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Lori E Koelsch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Psychology

College Hall 537
Phone: 412.396.1614

Education:

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

 

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.

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

Presentations
Selected presentations:

Koelsch, L.E. (March, 2014). Gender differences in an alcohol blog: A content analysis.  Poster presented at the Association for Women in Psychology 39th Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.

Koelsch, L.E. & Gottleib, R.* (May, 2013). Drunk and documented: Content analysis of an alcohol themed photoblog. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Koelsch, L.E. & Kelly, S.D.* (March, 2012). The never-ending hangover: Private embarrassment for public consumption. Paper presented at the Association for Women in Psychology 37th Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA.

Boisen, L.* & Koelsch, L.E. (March, 2012). The bodyguard and the mother hen: College women's discourse around unwanted sexual attention at parties. Paper presented at the Association for Women in Psychology 37th Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA.

Koelsch, L.E. (May, 2011). The member check: Implications for catalytic validity in psychological research. Paper presented at The 7th International Conference of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Koelsch, L.E. (March, 2011). Empirically based poetry: Possibilities for feminist research. Paper presented at the Association for Women in Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Koelsch, L.E. (July, 2010). Grey-rape, rape-rape, unwanted sex, regretted sex, and "I-don't-remember-what-happened-last-night" sex: Labels and discourses.  Paper presented at the 14th Biennial Conference of the Constructivist Psychology Network, Niagara Falls, NY.

Koelsch. L.E., Barackman, A.*  (May, 2010).  Presentation of research on the Internet: Possibilities and ethical concerns.  Paper presented at The 6th International Conference of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL. International conference, competitive review

Koelsch, L.E., Brown, A.L., & Boisen, L.* (February, 2010).  Too drunk to consent: Factors influencing bystander intervention during college party hook-ups.  Paper presented at the Association for Women in Psychology 35th Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Koelsch, L.E. (March, 2008).  Quilting Sexual Stories.  Paper presented at the Association for Women in Psychology 33rd Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Koelsch, L.E., Domenici, D.J., DeNardi, K.A., Humpreys, C.L, & Matusek, J.A. (May, 2006) "If this were my dream . . .":  The shared experience of a dream group. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Koelsch, L. E. (April, 2005) It just doesn't make sense: Using multiple readings to understand women's experiences.  Paper presented at the 1st International Conference of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Koelsch, L. E. (February, 2005) "I really don't know why because that doesn't make complete sense": How understanding is prevented by the privileging of rationality.  Paper presented at the Association for Women in Psychology 30th Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.

*graduate student

Courses

Undergraduate courses have included:

  • Orientation to the Psychology Major
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Senior Integrative Projects

Beginning Fall 2014 will teach the following graduate course:

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research