Jessie Goicoechea

Director, Rita M. McGinley Psychology Clinic, Director of Clinical Training, and Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

223 Rockwell Hall
Phone: 412.396.1785


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Duquesne University, 2002
M.A., Psychology, Duquesne University, 1996
B.A., Psychology, University of Dallas, 1995

Jessie Goicoechea is the current Director of Training of the doctoral program in clinical psychology. She joined the faculty in 2003 as Director of the Psychology Clinic, the primary training facility for the doctoral students, a position in which she continues to serve. She brings a background in community mental health, having completed her pre-doctoral internship at Clinton-Eaton-Ingham CMH in Lansing, Michigan and having worked for six years as a psychotherapist at Persad Center in Pittsburgh, the nation's second oldest community mental health center specifically for the LGBT community. She enjoys the combination of overseeing the community clinic and contributing to the students' training, including teaching graduate courses on assessment, child and couples therapy, ethics, and supervision.

Dr. Goicoechea received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Dallas, a program which fostered in her a deep interest in phenomenology and led her to Duquesne. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from this program. She has conducted qualitative research on psychiatric, diagnostic discourse in patient-staff interactions from phenomenological, discursive, and feminist perspectives. Other research interests include clients' experiences of collaborative assessment, and group psychotherapy training. Dr. Goicoechea is a licensed psychologist with a private practice; clinical interests include child-centered play therapy, therapy with sexual minorities, and couples therapy from an integrative approach that draws on object-relations.

Recent Publications

Goicoechea, J. (2013). Invoking and inscribing mental illness: A discursive analysis of diagnostic terminology in inpatient treatment planning meetings. Feminism & Psychology, 23 (1), 107-118.

Goicoechea, J., Fitzpatrick, T. & Gregson, J.  (2012). Case formulation and child-centered play therapy: An oxymoron?  Presentation given at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology in Pittsburgh, PA.

Goicoechea, J. (2012). Drawing inspiration from Richard Avedon's portrait photography: Implications for Inidvidualized, Collaborative Assessment. Presentation given at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology in Pittsburgh, PA.

Goicoechea, J. (2010). First semester life-world assessments. Panel presentation given at the 2010 Society for Personality Assessment Conference in San Jose, CA.

Goicoechea, J. (2009). Developing collaborative assessment skills and sensibilities: Our training clinic's intake procedure. Panel presentation given at the Society for Personality Assessment Conference in Chicago, IL.

Goicoechea, J. (2007). Building collaborative assessment skills: A practicum clinic's intake procedure. Panel presentation given at the APPIC Conference in San Diego, CA.


Introduction to Psychological Assessment; PSYC 571

Couples and Child Therapy; PSYC 673

Seminar in Consultation and Supervision; PSYC 665