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Mary Corcoran Mary Corcoran
Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Professor of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences (Secondary)

Office Phone: 202-994-8229
Email: Email
Department: Clinical Research and Leadership


  • BS, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1977
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania, 1984
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1992


Dr. Mary Corcoran is a tenured Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, George Washington University, Washington DC, and Associate Dean of Faculty Development for Health Sciences, SMHS. Dr. Corcoran has a long history as an author, researcher, and educator. She is the immediate past editor of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Corcoran has published and presented widely on the topics of environmental modifications, dementia management, caregiving styles, and skilling building for caregivers.


January 1989 to September 1989  Principal Investigator (15% effort), “A Field-Based Training Approach for Occupational, Therapists Working with Demented Elderly and their Caregivers”.  Funded by TirLawyn Consortium ($18,000).

September 1989 to July 1991  Principal Investigator (25% effort), “Improvement of Role Competencies in Spousal Caregivers of Elderly with Dementia”.  Funded by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation ($15,000).

August 1992 to January 1996  Co-Investigator (30% effort), “Dementia Management: A Home Based Intervention for Caregivers”.  Funded by National Institute on Aging ($750,000).  PI - Laura Gitlin.

October 1996 to July 2001  Principal Investigator (50% effort), “Caregiving Styles of Spouses Who Provide Dementia Care”.  Funded as a First Investigators Research Study Transition Award by the National Institute on Aging ($350,000). 

August 1996 to July 2001 Co-Investigator (20% effort), “Home Environmental Skill-Building Program for Caregivers”.  Funded by the National Institute on Aging ($1.25 million). PI - Laura Gitlin.

June, 1998 to May, 2000  Principal Investigator (10% effort), “A Descriptive Study of the Benefits of Home-Based Occupational Therapy”.  Funded by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation ($12,000)

July 1999 to August 2004  Co-Investigator, “Enhancing Function of Frail Elderly Community Residents”.  Funded by the National Institute on Aging ($1.25 million).  PI - Laura Gitlin.

July 2000 to June 2001  Principal Investigator, “A Staff-Developed Approach to Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia”.  Funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Center on Aging ($25,000).

August 2000 to July 2001  Principal Investigator, “Nursing Home Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Quality Care Program”.  Funded by the National Institute on Aging ($50,000).

July 2007 to December 2008  Co-Investigator, “Toolkits for Program Evaluation”.  Funded by National Endowment for the Arts ($10,000).  PI - Gene Cohen.

July 2007 to September 2008  Principal Investigator, "Caregiver Styles of Adult Children Who Provide Dementia Care", Funded by Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Center on Aging ($40,000).

July 2008 to January 2009  Co-Investigator, “Proposal for Evaluation of Senior Friendly Neighborhood Program”. Funded by the Weinberg Foundation ($100,000).

January 2008 to present  Consultant (5%), “Geriatric and Palliative Care Education”, HRSA. PI – Lunsford.

January 2010 to January 2011  Principal Investigator, “A Pilot Study of the Online Leisure C-TIPS Program”. National Collaborative on Aging ($40,000).

July 2012-June 2014  Co-PI, “WAGECC Leadership and Education about Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD)”, Health Service Research Administration. B. Lunsford, PI


2016 Cel Hamant Lectureship, Indiana University, Department of Occupational Therapy
2013 Service Award, American Occupational Therapy Association


Dr. Corcoran has taught at The George Washington University since 1997. During this time, she has taught in several programs in the CRL Department. Currently, Dr. Corcoran developed and obtained approval for a post-professional Doctor in Occupational Therapy and served as the initial program director.  Through her role as Associate Dean of Faculty Development for Health Sciences, Dr. Corcoran has been instrumental in establishing programs and resources to promote teaching and learning.  She initiated the IMPACT Initiative in 2012 as a resource for faculty, staff, and administration in support of teaching, scholarship, and collaboration. Dr. Corcoran is currently the program director for the PhD in Translational Health Sciences


Dr. Corcoran has served as both principal investigator and co-principal investigator on several funded projects, including four grants funded by the National Institute on Aging. Currently, she is testing the effects of a new online skill-building program for family caregivers – the Customized Toolkit of Information and Practical Solutions (C-TIPS) program (http://www.C-TIPS.com).  Her experience includes use of qualitative and quantitative, as well as mixed, methodologies.

Centers and Institutes

Washington Area Geriatric Education Consortiuum, GW

Center for Aging, Health, and Humanities, GW


  • Clinical and Translational Research
  • Clinical Management and Leadership
  • Clinical Research Administration
  • Core Curriculum in Health Sciences
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Care Quality
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Translational Health Sciences


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