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Kate Corcoran, Ph.D.

Kate Corcoran
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Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapies, Mood and Anxiety Disorders


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada (2006)


Kate Corcoran, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based approaches for mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Corcoran is a Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where she teaches CBT and mindfulness interventions to psychology students and psychiatry residents. Dr. Corcoran is also the Director of Training for the Adult Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry, overseeing the clinical training of advanced psychology fellows.

Dr. Corcoran received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2007, where she trained under the mentorship of Dr. Sheila Woody.  Dr. Corcoran later completed her internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (2006), followed by her postdoctoral training at Stanford University’s School of Medicine (2007). Prior to her appointment at Stanford, Dr. Corcoran was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a psychologist in the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). At CAMH, Dr. Corcoran worked closely with Dr. Zindel Segal and trained in mindfulness-based practices.  

Talks & Lectures: 

The DSM-5: Updates to Mood, Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.Invited speaker, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA (2013).

Psychotherapy for Mood Disorders.8th Annual Stanford Mood Disorders Education Day. Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA. (2012).

Mindfulness Strategies to Reduce Stress and Improve Performance.Invited speaker, Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, CA. (2012).

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Selected Books:

Arnow, B., Corcoran, K, Thase, M. (2013) CBT for dysthymia and chronic major depression. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Complete Reference Guide.

Selected Articles:

Hawley, L. L., Schwartz, D., Bieling, P. J., Irving, J., Corcoran, K., Farb, N. A., Anderson, A. K., & Segal, Z. V. (2014).  Mindfulness Practice, Rumination and Clinical Outcome in Mindfulness-Based Treatment. Cognitive Therapy and Research.38 (1): 1-9

Bieling, P. J., Hawley, L. L., Bloch, R. T., Corcoran, K. M., Levitan, R. D., Young, L. T., MacQueen, G. M., & Segal, Z. V. (2012). Treatment-Specific Changes in Decentering Following Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Versus Antidepressant Medication or Placebo for Prevention of Depressive Relapse. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.  80 (3): 365-372

Corcoran, K.M., Farb, N., Anderson, A., & Segal ZV. (2010).Mindfulness and emotion regulation: Outcomes and possible mediating mechanisms. Emotion regulation and psychopathology: A transdiagnostic approach to etiology and treatment.339-355

Corcoran, K. M. &Woody, S. R.(2009).Effects of suppression and appraisals on thought frequency and distress.Behaviour Research and Therapy.47 (12): 1024-1031

Corcoran, K. M. &Woody, S. R. (2008).Appraisals of obsessional thoughts in normal samples Behaviour Research and Therapy. 46 (1): 71-83

Corcoran, K.M.& Segal, Z.V. (2008).Metacognition in depressive and anxiety disorders: Current directions.International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. 1 (1): 33-44



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