Jean Corcoran, Ph.D.

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Teaching Assistant Professor
Counseling Psychology
612 N Lombardy, rm 130
(804) 828-2576

Teaching Assistant Professor
Counseling Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
PhD (1997), Virginia Commonwealth University

Research and Clinical Interests

My research interests in the past involved investigating the language of therapy as well as relationships. At present I teach graduate and undergraduate courses, and supervise practicum year round. I focus my research and development interests on practicum training and find this a dynamic area that is filled with changing ideas, replacing the apprentice-model with theories about training in eclecticism and evidence-supported treatments. The challenge becomes providing an array of knowledge areas while still giving students a strong base of therapeutic skills. The most exciting aspect of supervision for me is to gain more understanding about how to facilitate students' self-awareness. Attention to and understanding of personal thoughts, feelings, and values gives students an experience that translates into accurate empathy for clients, and is an essential ingredient in becoming a professional practitioner.

Recent Courses Taught at VCU

  • Psychopathology, graduate level
  • Ethics, graduate level
  • Introduction to Interviewing, graduate level
  • Practicum Supervision
  • Lifespan Development, undergraduate level
  • Abnormal Psychology, undergraduate level