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About the Authors

Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, ABPP, earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Missouri. He is Professor of Psychology 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 Executive Director of the Linda Pollin Institute at Harvard Medical School. He remains a Senior Associate in Psychology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Lecturer on Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

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 300 articles and book chapters and authored or edited 17 books including four editions of Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions (with Patricia Keith-Spiegel), the Psychologists’ Desk Reference, and The Parents’ Guide to Psychological First Aid. He is currently at work on a book about PsychoquackeryTM.

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 has served as president of three APA Divisions (Clinical, Child Youth and Family Services, and Pediatric) and is a former President of the APA (2006). At present he serves as Chair of Trust Insurance (formerly the APA Insurance Trust).

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 (2014), reveals the underlying personal struggles of those accused of ethics violations as well as those who initiate charges through the genre of narrative nonfiction.

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. 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 Honors 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 also received 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.

Dr. Keith-Spiegel served as President of the Western Psychological Association and as President of the Division of Teaching Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

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