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Jacqueline Corcoran

Jacqueline Corcoran

Phone: (703) 823-4135

Integrating teaching, scholarship and service

“I view my job as integration between teaching, scholarship and service. I enjoy seeing how the students react to and work with class material to best gain the knowledge they need to meet the objectives of that class and to ultimately help the impoverished and vulnerable clients we serve.

“I’ve written several textbooks — some are used across the nation in social work education — from the knowledge I have gained through teaching. My research students conduct program evaluations in community agencies and research academic issues. In that way I link teaching and service to the community and to the school. Themes in my teaching, scholarship and practice with clients are strength-based and evidence-based practice.”


  • Ph.D. – University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • M.S.S.W. – University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • B.S. – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Research interests

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Strengths-based practice models
  • Child and family services

Courses taught

  • Research for Clinical Social Work Practice I
  • Research for Clinical Social Work Practice II
  • Mental, Emotional and Behavior Disorders
  • Groups in Social Work

Selected publications

  • 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., & Walsh, J. (2006). Clinical assessment and diagnosis in social work practice. New York: Oxford University Press.

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

Professional affiliations

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Society for Social Work and Research