Missi Jacobson, MSW
Missi Jacobson is a doctoral student of Child Development at Erikson Institute and Loyola University Chicago. Her main focus during her doctoral studies has been block play in early childhood classrooms. Missi completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, specializing in Children, Youth and Families. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Missi has been working with youth and families most of her life, working at an overnight summer camp as a counselor, village supervisor, and program director. Missi also worked as an early childhood educator for four years, working with the 3-5 year olds. During her doctoral studies, Missi has been a part of multiple research teams at Erikson Institute. The research teams have included a home visitor professional development and monitoring programs, a parent-physician communication study, the Early Math Collaborative, and the TEC Center. For the TEC Center, Missi has been working with Dr. Alexis Lauricella to complete a qualitative observational study looking at better understanding teachers’ experiences using iPads in their early childhood classrooms.