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Geraldine K. Piorkowski Ph.D.


Dr. Geraldine K. Piorkowski is a retired clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since then, she has worked in a variety of academic and clinical settings for over fifty years. Besides holding the position of Chair of the Psychology Department at Roosevelt University, Chicago, she was also on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Newark, and the Northwestern Medical School in Chicago. In addition, she was director of two university counseling centers in Chicago. She is the author of many psychological articles and three books: Too Close for Comfort: Exploring the Risks of Intimacy (1994), Adult Children of Divorce: Confused Love Seekers (2008), and most recently, Beyond Pipe Dreams and Platitudes: Insights on Love, Luck, and Narcissism from a Longtime Psychologist (2021). Currently, she is on the local Board of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and lives in Chicago with her husband of 61 years. They have two adult children (Paul and Julie) and also had a son, Michael, who died in 1995.

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