• Gerald P. Koocher, PhD

    Dean, College of Science and Health


Gerald P. Koocher became dean of the College of Science and Health in July 2013. Prior to arriving at DePaul, he served as a professor of psychology, health sciences dean and associate provost at Simmons College (Boston). He previously served as chief psychologist at Boston Children's Hospital and Judge Baker Children's Center, and as executive director of the Linda Pollin Institute at Harvard Medical School. He remains affiliated as a senior associate in psychology at Boston Children's Hospital and lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Currently editor of the journal Ethics & Behavior, Koocher previously served as editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist. He has published more than 250 articles and book chapters, and authored or edited 15 books, including "Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions," "Psychologists' Desk Reference" and "The Parents' Guide to Psychological First Aid." His research and clinical interests include family coping with chronic illness and bereavement; ethical and public policy issues in mental health services and research; quackery and malpractice; and psychological aspects of children and the law.

Elected as a fellow of 12 divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Koocher also earned five specialty certification diplomas from the American Board of Professional Psychology (clinical, clinical child/adolescent, family, forensic and health psychology). He holds active psychology licenses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Active in professional affairs, Koocher served as president of the Massachusetts and New England Psychological Associations and four APA divisions (clinical psychology, psychotherapy, child, youth and family services, and pediatric psychology). He served as president of the APA (2006) and currently serves as a trustee of the American Psychological Foundation and APA Insurance Trust.