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Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D.
Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D.

A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gerald P. Koocher completed his B.A. degree in Psychology at Boston University (1968), and his MA (1970) and PhD (1972) 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 Sciences at Simmons College (Boston).

Koocher earned Fellow status in twelve divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also became the first psychologist to earn five specialty diplomas from the American Boards of Professional Psychology (Clinical, Clinical Child /Adolescent, Family, Forensic, and Health Psychology).

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 200 articles and book chapters and authored or edited twelve books. Dr. Koocher has frequently been an invited lecturer across the United States and abroad, including in Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

He has served as an expert witness to the courts of ten states and three Federal jurisdictions. 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 three APA divisions (Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Children, Youth, and Family Services). He served as Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the APA (1995-2004) and as President in 2006.

Dr. Koocher lives with his wife and three parrots in Brookline, Massachusetts where he has served more than two decades as an elected member of town government and for more than a decade as a trustee of the Brookline Community Mental Health Center.

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