Dr. Joel Gecht Bio

Dr. Joel R. Gecht - President & CEO

Dr. Gecht has served as the leader of IMPACT Solutions since the firm's inception in 1981. Together with a team of cutting edge professionals, he offers relationship driven, quality based services and programs to organizations and individuals locally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Gecht is a psychologist specializing in the design and implementation of customized behavioral healthcare and related services for colleges, universities, and corporations. Dr. Gecht has been instrumental in the development of the firm's cutting-edge higher education support offerings; the IMPACT Employee Assistance and Work/Life Program; Personalized Medical Guidance®TM(PMG) - designed to help contain overall healthcare costs; the Using Stress To Your AdvantageTM stress management program; and the Shifting GearsTM transition management series. He has also created innovative executive selection and on boarding support initiatives, and offers specialized Leadership assessment, coaching and counseling assistance. Dr. Gecht has served as a consultant to hundreds of organizations throughout the United States, including colleges, universities, NASA, major banks, medical centers, educational systems, and Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Gecht routinely works with top-level executives providing consultation, coaching, counseling, and strategic planning assistance. In his clinical practice, Dr. Gecht treats stress, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. He is certified in marriage and family therapy and is skilled in hypnosis, psychodiagnostic assessment, testing and sports psychology. He also treats problems related to psychosomatic illness, phobias, and motivation as well as helping individuals to enhance their self-esteem and performance objectives.

Dr. Gecht frequently serves as a featured speaker before professional, business, and community groups on a variety of subjects and appears often as a background expert for television, radio, and print news media. He served as staff psychologist for over seven years on WEWS-TV (ABC in Cleveland), during which time he appeared in more than 150 television programs. Dr. Gecht has also been featured on national radio and television programs.

Dr. Gecht is the author of Amanda Memories, a fictional psychological suspense novel published in January 2010.

Dr. Gecht's professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, the Employee Assistance Society of North America, the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy, and the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis.

Dr. Gecht taught undergraduate courses in organizational psychology, psychological testing and assessment and graduate-level clinical supervision at Florida State University and at Northwestern College. He also served as a specialist in special education for a New York City school district prior to enrollment in his doctoral program at Florida State University.

Dr. Gecht received his B.A. degree from Queens College, of the City University of New York, his M.S. degree from the City College of New York, and his Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Dr. Gecht is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychological Specialties in Psychological Assessment, Evaluation and Testing.

Dr. Gecht is the father of four sons. He is an avid sports fan who believes that Cleveland will celebrate a championship team this decade.