Dr. Kate Jacobs

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

Psychology at Monash University and was awarded the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal

for the best PhD thesis for the year in the Education Faculty at Monash University in the

same year.


Kate founded Raise the Bar Psychology in 2013 and is now one of the clinics three

Directors. She has an extensive background in lecturing and conducting research on

educational assessment and intervention for learning difficulties, and continues to

provide presentations and workshops on these topics around Australia for medical and

allied health professionals, school staff and parents.

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. 


  • 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