Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Missouri.  He serves as Professor and Dean of the College of Science and Health at DePaul University in Chicago. Prior to moving to Chicago in 2013, he was Professor of Psychology and Associate Provost at Simmons College, Boston. He previously served as Chief of Psychology at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Judge Baker Children’s Center, and as Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Linda Pollin Institute at Harvard Medical School.

Currently Editor of the Ethics & Behavior journal, Dr. Koocher previously served as Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. He has published more than 350 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.

Elected a Fellow of twelve divisions of the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Koocher earned five specialty diplomas from the American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical, Clinical Child /Adolescent, Family, Forensic, and Health Psychology).  He holds active psychology licenses in Illinois, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He served as Treasurer (1995 – 2005) and as President of the APA (2006).  He currently serves as Chair of the Board of the American Insurance Trust. 

Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D., ABPP

Dean, College of Science and Health, DePaul University
Chicago, IL

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“OAR research grants support outstanding investigators with innovative projects that provide both basic and applied support for projects that significantly benefit people with autistic spectrum disorders and their families.” 
Gerald P. Koocher