Dr. Joy Jacobs, J.D., Ph.D. - Kitchen Table
Dr. Joy Jacobs is a clinical psychologist and published author who provides individual, family and group therapy for children and teens with eating disorders, body image concerns, and/or weight concerns. Joy's goal is to help families build active, well balanced lifestyles to reach their personal "best." Joy is one of the few officially certified providers of a specialized family-based treatment for eating disorders nationwide and internationally. Joy leads workshops in the US and internationally on eating disorders, media literacy, and body image; she also trains and supervises others in her field, particularly in family based treatment.
Joy serves on the Professional Advisory Panel for Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T). She is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and serves on its Media Affairs Committee. Joy also supports the American Dietetic Association, the Eating Disorders Coalition, and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). She serves on the panel of expert advisers for the Beacon Street Girls. The Beacon Street Girls, whether online or in the widely popular book series, are shaped by leading experts in adolescent development and current research on how to positively impact girls' self-esteem.
Dr. Jacobs helped develop an innovative intensive family therapy program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and was its lead family therapist. She was on the founding team of the clinic, where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of internationally renowned eating disorders expert, Dr. Walter Kaye. Dr. Jacobs designed the DBT program for the UCSD Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorder Program and facilitates group skills training groups as well as providing individual and family-based psychotherapy. Dr. Jacobs has extensive experience in utilizing family-based treatments for adolescent anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, as well as for pediatric overweight and obesity. In addition, she has facilitated internet-based discussion groups for college-age women at high risk for the development of eating disorders.
Dr. Jacobs obtained her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She completed her undergraduate work at Duke University, graduating summa cum laude and completed her juris doctorate at Harvard Law School. Among her activities prior to pursuing a career in psychology, Dr. Jacobs worked in New York as an intellectual property attorney and on the editorial staff of Vogue magazine.
More information and details on her services can be found at www.drjoyjacobs.com.