Denise J Larsen

Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Education - Deans Office

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
Email
denise.larsen@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-5897
Address
6-123E Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
EdmontonAB
T6G 2G5

Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Education - Deans Office
Email
djlarsen@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

My primary research interest is in the study of hope as it relates to counselling psychology and educational practices. I lead Hope Studies Central, a research unit with a 30 year history in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. I am a Registered Psychologist and former elementary classroom teacher. My research focuses on the role of hope along with its effective use and benefits in various contexts including in individual, group, couples, career, and peer counselling contexts. I also research the intentional and explicit use of hope in classroom contexts, exploring experiences of hope, its roles, and potential benefits with children/youth and educators. I take an integrationist theoretical approach to research and have employed many different qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methodologies.

Over the past 20 years I have enjoyed various collaborative projects with colleagues and with graduate students both at the University of Alberta and around the world. I publish regularly and am delighted to see graduates and postoctoral fellows now holding academic positions in universities as well as working in diverse educational and counselling/clinical contexts.

Publications

Hope processes in therapy

Author(s): Larsen, D., Hudson Breen, R., Murdoch, K., & Hobbs, C.
Publication Date: 2/2/2022
Publication: Oxford Compendium of Hope
Volume: S. vanden Heuvel and A. Scioli (Eds.).

Imbuing occupations with spiritual significance increases hope

Author(s): Redlich-Amirav, D., Larsen, D., & Taylor, L.
Publication Date: 2021
Publication: OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health

The school-to-work transition for emerging adults formerly in care: Activating hope in support of effective transitions and positive futures

Author(s): King, R., Arsenault, C., & Larsen, D.
Publication Date: 2021
Publication: Oxford University Press
Volume: Handbook of Young Adulthood
Page Numbers: 313-333

The Effectiveness of the Strength, Hope and Resourcefulness Program for People with Parkinsons (SHARP-PWP): A Mixed Methods Study

Author(s): Murdoch, K., Larsen, D., Howell, A., Joyce, A., Edey, W., Arsenault, C., Sandham, T., Miyasaki, J.
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Parkinsonism & Related Disorders
Volume: 70
Page Numbers: 7-12

Development and validation of the Multidimensional hope in counselling and psychotherapy scale

Author(s): Larsen, Denise J.; Whelton, William J.; Rogers, Todd; McElheran, Jesse; Herth, Kaye; Tremblay, Jake; Green, Jill; Dushinski, Karen; Schalk, Kyle; Chamodraka, Martha; Domene, Jose
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Journal of Psychotherapy Integration

Clients’ experiences of hope in an arts-based hope activity for individuals with chronic pain

Author(s): Larsen, D., Stege, R., King, R., Egeli, N.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2018.1453046

Experiences of hope for youth workers engaging at-risk and street involved young people

Author(s): Murdoch, K., and Larsen, D.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Experience of hope in an arts-based hope activity for individuals with chronic pain

Author(s): Larsen, D., Stege, R., King, R., & Egeli, N.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.

The "Being hopeful in the face of chronic pain" program: A psychotherapeutic group for people experiencing chronic pain.

Author(s): Edey, W., King, R., Stege, R., & Larsen, D.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Journal for Specialists in Group Work
DOI: 10.1080/01933922.2016.1146378

Enhanced psychological functioning among chronic pain patients engaged in hope-focused group counseling

Author(s): Howell, A., Jacobson, R., & Larsen, D.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: The Counseling Psychologist (Special Issue on Positive Psychology)

Other-oriented hope: A neglected but integral concept in hope studies

Author(s): Howell, A., & Larsen, D.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: SpringerBriefs

Down in the endlessly falling snow: Canadian healthcare professionals' expeirence of compassion fatigue

Author(s): Austin, W., Brintnell, B., Goble, E., Kagan, L., Kreitzer, L., Larsen, E., & Leire, B.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Wilfred Laurier University Press

Hope-focused practices during early psychotherapy sessions: Part I: Implicit approaches

Author(s): Larsen, D., & Stege, R.
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Journal of Psychotherapy Integration
Volume: 20
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 271-292

Qualitative interviewing using Interpersonal Process Recall: Investigating internal experiences during professional-client conversations

Author(s): Larsen, D., Flesaker, K., & Stege, R.
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: International Journal of Qualitative Methods
Volume: 7
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 18-37

Understanding the role of hope in counselling: Exploring the intentional uses of hope

Author(s): Larsen, D.J., Edey, W., & LeMay, L.
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Counselling Psychology Quarterly
Volume: 20
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 401-416

‘I am a puzzle’: Adolescence as reflected in self-metaphors

Author(s): Larsen, D., & Larsen, J.
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Canadian Journal of Counselling