William J. Koch,
Ph.D., R.Psych., ABPP
Dr. Koch is a clinical and forensic psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma survivors and people suffering from anxiety disorders and phobias. His primary area of practice is in the forensic assessment of psychological injuries. He consults on personal injury matters arising from motor vehicle, aviation, maritime, and industrial accidents; sexual assault and harassment; as well as workplace disability claims. He is the first author of Koch, W.J., Douglas, K.S., Nicholls, T.L., & O'Neill, M. (2006) Psychological Injuries: Forensic Assessment, Treatment, and Law, Oxford University Press, and has also published over 40 articles and book chapters, many conference presentations, and a number of training workshops in forensic psychology. Dr. Koch also has an interest and expertise in the treatment of MVA-related PTSD and driving fear and avoidance. He has a limited therapy practice at this stage of his career. Relevant forensic articles include:
• Koch, W.J., Nader, R. & Haring, M. (2009). The science and pseudoscience of assessing psychological injuries. (Pp 263-283). In J. Skeem, K. Douglas, & S. Lilienfeld (Eds.) Psychological Science in the Courtroom: Controversies and Consensus. Guilford Press.
• Koch, W.J. & Samra, J. (2005). Posttraumatic Stress Disability after Motor Vehicle Accidents: Impact on Productivity and Employment. In I. Schultz & R. Gatchel. Handbook of Complex Occupational Disability Claims. New York: Kluwer. Pp. 333-341.
• Koch, W.J., O'Neill, M., & Douglas, K.S. (2005). Empirical Limits for the Forensic Assessment of PTSD Litigants. Law & Human Behavior, 29, 121-149. Reprinted in The International Library of Psychology: Psychology and Law. (2007, Editors: R. Roesch & K. Thomsen)
He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry as well as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at both UBC and Simon Fraser University, Dr. Koch has taught graduate level forensic assessment courses in both universities. He directed one of the most prominent psychology internship programs in Canada between 1987 and 2005 at UBC Hospital. Dr. Koch has been given the Canadian Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions in Education and Training.
In the community, Dr. Koch has a long involvement in track and field serving for many years on the board of the NorWesters Track and Field Club on Vancouver's north shore (2004 – present). He serves on the officials committee for British Columbia Athletics (2011 – present), authored the current code of conduct for BC Athletics officials, and serves many weekends during the track and field season as a starter throughout British Columbia.