Denise J Larsen

Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept


Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
(780) 492-5897
6-123E Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5



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 26 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 both practice and research.

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.


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 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
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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

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