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Our Team

Paula K. Rauch, MD — Founder and Director

Current Titles and Appointments

  • Director, Marjorie E. Korff, PACT (Parenting At a Challenging Time) Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Licensure and Certifications

  • Massachusetts Medical License
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Committee on Certification in Child

Education and Training

  • 1977 B.A., Magna cum laude, Amherst College
  • 1981 M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • 1981–1982 Intern, Yale University Department of Psychiatry, St. Raphael Hospital
  • 1982–1984 Resident in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 1984–1986 Fellow in Child Psychiatry, Cambridge Hospital
  • 1984–1986 Fellow in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Child Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

Relevant Experience

  • Consultation liaison child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital for over 20 years.
  • Consultation to individual physicians and clinicians, hospitals, cancer centers, government agencies and various mental health committees addressing the needs of medically ill children and adults.
  • Educational outreach to schools, communities, television series, and media specials focused on the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents.
  • Teacher, lecturer and keynote speaker at local, national and international conferences presenting what clinicians need to know about supporting children and adolescents when a parent is seriously ill.
  • Founding director of PACT, and actively involved in its clinical work, research and program planning since its inception over 13 years ago in collaboration with the Cancer Center at MGH.

Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Understanding the impact on children of an illness in a family member
  • Parenting practices that support a child’s emotional health in the context of a parent’s serious illness
  • Helping children cope with their own medical illness
  • Educating parents and clinicians about normal childhood development
  • Understanding what factors support a child’s healthy loving attachment to a parent who has died

Related Publications and Contributions

See publications page.

Awards and Honors

  • 1978 John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship for the Study of Medicine, Amherst College
  • 1992 Teaching Award, Child Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 1994 Teaching Award, Child Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 1996 Teaching Award, Child Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 1998 Doctors Who Go the Extra Mile, Journal of Medical Economics
  • 1999 Mentoring Award, Child Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 2001 Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award, Honorable Mention, The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center
  • 2001 Partner’s In Excellence Award for Leadership and Innovation: Cancer Center Parenting Program, Partner’s Healthcare
  • 2003 Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award, The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center

Other

  • Member, Advisory Board of peoplelivingwithcancer.org, ASCO website for patient education
  • Member, Editorial Board, breastcancer.org
  • Doctor-Patient Communication: Confronting Our Assumptions. American Society of Clinical Oncology; 2002. "Parents with Cancer: How to Tell the Children".
  • Advisory Board Member, "Arthur" cartoon, Public Broadcasting Service
  • Member Board of Trustees, Amherst College