Jodi Frey

Jodi Frey‌Jodi Jacobson Frey, Associate Dean for Research and Professor


Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP is a Full Professor with tenure and Associate Dean for Research at University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Dr. Frey chairs the Social Work in the Workplace & Employee Assistance Sub-specialization (formerly EAP Sub-specialization) is the Founder and Faculty Executive Director of the recently launched Behavioral Health and Well-Being Lab (BHWell Lab). Between 2011-2022, she chaired the Financial Social Work Initiative and remains active as a member of the Steering Committee. Her MSW and PhD degrees were earned from the University of Maryland. She is also co-Chair of the University of Maryland Mental Health and Addiction Health Disparities Think Tank at the School of Medicine.

Frey’s research focuses on workplace behavioral health, including the impact of employee mental health and well-being, and substance use on productivity and safety. She studies the effectiveness of employee assistance, work/life, and related programs for working-aged adults and families. She has dedicated a significant portion of her research and advocacy work to suicide prevention, mental health, substance use and recovery and the intersection with the workplace with attention to social determinants of health and well-being.

Frey co-chairs the Workplace Suicide Prevention and Postvention Committee where she is contributing as a leader in the development and dissemination of the National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention. She is past chair of EAPA’s Subcommittee on Workplace Disaster Preparedness and Response. In 2006, Dr. Frey was the recipient of the EAPA President’s Award for Excellence, recognizing her work on this committee. Prior to joining academia full-time, Dr. Frey provided workplace mental health and EAP services to NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, where she was recognized with several awards for her service to employees and family members. She continues to fuel her passion for workplace behavioral health and support for working families through her research, teaching and service to the social work profession. 

Recent refereed articles have been published in JAMA, American Journal of Addictions, Social Work, Journal of Career Development, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Research on Social Work Practice, and Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Dr. Frey regularly presents her research at national and international conferences. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health. Dr. Frey also co-founded the International Employee Assistance Digital Archive, housed at the University of Maryland, and which was awarded the Best Use of Technology in the Employee Assistance Field by the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) in 2019. Dr. Frey was recently awarded Educator of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Maryland.  

Frey resides in Maryland with her husband and two sons. She enjoys running and being with her family in free time.


Contact Information:

Phone: (410) 706.3607
Room: 5E10
Frey CV

Behavioral Health and Well-Being Lab SiteSSW EAP Web Site
EAP Digital Archive Site
FSWI Web Page


Mailing Information:
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


MSW, PhD; University of Maryland, Baltimore

Expertise and Research Interests

Adult and Emerging Adult Behavioral Health
Workplace Behavioral Health and Well-Being
Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention
Opioid Use, Recovery and Broader Substance Use
Employee Assistance, Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being
Working Families
Social Determinants of Health
Financial Capability and Asset Building

Recent Publications

Cagle, J., McPherson, M., Frey, J. J., Sacco, P., Ware, O., Hoffmann, D., & Guralnik, J. (2021). A national survey of challenges faced by hospices during the opioid crisis: Estimates of pain medication shortages, missing medications and opioids left in the home post-death. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, S0885-3924(21), 00212-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2021.02.023. 

Osteen, P., Oehme, K., Morris, R. C., Arciniegas, J., Frey, J. J., Woods, M., & Forsman, R. L. (2021). Suicide intervention training with law enforcement officers. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, doi: 10.1111/sltb.12763, . 

Cagle J., McPherson, M. L., Frey, J. J., Sacco, P., Ware, O. D., Wiegand, D. L., & Guralnik, J. M. (2020). Estimates of medication diversion in hospice. Journal of the American Medical Association, 323(6), 566-568. oi:10.1001/jama.2019.20388 

Frey, J. J. (2020, October 14). How employee assistance programs can help your whole company address racism at work. Harvard Business Review, Available online:  

Frey, J. J. (2020). The future of employee assistance education: Reflections from a university professor, Journal of Employee Assistance, 4th Quarter. Available online:  

Frey, J. J. (2020). Actively working to be more antiracist in the employee assistance field. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 35(2), 69-79Available online: 

Frey, J. J., Anvari-Clark, J., & Johnson, S. (2020, April). EAP and COVID-19: Financial apps in the era of Coronavirus. Psyberguide. Available online:  

Ware, O., Cagle, J. G., McPherson, M. L., Sacco, P., Frey, J., & Guralnik, J. (2020). Confirmed medication diversion in hospice care: Findings from a national sample of agencies. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. DOI:  

Cagle J., McPherson, M. L., Frey, J. J., Sacco, P., Ware, O. D., Wiegand, D. L., & Guralnik, J. M. (2020). Estimates of medication diversion in hospice. Journal of the American Medical Association, 323(6), 566-568. oi:10.1001/jama.2019.20388 

Callahan, C., Frey, J. J., Imboden, R. (Eds.). (2019). The Routledge handbook on financial social work: Direct practice with vulnerable populations. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis. 

Frey, J. J., Spencer-Thomas, S., & Mosby, A. (2019, October). Preventing suicide in the workplace: New guidelines, recommendations issued. Journal of Employee Assistance, 4th Quarter, 22-34. Available online:  

Ko, J., Frey, J. J., & Harrington, D. (2019). Preventing suicide among working-age adults: The correlates of help-seeking behavior. Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing, 56, 1-9. doi:10.1177/0046958019850979 

Sacco, P., Frey, J. J., Callahan, C., Hochheimer, M., Imboden, R., & Hyde, D. (2019). Feasibility of brief screening for at-risk gambling in consumer credit counseling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 35(4), 1423-1439. doi:10.1007/s10899-019-09836-1 

Xu, Y., Harmon, C. L., & Frey, J. J. (2019). Rethinking professional quality of life for social workers: Inclusion of ecological self-care barriers [Special issue]. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 29, 11-25. 

Birkenmaier, J., Sherraden, M. S., Frey, J. J., Callahan, C., & Santiago, A. M. (Eds.). (2018). Financial capability and asset building: Building evidence for community practice. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.  

Frey, J. J., Pompe, D., Sharar, D. A., Imboden, R., & Bloom, L. (2018). Experiences of internal and hybrid employee assistance program managers: Factors associated with successful, at-risk, and eliminated programs. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 33, 1-23. 

Osteen, P. J., Lacasse, J. R., Woods, M. N., Greene, R., Frey, J. J., & Forsman, R. L. (2018). Training youth services staff to identify, assess, and intervene when working with youth at high risk for suicide. Children and Youth Services Review, 86, 308-315, doi:10.1016.j.childyouth.2018.02.008 

Rose, T., Leitch, J., Collins, K., Frey, J. J., & Osteen, P. J. (2017). Effectiveness of Youth Mental Health First Aid USA for social work students. Research on Social Work Practice, 29(3), 291-302. doi:10.1177/1049731517729039  

Cagle, J. G., Osteen, P., Sacco, P., & Frey, J. J. (2017). Psychosocial assessments by hospital social workers: A content review of instruments from a national sample. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 53(1), 40-48doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.08.016 

DeVylder, J. E., Frey, J. J., Cogburn, C. D., Wilcox, H. C., Sharpe, T. L., Oh, H. Y., Nam, B., & Link, B. G. (2017). Elevated prevalence of suicide attempts among victims of police violence in the U.S. Journal of Urban Health, 94(5), 629-636. doi:10.1007/s11524-017-0160-3 

Frey, J. J., Spencer-Thomas, S., & Mosby, A. (2017, April 24). Deaths of despair: Employers can help. Retrieved from Insurance Thought Leadership website  

Sacco, P., Ting, L., Crouch, T. B., Emery, L., Moreland, M., Bright, C., Frey, J. J., & DiClemente, C. (2017). SBIRT training in social work education: Evaluating change using standardized patient simulation. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 17, 1-19. doi:10.1080/1533256X.2017.1302886  

Sharar, D. A., Frey, J. J., & Pompe, J. (2017, May 23). Four factors that can make or break employee assistance programs. Retrieved from Talent Management and HR website: 

Frey, J. J., Hopkins, K., Osteen, P., Callahan, C., Hageman, S., & Ko, J. (2016). Training social workers and human service professionals to address complex financial needs of clients. Journal of Social Work Education, 53(1), 118-131. 

Lee, S. J., Osteen, P., & Frey, J. J. (2016). Predicting changes in behavioral health professionals’ clinical practice skills for recognizing and responding to suicide risk. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 7(1), 2334-2315. doi:10.1086/685037 

Osteen, P., Frey, J. J., MaKenna, N., Woods, M. N., Ko, J., & Shipe, S. (2016). Modeling the longitudinal direct and indirect effects of attitudes, self-efficacy, and behavioral intentions on practice behavior outcomes of suicide intervention training. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 47(4), 410-420. doi:10.111/sltb.12288 

Ahn, H., Roll, S, Zeng, S., Frey, J. J., Reiman, S., & Ko, J. (2015). Impact of income inequality on workers' life satisfaction in the U.S.: A multilevel analysis. Social Indicators Research, 128(3), 1347-1363. doi:10.1007/s11205-015-1082-7 

Frey, J. J. (2015). Why employers must help stop suicide. Retrieved from Insurance Thought Leadership website: (invited) 

Frey, J. J., Osteen, P., Berglund, P. A., Jinnett, K., & Ko, J. (2015). Predicting the impact of chronic health conditions on workplace productivity and accidents: Results from two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57(3), 436-444. doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000383 

Frey, J. J., Svoboda, D., Sander, R., Osteen, P., Callahan, C., & Elkinson, A. (2015). Social work practice with clients with financial difficulties: Evaluation of continuing education training on financial capability. Journal of Social Work Education, 51(3), 439-456. doi:10.1080/10437797.2015.1043195  

Gorter, J., Frey, J. J., & O’Brien, S. (2015). Broadening the value of critical incident response. Journal of Employee Assistance, 3rd Quarter, 10-13. 

Ko, J., Frey, J. J., Osteen, P., & Ahn, H. (2015). Moderating effects of immigrant status on determinants of job satisfaction: Implications for occupational health among immigrants. Journal of Career Development, 42(5), 396-411. doi:10.1177/0894845315572890 

Sherraden, M. S., Huang, J., Frey, J. J., Birkenmaier, J., Callahan, C., Clancy, M., & Sherraden, M. (2015). Financial capability and asset building for all (Working Paper No. 13, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare)Retrieved from  

Frey, J. J., Collins, K., Pastoor, J. B., & Linde, L. (2014). Social workers’ observations of the needs of the total military community. Journal of Social Work Education, 50(4), 712-729.  doi:10.1080/10437797.2014.947904  

Osteen, P., Frey, J. J., & Sharpe, T. (2014). Suicide prevention in social work education: How prepared are social work students? Journal of Social Work Education, 50, 349-364. doi:10.1080/10437797.2014.885272 

Osteen, P., Frey, J. J., & Ko, J. (2014). Advancing training to identify, intervene, and follow-up with individuals at risk for suicide through research. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47(3S2), S216-221. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2014.05.033 

Sharpe, T. L., Frey, J. J., Osteen, P., & Bernes, S. (2014). Perspectives and appropriateness of suicide prevention gatekeeper training for MSW students. Social Work in Mental Health, 12, 117-131. doi:10.1080/15332985.2013.848831 

Sharpe, T. L., Osteen, P., Frey, J. J., & Michalopoulos, L. M. (2014). Coping with traumatic grief responses among African American family members of homicide victims. Violence and Victims, 29, 332-347.  

Jacobson, J. M., Pastoor, J., & Sharar, D. (2013). Predicting practice outcomes among social work employee assistance counselors. Social Work in Mental Health, 11, 1-14. doi:10/1080/01488376.2012.744627  

Jacobson, J. M. (2012). Risk of compassion fatigue, burnout, and potential for compassion satisfaction among employee assistance professionals: Protecting the workforce. Traumatology, 18, 64-73. doi:10.1177/1534765611431833 

Jacobson, J. M., Osteen, P., Jones, A. L., & Berman, A. (2012). Evaluation of the Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk Training. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 42(5), 471-485. doi:10.111/j.1943.278X.2012.00105.X 

Jacobson, J. M., Osteen, P. J., Sharpe, T., & Pastoor, J. (2012). Randomized trial of suicide gatekeeper training for social work students. Research on Social Work Practice, 22, 270-281. doi:10.1177/1049731511436015   

Jacobson, J. M., Rothschild, A., Mirza, F., & Shapiro, M. (2012). Risk of burnout and compassion fatigue, and potential for compassion satisfaction among clergy: Implications for social work and religious organizations. Social Service Review, 39(4), 455-468. doi:10.1080/01488376.2012.744627  

Jacobson, J. M., & Sacco, P. (2012). Employee assistance program services for alcohol and other drug problems: Implications for increased identification and engagement in treatment. American Journal on Addictions, 21(5), 1-8. doi:10.1111/j.1521-0391.2012.00256 

Jacobson, J. M., Jones, A., & Bowers, N. (2011). Using existing employee assistance program case files to demonstrate outcomes. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 26(1), 44-58. doi:10.1080/15555240.2011.540983  

Ting, L., Jacobson, J. M., & Sanders, S. (2011). Current levels of perceived stress among mental health social workers who work with suicidal clients. Social Work, 56(4), 327-336doi:10.1093/sw/56.4.327 

Jacobson, J. M., & Attridge, M. (2010). Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): An allied profession for work/life. Retrieved from Work and Family Researchers Network website:  

Jacobson, J. M., & Jones, A. (2010). Standards for the EAP profession: Isn’t it time we all start speaking the same language? Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 25(1), 1-18. doi:10.1080/15555240903538741