton, Witkin & Feldman. Silver Spring, MD (formerly Shapiro, Bernstein, Paxton & Witkin)
  • Consultant, Jewish Community Hospice Team, 1998 to present.
  • Jewish Social Services Agency, Facilitator for monthly team process meeting.


Huang, L., Macbeth, G., Dodge, J., Jacobstein, D. and Davis, C., Issue Brief: Transforming the Workforce in Children's Mental Health, Georgetown National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, 2005.

Jacobstein, D., Custody Relinquishment- An Avoidable Tragedy: U.S. Public Policy Update, The NADD Bulletin, 2005, v. 8(1), pp. 9,16.

Huang, L., Macbeth, G., Dodge, J., and Jacobstein, D. Transforming the Workforce in Children's Mental Health, in Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 2004, v. 32(2), 167-187.

Jacobstein, D. and Cattan, L. Mending Cracks in Service Delivery for Children: Interagency Strategies That Really Work, The NADD Bulletin, 2004, v. 7(2), pp. 23-27.

Jacobstein, D. and McNelis, T. Children's Services in the Real World: NADD US Public Policy Update, The NADD Bulletin, 2003, v. 6(6), pp. 120-121.

Jacobstein, D. and Cattan, L. Mending Cracks in Service Delivery for Children: Interagency Strategies That Really Work, Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, Kingston, NY: NADD, October 2003, pp. 51-54.

Bronheim, S. and Jacobstein, D. Psychosocial Assessment in Chronic and Fatal Illness, in P.R. Magrab (ed.), Psychological and Behavioral Assessment: Impact on Pediatric Care, New York: Plenum, 1984, pp. 279-335.


Conversational fluency in Spanish