University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Jacob received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and completed a year of postgraduate training at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been working in mental health since 2000 and holds licenses in Pennsylvania as a psychologist, a professional counselor, and a marriage and family therapist.
Dr. Jacob is past president of the Pennsylvania branch of the American Counseling Association (2016–2017) and has been involved in advocacy efforts for professional counselors, such as working to obtain lobbying services for licensed counselors in Pennsylvania. In addition to presenting research on a variety of topics at conferences all over the world, he regularly offers workshops throughout the country on topics such as cognitive therapy and trauma counseling. He also maintains a clinical practice as a psychologist, where he specializes in family and couples counseling, addictions counseling, and grief counseling.
Research Interests and Current Projects
Dr. Jacob has published articles and book chapters in a variety of areas and outlets related to professional counseling, including the Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, and the Family Journal. Two areas of special interest are the development of counseling internationally as well as professional ethics. As part of a university collaboration with the University of New York in Prague, Dr. Jacob regularly travelled to the Czech Republic to teach groups of counseling students from all over the world. He used this connection to collect qualitative data for a research paper examining the integration of counseling principles in Eastern European cultures that was published in the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. More recently, Dr. Jacob has partnered with faculty at the University of Cambridge to conduct summer workshops on ethics for graduate student researchers throughout Europe.
Ph.D. (Counseling) The Pennsylvania State University, 2010
M.S.Ed. (Counseling) Duquesne University, 2004
Areas of Expertise
Training counselors internationally Ethics
Marriage and family therapy