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 July, 2001 Dr. Koocher became Professor of Psychology and Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Simmons College (Boston). In July, 2013 he became Dean of the College of Science and Health at DePaul University. He also 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 professional ethics and standards, organizational integrity, decision-making, and resolution of ethical conflicts. She has written several books and numerous articles in these areas. Her most recent book, Red Flags in Psychotherapy: Stories of Ethics Complaints and Resolutions (Routledge, 2014), is written as narrative nonfiction allowing for the underlying personal struggles of those accusing and those facing ethics charges to be revealed.
Her work on social justice, 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 University, Northridge, 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 Medical School 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.