Dr. Jacinta M. Jiménez (also known as “Dr. J”) is an award-winning Psychologist and Board-Certified Executive Leadership Coach. She is a sought-after expert in bridging the fields of psychology and leadership and has worked with individuals in top organizations in Silicon Valley and throughout the world.
A graduate of Stanford University and the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium, Dr. J's possesses the unique ability to synthesize scientific research and developments and directly apply it to the positive development of individuals, leaders, innovative programs, and technology.
Spanning 15+ years, Dr. J's professional work has been dedicated to the betterment of individuals and leaders. She has put groundbreaking methods into practice with her clients and corporate entities, focusing on innovative programming that stems from the latest research in positive psychology, neuroscience, and motivational psychology.
In addition to being a nationally recognized keynote speaker, Dr. J has contributed to national news and TV outlets, including CNN/HLN, Business Insider, Forbes, Fast Company, Oprah, and Bloomberg on psychology-related topics. Her deep knowledge of human behavior and psychological theory makes her an authority in catalyzing positive behavior change within individuals.
Dr. J also possesses tremendous experience in working within the intersection of psychology and technology:
Most recently, Dr. J served as Head of Coaching for a technology-enabled leadership development coaching platform, BetterUp, overseeing the strategic design, development, and implementation of their global network of 1,500+ leadership coaches within BetterUp’s mobile platform while also developing cutting edge, evidence-based frameworks for peak performance in leadership.
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.
Dr. J is passionate about DEI. In addition to being a recipient of Stanford University's Chicano/Latino senior award, she holds a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University.
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:
"My purpose is to educate and empower others through science to live their lives with greater authenticity and vitality."
Honors & Awards
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
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
M.S. Clinical Psychology
PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, Palo Alto, CA
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, Palo Alto, CA (APA accredited)
Licensure in the state of California: Psychologist (PSY23806)
Board Certified Coach, Speciality Designation in Executive/Corporate/Business/Leadership Coaching
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.