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Lori E Koelsch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 537
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, post-modern 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.

As a clinician, Dr. Koelsch's greatest influence is interpersonal psychotherapy in 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. (2013). Reconceptualizing the member check interview. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 12, 168-179.

Walsh, R. & Koelsch, L.E. (2012). Building across fault lines in qualitative research. The Humanistic Psychologist, 40(4), 380-390.

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

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

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

Beginning Fall 2014 will teach the following graduate course:

Introduction to Qualitative Research, PSYC 513