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

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”


ONS LOgo logoThe Challenge of Caring  Keynote Lecture for the  Oncology Nursing Society Congress in San Diego (1992)


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Finding Our Way: Living with Dying in America
, the national newspaper series that reached 7 million Americans (2001)

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Caring Helper video once used in  half of America’s hospice programs.  Colleagues say it still has great value, and keep asking to get a copy. You can now freely access it here.