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 of Psychology and Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Simmons College (Boston). In July, 2010 he became Associate Provost at Simmons. He currently holds appointments as Lecturer in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Senior Associate in Psychology at Children's Hospital Boston.
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 became the first person to earn 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 Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia and holds the Certificate of Professional Qualification and Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards..
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, Psychotherapy, Children, Youth, and Family Services, and Pediatric Psychology). He served as President of the APA (2006), and is currently an American Psychological Association Council Representative from the Massachusetts Psychological Association 2010-2015.
Dr. Koocher lives in Brookline, Massachusetts where he has served more than three decades as an elected member of town government and for more than a decade as President of the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. His hobbies include photography and psittacine aviculture.
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Patricia Keith-Spiegel, PhD, specializes in organizational
integrity, decision-making, and resolution of ethical conflicts.Her work on social justice, professional
ethics, dishonesty, moral hazards, and irresponsible behavior in organizations
has resulted in three federally-funded grant projects from the Office of
Research Integrity, the National Institutes of Health, and the Fund for
Improvement in Postsecondary Education. Other sponsors for her work include the
Kellogg Foundation (Excellence in Leadership Award), the 21st
Century Foundation, and the George and Frances Ball Foundation. The best-selling textbook, Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health
Professions, co-authored with Gerald Koocher, is in its third edition.She served two terms as Chair of the Ethics Committee of the
American Psychological Association.
Dr. Keith-Spiegel regularly taught professional ethics and
ethical leadership classes in her 35 years as a university professor and as the
Director of the Center for Teaching Integrity at Ball State University, where she is the Voran
Honored Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Emerita. She also taught at California State
where she was awarded the California State Trustee's Award for Outstanding
Professor across all state university campuses and disciplines.She is also a recipient of the Distinguished
Professor Award from the American Psychological Foundation.She was a visiting Professor of Psychology in
the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard
and Visiting Professor and Senior Research Associate at Simmons College.
Keith-Spiegel served as
President of the Western Psychological Association and as President of the Division
of Teaching Psychology of the American Psychological Association.
is Professor Emerita of Psychology (California State
University, East Bay), Senior Research Associate at Simmons College, Senior
Research Associate at the Center for Public Policy, Universityof Houston, and a Fellow of the American
Psychological Association. She began her professional and research career with
the goal of using applied experimental research on decision skills to develop
tools for teaching decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and
ambiguity. In 1975, she turned to developing methodological solutions to
ethical problems in human research. She had been discovering ways to teach
elementary and middle school students how to determine when it is warranted to
be uncertain, but she became discouraged that curriculum developers were
disinterested in applying her discoveries. This time, however, her work
immediately found practical applications. She has been involved in one aspect
or another of researching and teaching ethical decision making ever since.
During the last 35 years, she has specialized in empirical
research on questions of scientific ethics, culturally sensitive methods of
research and intervention, data sharing methodology, and whistle-blowing. She
served as Acting Director of the National Science Foundation program Societal
Dimensions of Engineering, Science and Technology in 2001-02. She has served on
six IRBs, having chaired one in academe and three in industry. She is a site
visitor to IRBs seeking accreditation, sat on the Accreditation Council of the
Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs
(AAHRPP), and serves on various editorial boards and grant review panels. She
is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed nonprofit
educational journal, the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
(JERHRE), which is published by University of California Press, and can be
found on MEDLINE and athttp://caliber.ucpress.net/loi/jer