Dr. Marni Jacob, AHS '02, UF '06, UGA '12
An AHS Legacy And Leader
Marni Jacob, Ph.D., ABPP, is an AHS alum from the Class of 2002, which was the third class to graduate from American Heritage’s Palm Beach campus. She is a natural born leader, serving in many roles at the Heritage helm during her middle and high school years, and continuing on to head her own psychology practice under on own name.
Marni gives credit to American Heritage for giving her the opportunity to stand out as a leader. “I recall being nominated as a class representative for student government in 8th grade,” Marni says, “which was followed by being nominated as Middle School President. Those opportunities were unexpected at the time, but they were really the start of a trajectory of leadership that developed thereafter, which I find incredibly rewarding,” she adds.
Given that the school was still fairly new when she started in 7th grade, Marni had the chance to be involved with the start of a variety of campus organizations. Not only was she very active in student government serving as class president for several years and as president of the student body her senior year, but she was also very involved in planning campus events and helping to establish campus traditions, such as Homecoming, Prom, and Senior Week. The list goes on. Marni could also be found on the athletics fields as a Stallions cheerleader, (she was captain of the squad senior year), and as a soccer player; in the fine arts dance room on the AHS dance team; and in academic and philanthropic organizations, such as National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Key Club, serving as an officer for most of them. Truly, Marni is a role model to all.
Her passion for leadership continued on in college, where she served in a variety of leadership roles in student government at the University of Florida. Marni served as a Student Senator, chairperson of a student government agency, and director for the Emerging Leaders Conference, to name a few. Currently a professional in the psychology community, she has several leadership roles in regional and national organizations and is president of a non-profit organization. “This all started with opportunities that I had at Heritage,” Marni states.
After Marni completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, she went on to earn her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia and completed her clinical internship/residency at the University of Florida Health Science Center, Child/Pediatric Track. She also completed a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida, which specializes in the research and treatment of OCD, anxiety and related disorders.
Marni shares she always had an interest in psychology. “I felt it was a field that would allow me to connect with others and make a difference,” she explains. “I also had a particular interest in working with youth to incur positive change. I began participating in clinical psychology research in college, and that further solidified my interest in making clinical psychology my career.” A licensed psychologist and clinical director, Marni is the owner of the Jacob Center for Evidence-Based Treatment in Boca Raton, Florida specializing in the treatment of youth and adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), O-C spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, and phobias.
It’s no surprise that in 2013, Dr. Jacob received a prestigious award from the National Institute of Health (NIH) for her work in pediatric research. Somehow, Dr. Jacob has also found the time to publish over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles, write several book chapters, and engage in numerous presentations on OCD, anxiety, and related disorders. Her professional resume is so full and extremely impressive; Marni has accomplished more than many people do in a lifetime. She remains actively involved in the psychology community, continuing to lead various organizations and committees as she has done so successfully throughout her life. She makes it all look so easy - Dr. Marni Jacob is an inspiration to us all.
Marni cherishes the years she spent at American Heritage and still keeps in touch with many of her close friends. The upcoming New Year marks a milestone 20 years since graduating from AHS, and it’s no wonder that she is spearheading efforts to plan a special reunion weekend during Homecoming in the Fall 2022. Speaking of weekends, Marni’s revolve around her husband and two children. They enjoy swimming and kicking a soccer ball around, dancing and singing in their house, watching Gator Football, or visiting with family or friends. Truly, Marni Jacob is a role model for future AHS graduates and a legacy who has made a big impact in our world, and she’s just getting started.