Professor Profiles

Denise Larsen

Denise J Larsen

Professor, Associate Dean (Research)


Educational Psychology

About Me

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.