Dr. Dale Larson, PHD

Dale G. Larson, Ph.D.

I’m Dale Larson, Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, and Fellow in the American Psychological Association. My goal here is to share resources I’ve developed or contributed to during my career in psychology and end-of-life care.  My mission has always been to “give psychology away” by sharing knowledge and skills that can empower us as helpers and as individuals facing the challenges life brings.  My recent work on end-of-life issues, grief counseling and self-concealment continues and extends this life project. I welcome you to explore these resources and to let me know what you find helpful.

 Featured Resources and Presentations

Helper's Journey cover The Helper’s Journey: Empathy, Compassion, and the Challenge of Caring, 2020, Research Press 

Research Press, Prosocially Yours,  Interview about the book


secretsLarsonReview of research using the Self-Concealment Scale:  Larson, D. G., Chastain, R. L., Hoyt, W. T., & Ayzenberg, R. (2015). Self-concealment: Integrative review and working model. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 34(8), 705-729.  You can access it here

Keynote Lecture at American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine: The Human Side of Health Care  (2014)

Grief What Helps when it hurts

From  Hospice Foundation of America (2014): “Grief: What Helps When It Hurts”

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Finding Our Way: Living with Dying in America
, the newspaper series

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Caring Helper video once used in  half of America’s hospice programs. You can freely access it here.




Open to Hope, Bereavement Struggles During COVID-19

Empathy and Compassion in the Time of COVID-19 | The Nurse Keith Show Nursekeith | May 4, 2020 | Nurse Keith Show Episodes