Dr. Kate Jacobs

Pronouns: she/her
Director / Educational and Developmental Psychologist
Heatherton / Gippsland

Dr. Kate Jacobs is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist who completed a combined PhD/Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University in 2013. Kate was awarded the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for the best PhD thesis in the Education Faculty for the year.

Kate founded Raise the Bar Psychology in 2013 and is now one of the clinic’s 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 has extensive experience and expertise in assessment and identification of cognitive and developmental delay, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, giftedness, twice-exceptionality, learning difficulties and specific learning disorders including dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. Kate works to empower young people and families with knowledge and understanding regarding their unique learning profile, evidence-based intervention for areas of need, and required adjustments and supports at school and in the workplace.

When not at work, Kate enjoys spending time with her two young children, going out for nice meals with her husband and friends, and travelling.

Clinic Schedule

Kate’s clinic days are Wednesday and Thursday


Currently accepting pre-school and primary school age assessment clients


Not currently accepting counselling clients


  • Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • PhD/Masters Educational & Developmental Psychology
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts

Professional Associations / Accreditations

  • 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