Raise the Bar Psychology and Dr Kate Jacobs

Founded by Dr Kate Jacobs, Raise the Bar Psychology is located in Moorabbin, Melbourne.

Dr Kate Jacobs completed a combined PhD/Masters in Educational and Developmental

Psychology at Monash University. In addition to her role as the director and principal

psychologist at Raise the Bar Psychology, Kate is a university lecturer. Her primary

teaching responsibility is in psychological assessment, though her main interest and

passion centres on psycho-educational assessments for the purposes of understanding

why a student is experiencing learning difficulties, with the goal being to provide

individualised and targeted support. Kate also conducts research in the area of learning

difficulties and in 2013 was awarded the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for the best PhD thesis for the year in the Education Faculty at Monash University.

Kate’s approach to psycho-educational assessment is grounded firmly in the extensively empirically validated Cattell-Horn-Carroll Theory of Cognitive Abilities which views intellectual ability as multi-dimensional rather than unitary. That is, individuals display unique profiles of cognitive strengths and weaknesses which cannot be summed up in a single score (i.e. IQ scores). It is through understanding and appreciating a student’s unique learning profile that effective and targeted intervention and support can be provided. Kate has travelled extensively around Australia presenting professional development workshops to parents, teachers, psychologists and other allied health professionals on this approach to cognitive and academic achievement assessment.


  • PhD/Masters Educational & Developmental Psychology

  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology

  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Registered member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

  • Area of Practice Endorsement: Educational & Developmental Psychology

  • Psychology Board of Australia registered supervisor under Area of Practice Endorsement

  • Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

  • Member of the APS College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists

  • Member of the APS Psychologists in Schools Interest Group