Professional Biography

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.

Education

Ph.D. (Counseling) The Pennsylvania State University, 2010

M.S.Ed. (Counseling) Duquesne University, 2004

Areas of Expertise

Counselor education

Training counselors internationally Ethics

Marriage and family therapy

Selected Publications

Hazler, R. & Jacob, C. J. (in press). Solution focused brief counseling. In R. J. Hazler & J. L. Carney (Eds.). Counseling children. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Roth, G., Szarynski, S., & Jacob, C. J. (in press). Counselors in trouble: A review of disciplinary action for counselors in Pennsylvania. Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. 

Jacob, C. J., Roth, G., Grubrova, T., Guynn, J., Shoemaker, R., Goldberg, R., & Chehayl, C. (2017). Training counselors internationally: Student experiences in the Czech Republic. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 39(1), 43–55.

Jacob, C. J., Stoler, J., & Roth, G. (2016). A pilot study of transformational leadership and college counseling outcomes. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 1–14.

Jacob, C. J., & Holczer, R. (2016). The role of mindfulness in reducing trauma counselors’ vicarious traumatization. Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 15, 31–38.

Jacob, C. J. (2016). Institutional approval and research ethics for social scientists. Workshop presented to the Junior Research Programme hosted by the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.

Jacob, C. J., Bessai, D., Ruggiero, S., & Theobald, A. (2016). Vicarious traumatization: Using mindfulness practice to increase awareness of internal processes. Presentation at the American Counseling Association conference in Montreal, Quebec.

Jacob, C. J., Roth, G., Cliento, B., & Stoler, J. (2015). The 2014 ACA code of ethics: What's new, what's the same, and what matters for practicing clinicians. Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 14, 39–46.

Jacob, C. J. (2015). Institutional approval and research ethics for social scientists. Workshop presented to the Junior Research Programme hosted by the European Federation of Psychology Students Association at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.

Jacob, C. J., Roth, G., Bessai, D., Ruggiero, S., & Theobald, A. (2015). Vicarious traumatization: Using mindfulness practice to increase awareness of internal processes. Presentation at the American Counseling Association conference in Orlando, Florida.

Jacob, C. J., McMonigle, M. E., & Metzger, N. (2014). Using existential themes in couples counseling: Addressing the “why” as well as the “how.” The Family Journal, 22(2), 240–244.

Jacob, C. J., Marotta, M. (2014). Advancement of counseling in the Czech Republic: Integrating the wellness model in counselor training. Presentation at the American Counseling Association’s Conference in Honolulu, HI.

Jacob, C. J. (2013). Domestic violence and couples counseling: The importance of assessment and understanding typologies in treatment. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 24(4), 286–295.

Jacob, C. J., McMaster, M., Metzger, N., Olesky, D., & Nestel, L. (2013). Collaborating with seemingly unrelated disciplines: Connecting transformational leadership and counseling research. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 8(3), 293–304 

Carney, J. L., Jacob, C. J., & Hazler, R. (2012). Exposure to school bullying and the social capital of sixth-grade students. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 50, 238–253.

Jacob, C. J., Niles, S. G., Amundson, N. E., & Neault, R. (2011). Instructor’s manual: Career flow: A hope-centered approach to career development. Columbus, OH: Merrill Prentice Hall.

Herbert, J. T., Barrett, K., Evenson, T., & Jacob, C. J. (2010). Roles and function of undergraduate rehabilitation services alumni: A pilot study. Rehabilitation Education, 24(3 & 4), 149–166.

Niles, S. G., Jacob, C. J., & Nichols, L. M. (2008). Self-esteem and career development. In M. Gordon, (Ed.). Self-esteem across the lifespan (pp. 249–262). New York: Routledge.