Paula Rauch ’77 has been an Amherst College Trustee since 2005. She is a consultation child psychiatrist and director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program and Director of the Family Program at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.
Rauch double-majored in biology and psychology at Amherst. She did her honor thesis in the biology department with Lincoln Brower and graduated magna cum laude. She earned her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She began her career at MGH in 1982 as a psychiatry resident. Four years later, she joined the MGH staff on the child psychiatry consultation service, supporting the mental health of pediatric patients and their families. She became the director of this service from 1998 to 2011 and continues to consult to the pediatric unit.
In 1997, Dr. Rauch founded the Marjorie E. Korff PACT Program at MGH Cancer Center. This unique program, staffed by specially trained child psychiatrists and psychologists, provides individualized guidance to parents with cancer and other life-threatening diseases to help the parents support their children’s emotional health through the parent’s illness, survivorship and sometimes death. In 2009, Dr. Rauch took on the leadership of the family component of the new Home Base Program at MGH, which addresses challenges faced by veterans of the post-9/11 wars and their families. In addition, she has taught psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where she is an associate professor of psychiatry. She serves on the science advisory board for the Military Child Education Coalition and has been a longtime advisor for the PBS children’s cartoon Arthur.
In 2003, Rauch received the Schwartz Center’s annual Compassionate Caregiver Award, which honors a Massachusetts caregiver who displays extraordinary compassion in caring for patients. In 2011, she was recipient of the Simon-Wile award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, honoring her national leadership in child psychiatry consultation.