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Jacinta M. Jiménez, PsyD, BCC (also known as “Dr. J”) is an award-winning author, psychologist, international keynote speaker, and board-certified leadership coach with a 20+ year career dedicated to the betterment of individuals, leaders, and organizations. Her work is focused around synthesizing her deep knowledge of human behavior and applying it to the development of technology, innovative coaching programs, and leaders. She has worked with individuals in top organizations in Silicon Valley and throughout the world. 


Dr. J has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders in San Francisco for 2022 List by Women We Admire and a Top Coach to Follow by LA Weekly Magazine. 


A graduate of Stanford University and the PGSP- Stanford PsyD Consortium, Dr. Jiménez is a sought-after expert in bridging the fields of psychology and leadership and regularly contributes to international news and TV outlets, including CNN/HLN, Business Insider, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company.


Her book, The Burnout Fix (McGraw Hill, 2021) debuted as #1 New Release on Amazon, has been recognized by Business Insider as a top book to read about burnout, was the winner (out of more than 10,000 non-fiction books) in getAbstract’s prestigious 2021 International Book of the Year Reader's Choice Award, and was named a Best Book on Burnout & Recovery for 2022 by Choosing Therapy.

As an international Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jiménez has delivered speeches on burnout and resilience to thousands of people for many satisfied clients including Amazon, Google, WarnerMedia, Raytheon Technologies, Hilton, QVC/HSN,  Manpower Group, Lockheed Martin, Boston Scientific, and many more.

Dr. J also possesses tremendous experience in working within the intersection of psychology and technology:

  • As the Vice President of Coaching Innovation at BetterUp (the world's first and largest digital coaching platform), Dr. Jiménez drives the development of groundbreaking science-backed coaching approaches for helping today’s top organizations foster resilience and well-being at work.

  • She was key team member in the creation and implementation of the Anger and Irritability Management System, a mobile app designed for Veterans, Armed Service members, and anyone coping with anger problems published by the Mobile Behavior Design Lab and the National Center for PTSD. 

  • She serves on the Science Board for a technology start-up aimed at promoting health behavior change and social support for women.

  • She is on the leadership team of WELL (Women Entrepreneurs & leaders laboratory) for digital health. 

From this work, Dr. J has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders in San Francisco for 2022 List by Women We Admire.


Along with being a Fellow at the American Institute of Stress, Dr. Jiménez holds a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University and was a recipient of Stanford University's Chicano/Latino senior award.

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Jacinta's father and his family grew up in extreme poverty working as migrant field laborers. Her father's family stories combined with her own experiences of navigating the fields of academia, science, and technology as a Latina has infused in her the importance of authenticity and belonging.


Jacinta's maternal grandmother Mary was only able to achieve an 8th-grade level education. Because of this, she instilled in Jacinta the importance of education towards empowerment and became the champion of Jacinta's academic career. Specifically, Grandma Mary, who worked as a maid at a roadside hotel, would write Jacinta every month to tell her just how proud she was to see her in school. Along with each letter, she would include $5 as her way of helping Jacinta manage costs. Grandma Mary continued this practice throughout Jacinta's entire academic career--all the way into her postdoctoral education (which is a lot of time and a lot of letters)! This commitment demonstrated her unwavering belief in Jacinta and what she could eventually give to the world through her education. 


These two influences have shaped Jacinta's Northstar Purpose:


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2022: Recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders in San Francisco by Women We Admire.

2022: Recognized by LA Weekly Magazine as a Top Coach to Follow. 

2022: The Burnout Fix was named Best Book on Burnout & Recovery for 2022 by Choosing Therapy. 

2021: The Burnout Fix was the winner of getAbstract's International Book Award Reader's Choice award.

2021: The Burnout Fix was Recognized by Business Insider as a top book to read about burnout.

2021: The Burnout Fix Debuted as #1 New Release on Amazon.

University of California, San Diego Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient


Four-Year Fellowship recipient: Merit-based Fellowship sponsored by the National Center for Disaster and Terrorism, a joint program of PGSP, VA Palo Alto Health Care System Center, Stanford University, and the US Navy Post-Graduate Center


Peter and Helen Bing Academic Achievement Scholarship, Stanford University


Senior Award, Chicano/Latino Community, Stanford University


Psi Chi National Honors in Psychology, Stanford University


Anthony J. Tellich Academic Scholarship, Stanford University


Students for Ethnic and Cultural Awareness Award


Soroptomist Mid-County Citizen of the Year


Cabrillo Civic Club Award


American Legion Leadership Award


2015 PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium

Distinguished Alumni Spotlight Award


2016 Opencare Patient's Choice Award

Honors and Awards


B.A. Psychology

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

GPA: 3.89

M.S.  Clinical Psychology

PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, Palo Alto, CA

GPA: 3.98

Psy.D.  Clinical Psychology

PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, Palo Alto, CA (APA accredited)

GPA: 3.98

Licensure in the state of California: Psychologist  (PSY23806)​

Board Certified Coach, Speciality Designation in Executive/Corporate/Business/Leadership Coaching

Cornell University, Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Jiménez is the recipient of the 2016 Opencare Patient’s Choice Award. She is also an active member of a variety of professional and academic organizations, including the American Psychological Association (APA), the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), the Psi Chi National Honors Society in Psychology, and the Stanford University of Alumni of Color Association.

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