Institute of Mental Research
Institute of Mental Research

Jolene Jacquart

M.A., The University of Texas - Austin

Anxiety & Health Behaviors Lab
Jolene Jacquart



Health Behaviors, CBT & Exposure Therapy, Exercise, Mindfulness, the Relaxation Response


Jolene Jacquart graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S. in Psychology and Neurobiology in 2012. After graduating, Jolene worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital for several funded clinical trials examining mind-body practices. Jolene is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at UT-Austin under Dr. Jasper Smits.

Jolene’s broad research interests are understanding the mechanisms, dosing, and adherence of alternative treatment and augmentation strategies for anxiety and depressive disorders (e.g., aerobic exercise, yoga). Her current research project investigates the ability for exercise to augment virtual reality exposure therapy for acrophobia.



  • Jacquart, J., Roquet, R.F., Papini, S., Powers, M.B., Rosen eld, D., Smits, J.A.J., Mon ls, M.H. (2017). \Enhancing Exposure Therapy with Acute Exercise: Negative Findings in Humans and Rats." Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 50:76-86.
  • Jacquart, J., Papini, S., Davis, M.L., Rosen eld, D., Powers, M.B., Frierson, G., Hopkins, L., Baird, S.O., Marcus, B., Church, T., Otto, M., Zvolensky, M., Smits, J.A.J. (2017). \Identifying attendance patterns in a smoking cessation treatment and their relationships with quit success." Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 174:65-69.
  • Smits, J.A.J., Powers, M.B., Rosenfield, D., Zvolensky, M.J., Jacquart, J., Davis, M.L., Beevers, C.G., Marcus, B.H., Church, T.S., & Otto, M.W. (in press). BDNF Val66Met polymorphism as a moderator of exercise enhancement of smoking cessation treatment in anxiety vulnerable adults. Mental Health & Physical Activity.
  • Medina, J.L., Jacquart, J., Smits, J.A.J. (2015). Optimizing the exercise prescription for depression: The search for biomarkers of response. Current Opinion in Psych4:43-47. 
  • Kuo, B., Bhasin, M., Jacquart, J., Scult, M.A., Slipp, L., Riklin, E.I., Lepoutre, V., Comosa, N., Norton, B.A., Dassatti, A., Rosenblum, J., Thurler, A.H., Surjanhata, B.C., Hasheminejad, N.N., Kagan, L., Slawsby, E., Rao, S.R., Macklin, E.A., Fricchione, G.L., Benson, H., Libermann, T.A., Korzenik, J., Denninger, J.W. (2015). "Genomic and clinical effects associated with a relaxation response mind-body intervention in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease." PLoS One. 10(4):e0123861. PubMed: 25927528.
  • Park, E.R., Psaros, C., Traeger, L., Stagg, A., Jacquart, J., Willett, J., Alert, M.D., LaRoche, K.L., Ecker, J.L. (In Press). "Development of a Postpartum Stressor Measure." Matern Child Health J. PubMed: 25682113.
  • Psaros, C., Kagan, L., Shifren, J.L., Willett, J., Jacquart, J., Alert, M.D., Macklin, E., Styler, A.K., Denninger, J.W., LaRoche, K.L., Park, E.R. (2015). “Mind-body group treatment for women coping with infertility: A pilot study.” J. of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology. 36(2):75-83. PubMed: 25541217.
  • Scult, M., Haime, V., Takahashi, J., Jacquart, J., Moscowitz, B., Webster, A., Den- ninger, J.W., Mehta, D. (2015). “A Novel Healthy Aging Program for Older Adults: Effects on Self-Efficacy and Morale.” Advances in Mind-Body Medicine. 29(1):26-33. PubMed: 25607120.
  • Yeung, A., Slipp, L., Niles, H., Jacquart, J., Chow, O., Fava, M., Denninger, J.W., Benson, H., Fricchione, G.L. (2014).“Effectiveness of the Relaxation Response-Based Group Intervention for Treating Depressed Chinese Americans: A Pilot Study.” Int J of Environmental Research and Public Health: Migrant Health Special Issue. 11; 9186-9201. PubMed:25198683
  • Jacquart, J., Miller, K.M., Radossi, A., Haime, V., Gilburd, D., Nelson Oliver, M., Macklin, E., Mehta, D., Yeung, A., Fricchione, G.L., Benson, H., Denninger, J.W. (2014). “The Effectiveness of a Community-Based Mind Body Depression Group In- tervention of Depression and Anxiety.” Advances in Mind-Body Medicine. 28(3); 6-13. PubMed: 25141353
  • Yeung, A.S., Slipp, L., Jacquart, J., Fava, M., Denninger, J., Benson, H., Fricchione, G. (2013). “The treatment of depressed Chinese Americans using qigong in a health care setting: A pilot study.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013; 168784. PubMed: 23690836
  • Alert, M.D., Rastegar, S., Foret, M., Slipp, L., Jacquart, J., Macklin, E., Baim, M., Fricchione, G., Benson, H., Denninger, J., Yeung, A.S. (2013). “The effectiveness of a comprehensive mind body weight loss intervention for overweight and obese adults:A pilot study.” Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 21(4); 286-293. PubMed: 23876558. 
  • Schyuler, B., Karl T., Jacquart, J., Wang, H., Van Reekum, C., Lutz, A., Davidson, R. (2012). “Temporal dynamics of emotional responding: Amygdala recovery predicts emotional traits.” Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 9(2); 176-181. PubMed: 23160815

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