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Rachel Jacoby PhD


Assistant Professor

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Other Positions:

Residency Coordinator




  • PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision, The University of Toledo (2021)
  • MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Bowling Green State University (2014)
  • BS, Human Development and Family Studies, Bowling Green State University (2012)


Dr. Jacoby is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory Endorsements, National Certified Counselor, Certified Family Life Educator, Certified Trauma Practitioner, and Autplay therapist who passionately enjoys working with children, adolescents, and families. She is an Assistant Professor at Palo Alto University. Dr. Jacoby values working with individuals on a personal and collaborative level; while building strong interpersonal relationships. With this consideration, Dr. Jacoby utilizes an existential-humanistic framework for her counseling relationships; while integrating evidence-based experiences through cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and narrative approaches.

Dr. Jacoby’s clinical experiences include working with neurodiverse populations and individuals who have experienced trauma. Additionally, she values collaborative relationships to provide the best care to her clients, including working closely with families, schools, and allied medical professionals.

As a counselor educator, Dr. Jacoby is passionate about enhancing the counseling field through education, leadership, and advocacy. She intentionally integrates creative approaches into her pedagogy. Dr. Jacoby has held many leadership roles in organizations, including the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC), Northcentral Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES), Association of Humanistic Counseling (AHC), Ohio Counseling Association (OCA), and Chi Sigma Iota (CSI). She is currently the Past-Presdient for ACAC, serving as President in the 2022-2023 year. Dr. Jacoby is also a board member of the ACA Ethics Committee. She has been recognized for her leadership and advocacy work with the 2023 Robert H. Rencken Emerging Professional Leader award by the American Counseling Association and the 2021 Carol Bobby Pioneer for Visionary Leadership award presented by CACREP.

Areas of Interest:

Crisis & Trauma Counseling, Supervision, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Foster Care, Motherhood, Counseling Ethics

Selected Publications:

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Ju, J. Roller, K., Chen, S., Jacoby, R.. & Wade, W. (In Press). Creating inclusive and brave space in online pedagogy. Journal of Technology in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Roller, K., Jacoby, R., Vaishnav, S., & Smith, L. (In Press). Online preparation of counselors-in-training to work with non-suicidal self-injurious and suicidal clients. Journal of Technology in Counselor Education and Supervision.   Roller, K., Chen, S., & Jacoby, R. (2023). Anti-racist skills development with non-violent communication and privilege and subjugated tasks models. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Teaching Practice Briefs, 1(2), 1-10.   Jacoby, R., Clark, M., Laux, J., Long, S., Reynolds, J., Best, M., & Thomas, T. (2022). Mental health counselors’ experiences working with fostered youth. The Family Journal. 131(2), 222-230.

Long, S., Clark, M., Ausloos, C., Jacoby, R., & McGhee, C. (2019). The wellness and self-care experiences of single mothers in poverty: Strategies for mental health counselors. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 41(4), 343-358.

Liu, Y., Jacoby, R., Jang, H., & Li, D. (2018). A content analysis of adoption research in counseling journals: A 30-year review. The Family Journal, 27(1), 64-74.

Book Chapters:

Sheperis, D., & Jacoby, R. (2023). Counseling children experiencing economic instability. In Erford, B. (Eds.), Professional School Counselor (4th ed.) Cognella Academic Publishing

Jacoby, R., & *Volante, K. R. (In Press). Counseling practice and relationships: Navigating ethical dilemmas in child welfare. In Gibbons, M. M., & Barrio Minton, C. A. (Eds). Case studies in counselor education.

Jacoby, R., & *Volante, K. R. (In Press). Social and cultural diversity: Cultural sensitivity and assessment in cross-cultural counseling. In Gibbons, M. M., & Barrio Minton, C. A. (Eds). Case studies in counselor education.