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Ulrich Koch Ulrich Koch
Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Office Phone: 202-994-5105
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Department: Clinical Research and Leadership


  • MS, University of Zurich, Department of Psychology, 2006
  • PhD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 2012


Ulrich Koch is a psychologist as well as a historian and philosopher of the medical sciences. Before joining GW, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Humanities Center of the Johns Hopkins University. At the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Koch teaches a broad range of courses that offer social science and humanities perspectives on health, illness, and clinical care. His research interrogates the history and epistemology of the health professions and their interdisciplinary entanglements. His first book recounts the shifting characterizations of mental shock in the medical, psychological, and philosophical discourses of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It outlines how interdisciplinary exchanges shaped contemporary discussions of psychic vulnerability and traumatic stress. Dr. Koch’s current research investigates the history of the patient-provider relationship in psychotherapy and psychiatry, and the history of medication-assisted treatments involving methadone. Besides holding academic positions, Dr. Koch has several years of experience as a clinical psychologist working in addiction treatment. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.


  • Clinical Management and Leadership
  • Clinical Research Administration
  • Core Curriculum in Health Sciences
  • Translational Health Sciences


View publications by this faculty member.

Koch, U. & Cratsley, K. (2019): Psychological Mechanisms, in: Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, edited by V. Zeigler-Hill and T.K. Shackelford, Cham: Springer. Advance online publication: https://doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1562-1.

Koch, U. (2019): Stack Sullivan, Harry, in: Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, edited by V. Zeigler-Hill and T.K. Shackelford, Cham: Springer. Advance online publication: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8

Koch, U. (2019). The Uses of Trauma in Experiment: Traumatic Stress and the History of Experimental Neurosis, c. 1925-1975, Science in Context, 32 (3), 327-351.

Koch, U. (2019). Preparing for the Unthinkable? The Prevention of Posttraumatic Stress and the Limits of Positive Psychology, in: Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics, Vol. 2. Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention, edited by Kelso Cratsley and Jennifer Radden, 211-233, London: Elsevier Academic Press.

Koch, U. (2018). Grounding Reflection in Reflexivity: A Proposal for the Medical Humanities, Lamar Journal of the Humanities, 43 (1), 29-46.

Koch, U. (2017, in press). Cruel to be kind? Politics, Professionalization and the Image of the Abstinent Psychoanalyst, c. 1940-1980. History of the Human Sciences. DOI: 10.1177/0952695116687239

Koch, U. (2015). Was tun Metaphern? Überlegungen zur Bedeutung von Metaphern und Metapherntheorie für die Wissenschaftsgeschichte am Beispiel medizinischer Schockmetaphorik [How to do things with metaphors. Reflections on the role of metaphors and metaphor theory for the history of science using the example of shock metaphors in medicine]. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 38 (4), 321-342. DOI: 10.1002/bewi.201501643

Koch, U. (2014): Schockeffekte. Eine historische Epistemologie des Traumas [Shock effects: A historical epistemology of trauma]. Diaphanes: Berlin/Zurich.

Koch, U. (2013). Das Subjekt der Psychotherapie zwischen Naturalisierung und Verklärung. Ein symmetrisch-anthropologischer Blick auf den Leib-Seele-Dualismus in der Psychiatrie [The subject of psychotherapy between essentialism and naturalism. A symmetrical-anthropological perspective on the mind-body dualism in psychiatry]. In: Wolfgang Eirund & Joachim Heil (Eds.): Psychosomatik und Philosophie [Psychosomatics and Philosophy]. Ausgewählte Beiträge der IZPP, Parodos: Berlin, 197-215.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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