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DePaul University established its 10th college—the College of Science and Health (CSH)—in 2011.


The College of Science and Health takes a multidisciplinary approach to preparing students for careers in the science and health care fields.
CSH has enrolled 728 graduate students and 2,668 undergraduates for the 2015-16 academic year.


Ron Graf and Joseph Tariman, of the School of Nursing, led the 2014 School of Nursing Czech Republic Study Abroad with 13 graduate nursing students from both campuses (DePaul University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science). The 14-day trip included site visits to two medical centers including various specialty units, along with a visit to a Higher School for Nursing Program.
Mark Potosnak, Environmental Science and Studies, serves as a Catholic Climate Change Ambassador for the Catholic Climate Covenant.
Gabriela Gonzalez Aviles, Department of Physics, was awarded a $40,000 grant, “NU-CEMRI - Interdisciplinary Research Group D: Fundamentals of Amorphous Oxide Semiconductors,” from the National Science Foundation. 
Young-Me Lee, School of Nursing, received a $96,000 grant, “Bridges to the Doctorate for Underrepresented Minority Nursing Students,” from the National Institutes of Health. 
Joseph Mikels, Psychology Department, was awarded $612,000, from the National Institutes of Health, to research “Emotion, Aging, and Decision Making,” 
LaVome Robinson, Psychology Department, received a $1,760,000 grant, “Social Ecology and the Prevention of Suicide and Aggression in African American Youth,” from the National Institutes of Health. 


CSH is home to programs in biology, chemistry, environmental science, health science, mathematics, nursing, physics, psychology and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.
Undergraduate degrees are offered by seven departments, with an additional 23 graduate degrees available from seven departments. 
CSH houses several centers, including the Family and Community Services Center, the Institute for Nature and Culture, the Center for Community Research and the STEM Center.

About the Dean

Gerald P. Koocher became 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 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.

Now in his 27th years as editor of the scholarly journal Ethics & Behavior, Koocher previously served as editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist. He has published more than 260 articles and book chapters and authored or edited 16 books, including Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions, Psychologists’ Desk Reference and The Parents’ 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 12 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 active psychology licenses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Active in professional affairs, Koocher served as president of the Massachusetts and New England Psychological Associations and four APA divisions (clinical psychology, psychotherapy, child, youth and family services and pediatric psychology). He served as President of the APA (2006) and currently serves as a Trustee of the American Psychological Foundation and APA Insurance Trust.​

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