David Jacobson is a professional speaker, author and hospital director. He is the former Chief of Social Work of the Phoenix VA where he assisted in improving their mental health system. He also is the former Social Work Manager at University Medical Center who worked with the patients and families of trauma's including the tragic shooting event in Tucson that happened at his hospital January 8th, 2011 which resulted in a personal thank you from the President for his work with the shooting victims and their families. For over 30 years David, has provided his expertise on humor and health related topics to audiences around the country and served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) . In addition, he is one of a very few Board Certified Humor Professionals. An honor bestowed through the Three year Humor Academy of AATH. David has been featured internationally by various media outlets, including magazines, journals and television from London to Seoul, Korea. In addition to his new book he is the author of “The 7 ½ Habits of Highly Humorous People.” And “The Jacobson Joy Inventory: A New Look at Measuring Depression.” Related to this book, he is currently working on a new research project for improving depression measures with his Jacobson Joy Inventory and Positive Health Questionnaire which are currently going through the Institutional Review Board for approval to begin the research at Banner University Medical Center in association with the University of Arizona.
David Jacobson suffered many losses early in his life including a diagnosis with a severe form of arthritis at 22 in 1980. Since then, he has become a living example that you can accomplish anything if you truly believe in yourself. Through his years of struggling with chronic pain, he developed humor techniques that got him through the hard times. He now teaches these skills to audiences around the country in his keynotes and workshops which as entertaining as they are educational.
His many honors include a President's Award from Flashnet Marketing, Inc. , A Lifetime Achievement Award and a National Hero Overcoming Arthritis award by the Arthritis Foundation National Office for completing a 50 mile unicycle ride at a fund raising event and the Wayne Washburn Memorial Award which reads as follows "We all need someone or something to inspire us to bring out our best. You are that someone."
For the past fifteen years, Mr. Jacobson has worked as a hospital administrator in addition to his writing, speaking and consulting career. He is currently the Director of Behavioral Health Case Management at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson.