“My superpower? Crying during episodes of The West Wing.”

John Jacobson

Where did you earn your degree?

DVM, Texas A&M University, 1986; MS (Veterinary Medicine and Surgery), Texas A&M University, 1990; PhD (Clinical Psychology); University of Missouri–Kansas City, 2016.

What’s your proudest career accomplishment?

Opportunities to speak with veterinary communities about mental health and wellbeing.

What gets you out of bed every morning?

The example of my heroes, living and passed. My patients and their desire and effort to be great in their lives.

What are you known for?

Depends on how you know me: My past includes a very high batting average in Little League, vigorous religious affiliation, and work as a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist and tenured professor. I have shared my story on several continents of being convicted for stealing narcotics and how I hurt the people closet to me in the process. I’m 18 years clean and sober and have spent substantial time talking with people in jails, prisons, juvenile detention centers, and homeless shelters. I’m now a licensed psychologist and get excited about coaching and guiding others to practice being authentically hopeful in their lives.

What’s your superpower?

Crying during episodes of The West Wing.