Current research projects at the Center for the Study
of Religion and Psychology:
For information about my current research, please visit the Center
for the Study of Religion and Psychology web site. There you can
read about the following research projects:
Outcomes Project (assessing outcomes of psychotherapy in the Danielsen
- Compassion Project
(studying techniques from various religious and spiritual
traditions intended to increase compassion and friendliness)
Transitions Archive and Survey (studies for the effect on psychological
and spiritual well-being of the recent large-scale reorganization
of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
and Psychological Well-Being Project (multidisciplinary collaborative
project that includes the Templeton Research Lectures)
- Religiousness & Spirituality Survey
(what do lay people mean by "being a religious person" or
"being a spiritual person")
Moments: Social Anxiety in a Larger Perspective (group psychotherapy
for Social Anxiety/Social Phobia based on looking for sacredness
in one's daily life)
Gifts: A Group Intervention for Elders (group psychotherapy for
elders with depression based on looking for sacred in one's
Project (wellness-promoting strategies for coping with end-of-semester
Projects from my previous job at the Center
for Psychiatric Rehabilitation:
Compeer International. With
colleagues at the Boston
University Center for Psychiatric
Rehabilitation, we studied
the effects of an organization that matches
volunteers and people with
serious mental illnesses. "Compeer Friends" commit to meet
with each other weekly for at least one year. Qualitative and
quantitative papers have been submitted to professional journals
for review, and several book chapters published. This project
was funded by SAMHSA and NIDRR as part of an RRTC grant
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (Principal Investigators:
E. Sally Rogers, Sc.D., and Marianne Farkas, Sc.D.).
here to visit the local project website at the Center
for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
here to visit the Compeer International web site.
B. H., Rogers, E. S., Dunn, E. C., Lyass,
A., & Wan, Y. M. (2008). Increasing
social support for
individuals with serious mental illness:
Evaluating the Compeer model of intentional
friendship. Community Mental Health Journal, 44, 359-366. Click
here to read this article
- McCorkle, B. H., Dunn,
E. C., Wan, Y. M., & Gagne, C. (in press). Compeer Friends:
A qualitative study of a volunteer friendship program for people
with serious mental illness. International Journal of Social
B. H., Rogers, E. S., Dunn, E. C.,
Wan, Y. M., & Lyass, A. (2006). A mixed methods study of the
benefits of Compeer services. In Skirboll, B. W., Bennett,
L., & Klements, M. (Eds.), Compeer: Recovery through
the healing power of friends. Rochester, NY: University
of Rochester Press.
E. C., McCorkle, B. H., Wan, Y. M., & Gagne,
C. (2006). The making of friendships: Compeers talk
about their experiences in the program. In Skirboll,
B. W., Bennett, L., & Klements, M. (Eds.), Compeer:
Recovery through the healing power
of friends. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester
A Study of Consumer-Operated Service Programs.
Co-Principal Investigator (with Principal
Investigator Sally Rogers, Sc.D.) of a study of the effects
of adding consumer-operated
traditional mental health services. In this context, "consumer-operated
services" describes services for people with serious
mental illness that are provided by other people with
serious mental illness. We are one of eight study sites
in a large collaborative 4-year grant funded by the Center
for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Our consumer
agency partner was the St. Louis Empowerment Center in St.
Louis, MO. Data collection is complete and analyses are underway.
here for the local (BU) web site.
here for the multisite web site, maintained by the multisite
Coordinating Center located at the Missouri Institute of Mental
Health in St. Louis, MO.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). Secured a $150,000 CMHS Community
Action Grant for the community of East Hartford to engage in
a consensus-building process about whether to start a consumer-run
program based on Mary Ellen Copeland’s WRAP model. Helped
the project secure additional funding of $200,000 per year from
the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and
Addiction Services to develop and run a statewide network of
WRAP training programs. The new consumer-operated network is
called Focus on Recovery-United (FOR-U).
Click here for the CAG web site.
Click here for the FOR-U web
Research in the Psychology of Religion (STH TY997/998). Two-semester
doctoral research seminar. Boston University, Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences, Counseling Psychology and Religion doctoral
program. Open only to students in the CPAR program.
- 2007 Fall / 2008 Spring
- 2006 Fall / 2007 Spring
- 2005 Fall / 2006 Spring
- 2004 Fall / 2005 Spring
- 2003 Fall / 2004 Spring
Rehabilitation Research I (SAR RC708).
Graduate research methods course for master’s and doctoral students
in Rehabilitation Counseling.
Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation
Sciences, Dept. of Rehabilitation Counseling.
- 2002 Fall (redesigned course as “Rehabilitation Research and Program
- 2000 Fall
Rehabilitation Research II (SAR RC805). Advanced research
methods for doctoral students in Rehabilitation Counseling. Boston
College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Dept. of Rehabilitation
- 2000 Spring (co-taught with E. Sally Rogers, Sc.D.)
Psychology of Religion
Evolutionary Psychology and Religion (STH804).
Graduate seminar, cross-listed with CAS MA504 (same title).
Boston University, School of Theology.
- 2007 Spring (co-taught with Catherine Caldwell-Harris, PhD)
Religious and Psychological Well-Being (STH812/813).
Graduate seminar with themes matching the annual Templeton
Research Lectures of the Religious and Psychological Well-Being
Project. Boston University, School of Theology. (Instructor)
- 2007 Fall / 2008 Spring: Psychology of Religious Experience
Directed Study in the Psychology of Religion (STH991).
Individual directed studies, arranged as needed.
- various graduate students, arranged individually
Abnormal Psychology (CAS PS371). Large lecture course
for upper-division undergraduates. Boston University, College
of Arts and Sciences, Psychology Dept.
- 2003 Spring
- 2002 Spring
- 2001 Spring
- 2000 Spring
Adult Psychopathology (SSW HB723).
Co-taught seminar for social work master’s students. "Adult Psychopathology" with
Gail Steketee, Ph.D. ( Co-Instructor)
I was trained as
a pastoral counselor in the 1980s, earned a PhD in clincial
psychology from Boston Univeristy in the 1990s, and have been
a mental health researcher and faculty member at Boston University
since 1999. My approach to clinical work is very integrative,
having trained in cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic therapy
as well as clinical neuropsychology, and the specific approach
taken with any particular client depends on what arises during
the initial intake. Although there is a lot of "religion" in
the names of the various departments in which I work, we are
not a faith-based organization. Rather, we recognize that religious
and spiritual and existential beliefs and practices can be powerful
forces in people's lives, both in positive and negative ways,
and that it is better to be frank in talking about them than
to pretend that they won't affect therapy.
Brian McCorkle, Ph.D., Director
Center for the Study of Religion & Psychology
The Albert & Jessie Danielsen Institute at Boston University
185 Bay State Rd.
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 358-2969
FAX: (617) 353-5539
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