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Lori Koelsch

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Programs
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Rockwell Hall 205
Phone: 412.396.1614


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Miami University, 2008
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Miami University, 2004
B.A., Psychology, Rutgers University, 2001

Dr. Koelsch's research has been influenced by multi-disciplinary qualitative theories, feminist literature/theory, postmodern psychology, and archetypal psychology.  Her  research interests include young women's sexual experiences and trauma.  In particular, Dr. Koelsch is interested in how cultural conceptions of gender and sex influence young women's interpretation of various sexual situations. Whenever possible, Dr. Koelsch includes graduate students as co-authors on publications or co-presenters at conferences. 

Dr. Koelsch is currently the Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Psychology Department. She has a passion for teaching and mentoring students.

Dr. Koelsch's clinical work has been influenced by interpersonal psychotherapy from the psychodynamic tradition. As a therapist, she also integrates imaginal archetypal work, including dreamwork. She utilizes a process-focused style while supervising therapists in training.

Recent Publications

Koelsch, L. E. (in press). Using poetry to understand complex subjectivities. In K. Galvin & M. Prendergast (Eds.), Poetic inquiry II: Seeing, understanding, caring.

Koelsch, L. E. (2015). I poems: Evoking self. Qualitative Psychology, 2(1), 96-107. http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=search.displayrecord&uid=2015-05650-006

Koelsch, L. E. (2014). Pathological conversations: A review of Semantic Polarities and Psychopathologies in the Family. Journal of Constructivist Psychology. doi: 10.1080/10720537.2014.903216

Koelsch, L. E. (2014). Sexual discourses and the absence of agency, Women & Language, 37(2), 11-29.

Koelsch, L.E. (2013). Reconceptualizing the member check interview. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 12, 168-179.  http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/IJQM/index

Walsh, R. & Koelsch, L.E. (2012). Building across fault lines in qualitative research. The Humanistic Psychologist, 40(4), 380-390.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08873267.2012.724260#.VZ64RflVhBc

Koelsch, L.E. (2012). The virtual patchwork quilt: A qualitative feminist research method. Qualitative Inquiry, 18(10), 823-829.  http://qix.sagepub.com/

Koelsch, L.E., Brown, A.L., & Boisen, L.* (2012). Bystander perceptions: Implications for university sexual assault prevention programs. Violence and Victims, 27(4) 823-829.  

Koelsch, L.E. & Knudson, R.M. (2009). "I don't know how to start talking about it": Five poems.  Qualitative Inquiry (QI), 15(2), 350-358.

Koelsch, L.E., Fuehrer, A. & Knudson, R.M. (2008). Rational or not?: Subverting understanding through the rational/non-rational dichotomy.  Feminism & Psychology, 18(2), 253-259.

Messman-Moore, T.L., Brown, A.L. & Koelsch, L.E. (2005) Posttraumatic symptoms and self-dysfunction as consequences and predictors of sexual revictimization.  Journal of Traumatic Stress, 18(3) 253-261.


*graduate student

Other Scholary Work
Undergraduate courses have included:

Orientation to the Psychology Major, PSYC 102
Research Methods in Psychology, PSYC 201
Psychology of Personality, PSYC 228W
Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity, PSYC 454
Senior Integrative Projects, PSYC 499

Graduate Courses

Introduction to Qualitative Research, PSYC 513