College of Science and Health > Faculty & Staff > Faculty A-Z > Gerald Koocher

Gerald P. Koocher

  • Professor of Psychology and Dean, College of Science and Health
  • Psychology
  • (773) 325-8475
Gerald P. Koocher became professor of psychology and 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's 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.

Dr. Koocher previously served as Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Ethics & Behavior, and The Clinical Psychologist. He has published more than 300 articles and book chapters, and authored or edited 17 books including Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions, the Psychologists’ Desk Reference, and The Parent’s 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 twelve 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 psychology licenses in Illinois, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Active in professional affairs, Dr. Koocher served as President of the Massachusetts and New England Psychological Associations, and four APA divisions (Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, Children, Youth, and Family Services, and Pediatric Psychology). He served as President of the APA (2006) and currently serves as a Trustee of the American Insurance Trust.


Major Areas of Interest
  • Adaptation to chronic medical illness, including non-adherence to prescribed medical treatment; psychosocial correlates of cancer, cardiac illness, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and juvenile rheumatic arthritis.
  • Development of children's conceptions of death and illness, and family-oriented bereavement interventions.
  • Ethical and public policy issues in delivery of mental health services, including malpractice in the mental health professions, ethical misconduct in research, scientific and academic integrity, quackery in mental health, and functioning of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).
  • Psychological aspects of children and the law including development of competence to consent, substituted judgment, child custody, and children as victim/witnesses.