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Department of Psychology

Donald P. Corriveau, Ph.D.

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Degrees: Ph.D. 1978 U.R.I.
M.A. 1975 U.R.I.
B.A. 1973 Providence College
Rank: Chancellor Professor Emeritus
Licenses: Clinical Psychologist; Health Service Provider
Hospital Privileges: Saint Anne's Hospital, Fall River, MA
Office: LARTS
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Telephone: (508) 999-8380
Fax: (508) 999-9169
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Major Research Interests:

  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Psychotic Illness and Patient Awareness
  • Health Psychology
  • Clinical Outcome Research
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Children's Theatre and Self-Confidence
  • Psychosocial Stress
  • Components of Effective Counseling
  • Social Skills Training

Clinical Interests:

  • Pain Management
  • Depression
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Behavior Modification and Therapy
  • Developmental Disabilities

Courses Taught:

  • PSY101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY205 Statistics
  • PSY210 Research Methods
  • PSY298 Experiential Learning
  • PSY302 Psychological Testing
  • PSY303 Psychology of Learning
  • PSY406 Counseling I
  • PSY407 Counseling II
  • PSY423 Health Psychology
  • PSY480 Fieldwork
  • PSY490 Special Topics: Social Skills Training
  • PSY490 Special Topics: Clinical Research
  • PSY490 Special Topics: Health Psychology
  • PSY495 Independent Study
  • PSY496 Directed Study
  • PSY498 Honors Thesis Research
  • PSY900 Contract Learning (as supplement to Psy407 and Psy480)
  • PSY505 Graduate Research Methods I
  • PSY512 Graduate Evaluation Techniques
  • PSY523 Graduate Behavioral Medicine
  • PSY589 Graduate Clinical Practicum
  • PSY590 Graduate Field Experience
  • PSY593 Graduate Clinical Research Methods
  • PSY596 Graduate Thesis Research

Current Research Projects

Evaluating chronic pain patients for Spinal Cord Stimulators

A Spinal Cord Stimulator is an expensive procedure and most medical researchers have suggested that patients with psychological issues are not suitable candidates for this surgery. Unfortunately, empirical research regarding tools for exploring these issues is sparse.  In a recent study, I administered the MMPI-2 to 175 chronic pain patients referred by pain management physicians for potential implantation of a Spinal Cord Stimulator. Norms obtained for this population was compared to the MMPI Standardization Sample and to a general medicine outpatient population.  A poster was presented to EPA (March, 2011) and a manuscript is being considered for publication.

Dissimulation Effects (Faking) in Predicting Risk Factors for Opioid Therapy

The misuse of opioid medications (e.g. Oxycontin) is a national epidemic. Hydrocodone (e.g. Vicodin) is now the most widely prescribed medication in the United States and opioid medications have replaced marijuana as the new illicit drug of choice. Thus, medical practitioners face a major dilemma:  recognizing that opioids are effective tools in ameliorating pain and suffering, while recognizing the major problems of misuse, abuse and diversion facing our society at large. Several instruments including interviews and questionnaires have been developed to identify risk factors for potential abuse/misuse. In one study, I examined the "fakability" of four published questionnaires. The results were quite sobering in demonstrating an especially robust faking main effect.  A poster was presented to Sigma Xi and Psi Chi and a manuscript is being considered for publication.

Patient Awareness of Psychotic Illness

This research program begin with anecdotal evidence that the "Ups and Downs" associated with psychotic illness seemed to co-vary with patients' understanding of their symptoms. During periods of heightened symptoms, many patients seemed unaware of their illness. In turn, this lack of awareness seemed to lead issues of compliance with medication and treatment with deleterious effects on the progression of the disease. My research colleague, Sharon Sousa from our College of Nursing, developed a new scale to measure both positive and negative symptoms of psychotic illness. The scale, which we called the Levels of Recovery Scale (LORS) was easier to administer than existing scales (E.g., the PANNS) and could be completed both by a clinician and by the patient him/herself.  As a measure of patient awareness, we developed a "derived scale" by simply subtracting the LORS-Patient Scale Score from the LORS-Clinician Scale Score.  This became our LORS-Discrepancy Scale.

Our first research study examined the psychometric properties of our new LORS measures. As predicted, patients significantly underestimated their pathology.  We also established the concurrent and discriminant validity of our measures by correlating them to a medication compliance measure, the PANNS, and a functional assessment.  The results of a one month test-retest analysis showed exceptional test-retest reliability. We presented a paper on this research at EPA and the paper was published here:

Corriveau, D.P. and Sousa, S. (2013) Levels of Recovery Scale (LORS): Psychometric Properties of a New Instrument To Assess Psychotic Symptoms and Patient Awareness. Psychological Reports, 113 (2) 435-440.

A larger study was conducted to examine a new treatment intervention based on incorporating the LORS directly into treatment. This treatment included a Motivational Interviewing approach that discussed the apparent discrepancy between the LORS-Clinician Scale and the LORS-Patient Scale. We called this intervention LORS Enabled Dialogue (LED). At baseline, subjects were assigned to a control or treatment group. Subjects in the treatment group received 4 monthly treatment sessions.  The results of that study are quite exciting in demonstrating that our LED intervention lead to a decrease in symptoms of psychotic illness and increased functional assessment. Our paper was published here:

Sousa, S.A., Corriveau, D., Lee, A.F., Bianco, L.G., Sousa, G.M. (2013) The LORS-Enabled Dialogue: A Collaborative Intervention to Promote Recovery from Psychotic Disorders. Psychiatric Services, 64, 58-64.

Alcohol in College Students

I was involved in a multi-site research project investigating alcohol drinking patterns and alcohol related consequences in college students. Two published studies of this work are:

Hoeppner, B.B., Barnett, N.P., Jackson, K.M., Colby, S.M., Kahler, C.W., Monti, P.M., Read, J., Tevyaw, T., Wood, M., Corriveau, D. and Fingeret, A. (2012) Daily College Student Drinking Patterns Across the First Year of College.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 73(4), 613-624.

Barnett, N. P., Clerkin, E., Wood, M., Monti, P. M., Tevyaw, T. O., Corriveau, D., Fingeret, A., & Kahler, C. W.  (2014) Description and predictors of positive and negative alcohol-related consequences in the first year of college.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 75, 103–114.


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