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Gerald Paul Koocher

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Gerald P. Koocher completed his B.A. degree in Psychology at Boston University, and his MA and PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Missouri. From 1971 through 2001 he served successively as an intern, post-doctoral fellow, and ultimately as Chief of Psychology at Boston's Children's Hospital and Judge Baker Children's Center. During this period he also served as a full time faculty member (Associate Professor) at Harvard Medical School. In June, 2001 Dr. Koocher became Professor and Dean of the School for Health Studies at Simmons College (Boston). He later served as Associate Provost at Simmons and became Dean Emeritus at Simmons in 2013. In June of 2013 he became Dean of the College of Science and Health at DePaul University in Chicago. He returns to Massachusetts frequently and continues to hold a medical staff appointment at Children's Hospital and as Lecturer in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Koocher was elected a Fellow of twelve divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has earned five specialty diplomas from the American Boards of Professional Psychology (Clinical, Clinical Child /Adolescent, Family, Forensic, and Health Psychology). He has been licensed as a psychologist in Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia.

Currently Editor of the journal Ethics & Behavior, Dr. Koocher previously served as Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist. He has published more than 350 articles and book chapters and authored or edited 17 books.

Areas of his expertise include:

• Adaptation to chronic and life-threatening illness in childhood (especially cancer, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes).

• Coping with bereavement and loss, psychological assessment.

• Professional and scientific ethics, and mental health malpractice.

Very active in professional affairs, Dr. Koocher served as President of the Massachusetts and New England Psychological Associations and of four APA divisions (Clinical Psychology, Pediatric Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Children, Youth, and Family Services). He served as President of the APA (2006).

Available: 01/10/22, Expires: 03/01/24

People who experience health problems that prove refractory to treatment or symptom alleviation often turn to non-standard or alternative approaches expounded by charismatic experts. Not infrequently, such approaches prove ineffective or even harmful. Ongoing project studying "Psychoquackery" (i.e., ineffective, discredited, or harmful techniques offered as treatment for mental illness) and developing a book for the general public on the topic. The project involves identifying, exploring, and documenting non-pharmacologic non-religious or spiritual approaches to assessing and treating psychological problems. This includes understanding the origins and promoters of the approaches and techniques, historical and current use, and calling public attention to the associated problems. An interested student could assist by focusing on one or more such treatment approaches (or conditions that may make patients susceptible to such quack treatments) and assist in developing a publishable report on that topic. A background in mental health care or undergraduate study in psychology would prove a valuable skill. Sample publications: Norcross, J. C., Koocher, G. P., & Garofalo, G. P. (2006) Discredited Psychological Treatments and Tests: A Delphi Poll. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 37, 515-522. doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.37.5.515 Koocher, G. P., Norcross, J. C., McMann, M., & Stout, A. (2015). Consensus on Discredited Assessment and Treatment Techniques used with Children and Adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44, 722-729. DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2014.895941 Koocher, G. P. & Gill, E. (2016). Pet Me, Sniff Me, Squeeze Me: Quack Treatment for Autism. In R. M. Foxx & J. Mulick, J. (Eds.) Controversial Therapies for Developmental Disabilities (2nd Ed.). Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis, pp 347-356.

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  1. R01NS049573 (KOOCHER, GERALD PAUL) Sep 15, 2005 - Mar 31, 2009
    A Collegial Defense Against Irresponsible Science
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. R01NS042454 (KOOCHER, GERALD PAUL) Sep 1, 2001 - Nov 30, 2004
    Perceived Organizational Justice and Scientific Dishone*
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. R01MH041791 (KOOCHER, GERALD P) Apr 1, 1988 - Mar 31, 1993
    Role: Principal Investigator
  4. R01HL035185 (KOOCHER, GERALD P) Sep 1, 1986 - Aug 31, 1989
    Role: Principal Investigator
  5. T01MH018736 (KOOCHER, GERALD P) Aug 1, 1986 - Jun 30, 1989
    Role: Principal Investigator

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