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Jacqueline Corcoran, PhD

  • Professor

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

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 14 books, 56 journal articles, and 38 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. Corcroan’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 based or integrating models (i.e., Motivational Interviewing, Mental Health in Social Work: A Casebook on Diagnosis and Strengths-Based Assessment; Strengths-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions in Social Work; Helping Skills in Direct Practice for Social Work; Building Strengths and Skills).

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. With her in-depth knowledge of the primary studies comprising the reviews, she hopes, now that she is at Penn, to collaborate with community agencies and related academic disciplines, to further the movement of implementing evidence-based theoretical interventions in communities of need.

Publications

Corcoran, J., & Walsh, J. (2016, 3rd ed., 2010 2nd ed., 2006). 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., & Walsh, J. (2016 DSM 5 update., 2012 2nd ed., 2009). Mental Health in Social Work: A Casebook on Diagnosis and Strengths-Based Assessment.  Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Corcoran, J. (2014). Strengths-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions in Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.

Griesse, R. & Corcoran, J. (2014). Teens Text Sex. Featherweight Press.

Corcoran, J., & Secret, M. (2013). The Social Work Research Skills Workbook: Agency-Based Community Research. New York: Oxford University Press.

Corcoran, J. (2012). Helping Skills in Direct Practice for Social Work. New York: Oxford.

Corcoran, J. (2011). Mental health treatment for children and adolescents. New York: Oxford University Press.

Corcoran, J. (2009). Depression solutions workbook.  Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Corcoran, J. (2009). Social work group workbook. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Corcoran, J. (2006). Cognitive-behavioral methods for social workers: A workbook. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Corcoran, J. (2004). Building strengths and skills: A collaborative approach to working with clients. NY: Oxford University Press.

Corcoran, J. (2003). Clinical applications of evidence-based family intervention. New York: Oxford University Press.

Corcoran, J. (2000). Evidence-based social work practice with families: A lifespan approach. New York: Springer Publishing.

Littel, J., Corcoran, J., & Pillai, V. (2008). Systematic reviews and meta-analysis. New York: 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. The lived experience of bipolar disorder: A systematic review and meta-synthesis. Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Vol. 1-2.

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

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.

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., 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., & Crowley, M. (2014). Latinas’ Attitudes About Cervical Cancer Prevention: A Meta-Synthesis. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 21, 15-21.

Corcoran, J., Brown E, Davis M, Pineda M, Kadolph J, Bell H. (2013). Depression in older adults: a meta-synthesis. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56, 509-534.

Corcoran, J., Crowley, M., Bell, H., Murray, A., & Grindle, L. (2012, online). U.S. Latinas’ Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Mammography: Meta-Synthesis. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

Haddad, L., & Corcoran, J. (2013). Culturally tailored smoking cessation for Arab American male smokers in community settings: A pilot study. Tobacco Use Insights, 6, 17-23.

Corcoran, J., Dattalo, P., & Crowley, M. (2012). Cervical Cancer Screening for U.S. Latinas: A Systematic Review. Health and Social Work, 37, 197-205.

Walsh, J., & Corcoran, J. (2011). A social work perspective on the adjustment disorders. Social Work in Mental Health. 9(2), 107-121.

Corcoran, J., Dattalo, P., Crowley, M., Brown, E., & Grindle, L. (2011). A systematic review of psychosocial interventions for suicidal adolescents. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 2112-2118.

Corcoran, J., Dattalo, P., & Crowley, M. (2010). Interventions to increase mammography rates among U.S. Latinas: A systematic review. Journal of Women’s Health, 19, 1281-1288.

Corcoran, J., & Pillai, V. (2009). A review of the research on solution-focused therapy. British Journal of Social Work, 39, 234 – 242.

Corcoran, J., & Pillai, V. (2008). A meta-analysis of parent-involved treatment for child sexual abuse. Research in Social Work Practice, 18, 453-464.

Corcoran, J. & Pillai, V. (2007). Effectiveness of secondary pregnancy prevention programs: A meta-analysis. Research in Social Work Practice, 17, 5-18.

Corcoran, J. (2006). A comparison group study of  solution-focused therapy versus “treatment-as-usual” for behavior problems in children. Journal of Social Service Research, 33, 69-82.

Corcoran, J., & Dattalo, P. (2006). Parent involvement in treatment for ADHD: A meta-analysis of the published studies. Research on Social Work Practice, 16, 561-570.

Corcoran, J., & Allen, S. (2005). The effects of a police/victim assistance crisis team approach to domestic violence. Journal of Family Violence, 20, 39-45.

Miller, J., Kovacs, P., Wright, L., Corcoran, J., & Rosenblum, A. (2005). Field education: Student and field instructor perceptions of the learning process. Social Work in Education, 41, 131-145.

Corcoran, J. (2004). Treatment outcome research with the non-offending parents of sexually abused children: A critical review. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 13, 59-84.

Corcoran, J. & Ivery, J. (2004). Parent and child attributions for child behavior: Distinguishing factors for engagement and outcome. Families in Society, 85, 101-106.

Corcoran, J., & Nichols-Casebolt, A. (2004). Risk and resilience ecological framework for assessment and goal formulation. Child and Adolescent Social Work, 21, 211-235.

Matto, H.C., Corcoran, J., Fassler, A. (2003). Integrating solution-focused and art therapies for substance abuse treatment: Guidelines for practice. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 30(5), 265-272.

Phillips, J., Corcoran, J., & Grossman, C. (2003). Implementing a cognitive-behavioral curriculum for adolescents with depression in the school setting. Children & Schools, 25, 147-158.

Thomas, C., & Corcoran, J. (2003). Family approaches to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: An empirical review to guide school social work practice. Children and Schools, 25, 19-34.

Corcoran, J. (2002). The Transtheoretical Stages of Change model and Motivational Interviewing for building maternal supportiveness in cases of sexual abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse,11, 1-17.

Corcoran, J. (2002). Developmental adaptations of solution-focused family therapy. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 2, 301-313.

Corcoran, J., & Franklin, C. (2002). Multi-systemic risk factors that predict depression, self-esteem, and stress in low SES and culturally diverse adolescents. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 52, 61-76.

Corcoran, J. (2001). Treatment approaches for child welfare mothers with addiction problems: An empirical review to guide practice. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 1, 5-24.

Corcoran, J. (2001). Multi-systemic influences on family functioning with teens attending pregnancy prevention programs. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 18, 37-49.

Corcoran, M., & Corcoran, J. (2001). Retrospective reasons for the initiation of substance abuse: Gender and ethnic effects. Journal of Multicultural Social Work, 10, 69-83.

Corcoran, J., Stephenson, M., Perryman, D., & Allen, S. (2001). Perceptions and utilization of a police social work crisis intervention approach to domestic violence. Families in Society, 82, 393-398.

Thomas, C., & Corcoran, J. (2001). Empirically-based marital and family interventions for alcohol abuse: A review. Research on Social Work Practice, 11, 549-575.

Corcoran, J. (2000). Solution-focused family therapy with ethnic minority clients. Crisis Intervention and Time-Limited Treatment, 6, 5-12.

Corcoran, J. (2000). Crisis intervention family preservation services. Crisis Intervention and Time-Limited Treatment, 5, 171-178.

Corcoran, J. (2000). Family interventions with child physical abuse and neglect: A critical review. Children and Youth Services Review, 22, 563-591.

Corcoran, J. (2000). Family treatment of preschool behavior problems. Research on Social Work Practice, 10, 547-588.

Corcoran, J. (2000). Ecological factors associated with adolescent sexual activity. Social Work in Health Care, 30, 93-111.

Corcoran, J. (1999). Ecological factors associated with adolescent pregnancy and parenting: A review of the literature. Adolescence, 34, 603-619.

Corcoran, J., Franklin, C., & Bennett, P. (2000). Ecological factors associated with adolescent pregnancy and parenting. Social Work Research, 24, 29-39.

Corcoran, J., & Stephenson, M. (2000). The effectiveness of solution-focused therapy with children with behavior problems: A preliminary report. Families in Society, 81, 468-474.

Franklin, C., & Corcoran, J. (2000). Programs for the primary prevention of adolescent pregnancy: A curriculum review. Social Work.

Harakal Phillips, J., & Corcoran, J. (2000). Multi-family group interventions with schizophrenia. Groupwork, 12, 45-63.

Corcoran, J. (1999). Children’s literature and popular movies for knowledge of lifespan development. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 5, 87-98.

Corcoran, J. (1999). Solution-focused interviewing with child protective services clients. Child Welfare, 78(4), 461-479.

Corcoran, J. (1998). Solution-focused practice with middle and high school at-risk youths. Social Work in Education, 20, 232-243.

Corcoran, J. (1998). In defense of mothers of sexual abuse victims. Families in Society, 49, 358-369.

Corcoran, J. (1998). Consequences of adolescent pregnancy/parenting: A review of the literature. Social Work in Health Care, 27, 49-67.

Corcoran, J., & Franklin, C. (1998). A solution-focused approach to physical abuse. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 9, 69-73.

Corcoran, J., Franklin, C., & Bennett, P. (1998). The use of the Social Support Behaviors Scale with teens attending pregnancy prevention programs. Research on Social Work Practice, 8, 302-314.

Corcoran, J. (1997). A solution-oriented approach to working with juvenile offenders. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 14, 277-288.

Corcoran, J., Franklin, C., & Bell, H. (1997). Pregnancy prevention from the teen perspective. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 14, 365-382.

Franklin, C., Corcoran, J., Nowicki, J., & Streeter, C. (1997). Using client self-anchored scales to measure outcomes in solution-focused therapy. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 16, 246-265.

Franklin, C., Grant, D., Corcoran, J., O’Dell, P., Bultman, L. (1997). Effectiveness of prevention programs for adolescent pregnancy: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 59, 551-567.

Corcoran, J. (1995). Child abuse victim services: An exploratory study of the Austin, Texas Police Department. Family Violence and Sexual Assault Bulletin, 11, 19-23.

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