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Jacqueline Corcoran, PhD

  • Professor

  • Director, Doctorate in Clinical Social Work Program

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, D-8
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 703.405.3254
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Research Interests

Mental Health

Clinical Social Work

Evidence-Based Practice in Social Work

Systematic Reviews, Meta-Analysis, and Meta-Synthesis

Strengths-based Models

Jacqueline Corcoran has been a Masters level social worker for over 25 years and has enjoyed 20 years of productive academic scholarship, starting out at the University of Texas at Arlington (4 years), then Virginia Commonwealth University (17 years), and now the University of Pennsylvania. In that time, Dr. Corcoran has written 18 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters. She was the first person in social work to publish a book on evidence-based practice, Evidence-Based Social Work Practice with Families, which she wrote in 2000 as an assistant professor.

Dr. Corcoran’s career has been devoted to the synthesis of clinical social work knowledge through systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and meta-synthesis. With Littell and Pillai, she published the first book in social work on systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Another area of clinical scholarship is strengths-based models, including solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, strengths-based assessment, and ways to make existing models more strengths-based. Dr. Corcoran is committed to continuing the compilation of knowledge to further the evidence basis of social work with the mission of bringing relevant services to oppressed and vulnerable people.


Corcoran, J. (2020). Case-Based Learning for Group Intervention in Social Work. Oxford University Press.

Corcoran, J., & Walsh, J. (2019, 3rd ed.). Mental Health in Social Work: A Casebook on Diagnosis and Strengths-Based Assessment.  Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Corcoran, J. (2019). Exposure. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 24, 44-49.

Corcoran, J., Stuart, S., & Schultz, J. (2019). Teaching Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) in an MSW Clinical Course.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 39:3, 226-236, DOI: 10.1080/08841233.2019.1614133

Corcoran, J. (2019). Adolescent depression. In J. Raines (Ed.), Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice in the Schools. NY, NY: Oxford University Press.

*Corcoran, J., Schildt, B., Hochbrueckner, R. et al. (2017). Parents of Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Meta-Synthesis, Part II. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Doi: 10.1007/s10560-017-0497-1.

*Walsh, J., Corcoran, J., Crooks, P., Cooks, N., & Cummings, C. (2017). The lived experience of bipolar disorder: A systematic review and meta-synthesis. Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Vol. 1-2.

Corcoran, J. (2017). Interventions for adolescent depression. Encyclopedia of Social Work. Subject: DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.01.

Corcoran, J., & Walsh, J. (2016, 3rd ed.). Clinical assessment and diagnosis in social work practice. New York: Oxford University Press.

Corcoran, J. (2016). Living with Mental Disorder: Insights from Qualitative Research. Essex, England: Routledge.

Corcoran, J. (2016). Motivational Interviewing: A Workbook for Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.

Corcoran. J. (2016). Teenage Pregnancy and Mental Health. Societies, 6, 21; doi:10.3390/soc6030021.

*Corcoran, J., Schildt, B., Hochbrueckner, R. et al. (2016). Parents of Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Meta-Synthesis, Part I. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. doi:10.1007/s10560-016-0465-1

*Stebbins, M.B. & Corcoran, J. (2016). Pediatric bipolar. Journal of Child and Adolescent Social Work.33: 115. doi:10.1007/s10560-015-0411-7.

Corcoran, J. (2016). Adolescent depression. Oxford Bibliographies Social Work Online. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780195389678-0244

*Corcoran, J., Walsh, J., Hochbrueckner, R., & Spence, R. (2015). The Lived Experience of Schizophrenia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis. Social Work in Mental Health, 21.

*Corcoran, J., Berry, A., & Hill, S. (2015). The Lived Experience of U.S. Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders:  A Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. 27, 356-366.

Corcoran, J. (2015). Solution-focused therapy. In R. Cautin & S. Lillienfeld (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. Taylor Francis.

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