Barry Jacobs, Psy.D. and Julia Mayer, Psy.D.


Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. and Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D. are the co-authors of the new book, AARP Meditations for Caregivers—Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family (Da Capo, 2016).

Dr. Jacobs is a clinical psychologist, family therapist, and the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers—Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent. Dr. Jacobs has given more than 400 presentations on family caregiving for family caregivers, community groups, and medical and mental health professionals. He is the national spokesperson on caregiving for the American Heart Association and an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association. He has served on the expert panel for the Caregiver Crisis Great Challenge for and as a board member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. He has held adjunct faculty positions with the Temple University School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and the Department of Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. A blogger on family caregiving topics for and the Huffington Post, Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann/Widener Universities.

Dr. Mayer is a clinical psychologist who has been counseling individuals and couples for almost 25 years. Dr. Mayer has a private practice is in Media, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in women’s issues, including caregiving and other relationship concerns. She has held adjunct teaching positions at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology of Widener University and in Widener University’s undergraduate programs. She was also an instructor for the Master’s Program in Creative Arts Therapy at Hahnemann University, teaching courses on human development and psychoanalytic theory. Her novel, A Fleeting State of Mind, was published in 2014. Dr. Mayer received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate in psychology from Widener University.