Ulrich Koch Ulrich Koch
Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

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


Ulrich Koch is a psychologist and a historian and philosopher of the medical sciences. A fulltime faculty member since 2016, Dr. Koch teaches a broad range of courses that offer social science and humanities perspectives on health, illness, and clinical care. Much of his scholarship is situated at the intersection of the history of science — with a focus on the psychological disciplines — and bioethics. More recently, he has also been involved in research exploring the various social factors that shape the uptake of clinical practice innovations. Current research areas include the history of the patient-provider relationship in psychotherapy and the history of medication-assisted treatments for opioid use disorder. Dr. Koch was a Visiting Research Fellow at University College London’s Health Humanities Centre in 2018, and, before joining GW, a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s Humanities Center on a fellowship awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Besides holding academic positions, Dr. Koch also has several years of experience as a clinical psychologist working in addiction treatment.


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


Austin, E. J., O’Brien, Q., Ruiz, M.S., Ratzliff, A.D., Williams, E.C., & Koch, U. (2023). Patient and provider perspectives on processes of engagement in outpatient treatment for opioid use disorder: A scoping review. Community Mental Health Journal. Advance Online Publication: dio.org/10.1007/s10597-023-01175-1

Polansky, M., Herrmann, D., & Koch, U. (2023). Exploring anticipatory professional socialization: Who are the messengers influencing future physicians’ perception of PAs and NPs? Journal of Physician Assistant Education. Advance Online Publication: doi.org/10.1097/JPA.0000000000000517

Koch, U. & Cratsley, K. (2023). The normative turn in recent literature on psychotherapy. Philosophical Psychology. Advance Online Publication: doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2023.2201298

Koch, U. (2023). “Heroin mothers,” “methadone babies,” and the medical controversy over methadone maintenance treatment in the early 1970s, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 97(1), 127-156.

Figueiredo, S., Koch, U., Oliveira, E., & Ennis-Durnstine, K. (2023). Implementing complex interventions to mitigate burnout among qualified healthcare professionals: A realist review protocol. BMJ Open, 13:e067577. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-067577

Koch, U. (2022). The “therapeutic relationship:” Emergence, eclipse, and transformations of a social technology, História, Ciências, Saúde – Manguinhos, 29(suppl. 1), 123-142.

Polansky, M., Koch, U., Rosu, C., Artino, A., & Thompson, A. (2022). Which learning experiences support an interprofessional identity? A scoping review, Advances in Health Sciences Education. Advance Online Publication: doi.org/10.1007/s10459-022-10191-x

Koch, U. (2022). Problematizing societal practice: Histories of the present and their genealogies. In D. McCallum (series editor) & R. Smith (section editor), Palgrave Handbook of The History of Human Sciences (pp. 159-180). Palgrave Macmillan.

Polansky, M., Herman, D., Dolmans, D., Govaerts, M.J.B., Koch, U., Berger, J., & Stalmeijer, R. (2021). Exploring residents’ perception of advanced practice providers’ roles – barriers to learning to collaborate, Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 34(5), 42-50.

Koch, U. (2021). Von, aus oder in der Auseinandersetzung mit der Geschichte lernen? Zum Verhältnis von Psychologiegeschichte und Professionsethik [Learning from, about, or by engaging with history? On the relation between history of psychology and professional ethics]. In A. Maercker & J. Gieseke (Eds.), Psychologie als Instrument der SED-Diktatur: Theorien, Praktiken, Akteure, Opfer [Psychology as instrument of the SED dictatorship: Theories, practices, actors, victims] (pp. 219-243). Hogrefe.

Koch, U., & Cratsley, K. (2021). The history and ethics of the therapeutic relationship. In M. Trachsel, J. Gaab, N., Biller-Andorno, ?. Tekin & J. Z. Sadler (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics (pp. 65-84). Oxford University Press.

Koch, U. (2021). Between social criticism and epistemological critique: Critical theory and the normalization of trauma. In J. Crouthamel, J.B. Köhne & P. Leese (Eds.), Languages of trauma: History, memory, and media (pp. 213-238). University of Toronto Press.

Koch, U., & Cratsley, K. (2020). Psychological mechanisms. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T.K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (pp. 4145-4154). Springer.

Koch, U. (2020). Harry Stack Sullivan. In V. Zeigler-Hill and T.K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (pp. 5302-5306). Springer

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 disorder and the limits of positive psychology. In K. Cratsley & J. Radden (Eds.), Developments in neuroethics and bioethics, vol. 2. Mental health as public health: Interdisciplinary perspectives on the ethics of prevention (pp. 211-233). Academic Press (Elsevier).

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). Cruel to be kind? Politics, professionalization and the image of the abstinent psychoanalyst, c. 1940-1980, History of the Human Sciences, 30(2), 88-106.

Koch, U. (2015). Was tun mit 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 | History of Science and Humanities, 38(4), 321-342.

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

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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