Headshot of Dr. Jacqueline Corcoran

Jacqueline Corcoran, PhD

  • Professor
  • Director, Doctorate in Clinical Social Work Program
  • 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.



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    Research Areas(s)

    Data Driven Policy Analysis + Evidence-Based Practice

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