Denise Larsen

Denise Larsen

Associate Dean- Research, Professor, Counselling Psychology; Director of Research, Hope Studies

Educational Psychology
denise.larsen@ualberta.ca
http://www.hope-lit.ualberta.ca, http://www.ualberta.ca/HOPE/


Research and Interest

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 25 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 individual, group, couples, career, and peer counselling contexts. I have also conducted research on hope in classroom contexts, exploring experiences of hope, its roles, and potential benefits with children/youth and educators. Recently, we completed trials of hope intervention for individuals with chronic pain and we are currently engaged in control trials of a hope intervention for individuals with Parkinson Disease. I take an integrationist theoretical approach to both practice and research.

Over the past 15 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 my former graduate students now holding academic positions in universities as well as working in diverse counselling/clinical contexts.

Please visit our Hope Studies Central website at:  http://www.ualberta.ca/HOPE/


Representative Publications

Edey, W., King, R., Stege, R., & Larsen, D. (2016). The “Being hopeful in the face of chronic pain” program: A psychotherapy group for people experiencing chronic pain. Journal for Specialists in Group Work. doi: 10.1080/01933922.2016.1146378

Larsen, D.
, King, R., Stege, R., & Egeli, N. (2015). Clients’ experiences of hope in a hope and strengths-based group activity for individuals with chronic pain. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 28(2), 175-199.

Howell, A., Jacobson, R., & Larsen, D. (2015). Enhanced psychological functioning among chronic pain patients engaged in hope-focused group counseling. The Counseling Psychologist (Special Issue on Positive Psychology). doi:10.1177/0011000014551421

Howell, A., & Larsen, D. (2015). Other-oriented hope: An integral concept in hope studies. New York, NY: SpringerBriefs.

Larsen, D. J. (2015). Expanding our horizon of hope. In L. Bormans (Ed.). The World Book of Hope, pp.359-362.Tielt, Belgium: Lannoo.

Egeli, N., Brar, J., Larsen, D., & Yohani, S. (2014). Intersections between hope and vulnerability in couples’ experiences of the reflecting team process. Journal of Couple and RelationshipTherapy, 13(3), 198-218.

Larsen, D., Stege, R., Edey, W., & Ewasiw, J. (2014). Working with unrealistic or unshared hope in the counselling session. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. (DOI:10.1080/03069885.2014.895798)

Egeli, N., Brar, J., Larsen, D., & Yohani, S. (2014). Couples’ experiences of hope when participating in the reflecting team process: A case study. Contemporary Family Therapy. 36, 93-107

Larsen, D., Stege, R., Edey, W., & Ewasiw, J. (2014). Working with unrealistic or unshared hope in the counselling session. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling  (DOI:10.1080/03069885.2014.895798)

Egeli, N., Brar, J., Larsen, D., & Yohani, S. (2014). Couples’ experiences of hope when participating in the reflecting team process: A case study. Contemporary Family Therapy. 36, 93-107

Austin, W., Brintnell, B., Goble, E., Kagan, L., Kreitzer, L., Larsen, D., & Leier, B. (2013). Down in the endlessly falling snow: Canadian healthcare professionals’ experience of compassion fatigue. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier University Press. (Authors alphabetical).

Li, Y., & Larsen, D. (2012). Finding hope in the darkness: Stories of two Chinese newcomers enrolled in Canadian high school. Canadian and International Education, 41(1), 39-58.

Goble, E., Austin, W., Larsen, D., Kreitzer, L, & Brintnell, S. (2012, May). Habits of mind and the split-mind effect: When computer-assisted qualitative data anlsyis software is used in phenomenological research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research.

Larsen, D., & Stege, R. (2012). Client accounts of hope in early counseling sessions: A qualitative study. Journal of Counseling and Development, 90,45-54.

Flesaker, K., & Larsen, D. (2012). To offer hope you must have hope: Accounts of hope for reintegration counsellors working with women on parole and probation. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 11(1), 61-79.

Yohani, S., & Larsen, D. (2012). The cultivation of hope in trauma-focused counselling. In R.A. McMackin, E. Newman, J.M. Fogler, &  T.M. Keane (Eds.). Trauma therapy in context: The science and craft of evidence-based practice (pp. 193-210). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Larsen, D., & Stege, R. (2010). Hope-focused practices during early psychotherapy sessions: Part I: Implicit approaches. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 20(3), 271-292.

Larsen, D., & Stege, R. (2010). Hope-focused practices during early psychotherapy sessions: Part II: Explicit approaches. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 20(3), 293-311.

Yohani, S., & Larsen, D. (2009). Hope lives in the heart: Refugee and immigrant children’s perceptions of hope and hope engendering sources during early years of adjustment. Canadian Journal of Counselling (Commemorative Issue),43(4), 246-264.

Larsen, D. (2009). “It gives me a kind of grounding”: Two university educators’ narratives of hope in worklife. In A. Mattos (Ed.). Narratives on Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Perspective (pp. 151-166). New York: Palgrave: MacMillan.

Larsen, D., Flesaker, K., & Stege, R. (2008). Qualitative interviewing using Interpersonal Process Recall: Investigating internal experiences during professional-client conversations. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 7(1), 18-37.

Harris, G., & Larsen, D. (2008). Understanding hope in the face of an HIV diagnosis and high-risk behavors. Journal of Health Psychology, 21, 843-859.

Larsen, D., Edey, W., & LeMay, L. (2007). Understanding the role of hope in counselling: Exploring the intentional uses of hope. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 20(4), 401-416.

Harris, G. E., & Larsen, D. (2007). HIV peer counseling and the development of hope: Perspectives from peer counselors and peer counseling recipients. AIDS, Patient Care and STDs, 21(11), 843-859.

Larsen, D., & Boisvert, J. (2006). Women's professional mentorship in psychology and the academy: One group's stories of quilting and life. In W. Schissel (Ed.), Home/Bodies: Geography of Self, Place, and Space (pp. 44-59). Calgary, AB: University of Calgary Press.

Larsen, D.J., & Larsen, J.E. (2004). 'I am a puzzle': Adolescence as reflected in self-metaphors. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 38, (4), 246-259.

Larsen, D., Cumming, C., Hundleby, M., & Kuiken, D. (2003). Innovating a writing group for female cancer patients: A counselling field description. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 37(4), 279-294.