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About

Raise the Bar Psychology and Dr Kate Jacobs

Founded by Dr Kate Jacobs, Raise the Bar Psychology is located in Moorabbin, Melbourne.website pic-50

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. Over the past two years Kate has travelled around Australia presenting professional development workshops to practicing psychologists on this approach to cognitive and academic achievement assessment.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of the APS College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists
  • General and Committee Member of the APS Psychologists in Schools Interest Group.

 

Lisa Burdett

Lisa Burdett is a Registered Psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society. After taking time off to raise a family, and before joining the team at RBP, Lisa worked in the area of providing diagnostic assessments to students suspected of having an Intellectual Disability. Lisa has a particular interest in childhood education and learning, and providing educational assessments to help students and their families better understand their learning needs.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters Educational & Developmental Psychology
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/ACCREDITATIONS

  • Registered member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of the APS People with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability & Psychology Interest Group

 

Hayley Anthony

Hayley Anthony is an Educational Psychologist who completed her Hayley Anthony photo 3Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. In addition to her role as psychologist at Raise the Bar Psychology, Hayley continues to work as a school psychologist where she has been providing educational assessments and counselling services for the past 5 years. Hayley has a particular interest in helping students develop an understanding of their own learning and promoting positive beliefs about their academic capability. Hayley is also a certified teacher of .b which is a fun and engaging evidence-based mindfulness program specifically designed for children and adolescents.

Hayley is experienced in educational assessments for upper primary and secondary school students.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters Educational & Developmental Psychology
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Psychology and Marketing/Management

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/ACCREDITATIONS

  • Registered member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Area of Practice Endorsement: Educational & Developmental Psychology
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of the APS College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists
  • Member of the APS Psychologists in Schools Interest Group.
  • Member of the APS Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Interest Group
  • Member of Mindful Schools Melbourne
  • Accredited teacher of .b mindfulness in schools program (11 to 18 years)

 

Jake Kraska

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Jake Kraska is an Educational Psychologist with experience in a variety of private and public settings. Prior to joining the team at Raise the Bar Psychology Jake has had experience in counselling children and adolescents, providing diagnostic assessments for Intellectual Disability, supporting wellbeing initiatives in schools, and consulting with schools about enhancing the learning of their students. In addition to his role as psychologist at Raise the Bar Psychology, Jake continues his work as a school psychologist in public schools, as well as staying engaged in academia through sessional university work and has recently commenced a PhD at Monash University. Jake has a particular interest in working with adolescents and young adults that are at risk of disengagement from school due to previously misunderstood learning needs. Jake is experienced in educational assessments for pre-school through to upper secondary school students.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Psychology and Business

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/ACCREDITATIONS

  • Registered member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Area of Practice Endorsement: Educational & Developmental Psychology
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of the APS College of Educational & Developmental Psychologist

 

Alex Graham

Alex is a Registered Psychologist with experience in early intervention, primary, secondary and special school settings. She completed her Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. Alex has a passion for working with students to uncover their unique learning profile and believes a collaborative approach involving the student, their family and school is integral to achieving the best outcomes. Alex also has an interest in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder and continues to education and provide professional development for teachers and parents on how to support the learning needs of these students. In addition to working at Raise the Bar Psychology, Alex continues to work as a school psychologist and is experienced in educational assessments for lower primary to upper secondary school age students.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters Educational and Developmental Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Psychological Service

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/ACCREDITATIONS

  • Registered member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

 

Emily Bull

Emily is a Registered Psychologist who completed her Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. Emily has experience working in early learning centres, primary, and secondary schools. Emily frequently collaborates with parents, classroom teachers, tutors and learning support, as well as other allied health professionals to design individual learning plans to support students with academic, behavioural and social-emotional concerns. Emily is passionate about working with school-aged students to help them to understand their learning profile and to assist them with achieving their academic potential.

In addition to her work at Raise the Bar Psychology, Emily continues to work as a school psychologist providing assessments and counselling to primary school students, and in private practice counselling children and adolescents.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/ACCREDITATIONS

  • Registered member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

 

Anna Owens

Anna is a Registered Psychologist with extensive experience in assessment, diagnosis and intervention of a range of childhood and adolescent difficulties, including learning, behavioural, emotional, social, and developmental issues. She graduated her psychology degree with honours in 2010, and subsequently trained specifically in school psychology and educational/developmental psychology in numerous institutions in Australia. With a previous history in the education sector and now currently in private practice, she takes a highly collaborative approach with her services and works with a diverse range of clients, including children, young people, families, and school staff.

Anna has a special interest in the assessment and diagnosis of Specific Learning Disorders, which can then inform individualised and targeted interventions and instructional supports. She is experienced in educational assessments for pre-school to post-secondary students.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) Candidate
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (School Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/ACCREDITATIONS

  • Registered member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

 

Nindy Brouwers

Nindy is a Provisionally Registered Psychologist with experience working in pre-school, primary school, secondary school, and special education settings. She specialised in developmental psychology in the Netherlands, and trained in school-based assessment and interventions during her Master year. Nindy is passionate about identifying and resolving barriers that obstruct learning, and takes a holistic approach to supporting her clients’ social-emotional wellbeing.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master of Science (Developmental Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/ACCREDITATIONS

  • Provisionally registered member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

 

We also work with a number of wonderful Associated Professionals.