Dr. Francien Chenoweth Dorliae

Dr. Francien Chenoweth Dorliae
Title: 
Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: 
Nazareth Hall 30
Phone Extension: 
3433
Email Address: 
fdorliae@immaculata.edu
Education: 

Psy.D., M.A., M.A., B.S., B.A.

Biography: 
Dr. Francien Chenoweth Dorliae has a wealth of work experience in the field of psychology and academia. She has worked in most areas in the field of psychology, ranging from serving as a group home coordinator to owning a private practice.  While in college, Dr. Chenoweth Dorliae worked as a group home coordinator where her responsibilities included linking psychosocial resources and monitoring the activities of daily living (meal planning assistance, medication management, social skills) for three intellectually challenged females.
 
As she pursued her master's in counseling psychology and doctorate in clinical psychology, Dr. Chenoweth Dorliae worked as an intensive case manager for persons diagnosed primarily with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder at a community center in Philadelphia.  Given the high frequency of hospitalization for persons diagnosed with severe mental illness, Dr. Chenoweth Dorliae’s management of a caseload of at least 15-20 clients involved weekly meetings with her clients to assess their needs and brainstorm ways to address them.  A primary goal of her role as a case manager was to prevent clients from psychological decompensation and eventually inpatient mental health hospitalization.   After serving as a case manager  for a few years, she transitioned to the position of director of the partial day hospital.   As the director, Dr. Chenoweth Dorliae conducted morning community meetings on several topics (depression, anxiety, etc.) group therapy sessions, supervised at least six group therapists, and was responsible for the daily operation of the partial hospital.   To fulfill the diagnostic and practicum requirements of both the master's and doctoral programs, Dr. Chenoweth Dorliae worked at Girard Medical Center, another community mental health agency that addressed the psychological needs of culturally diverse clients in Philadelphia.  She provided therapy, case management services and diagnostic testing to children and adults.

Dr.  Chenoweth Dorliae completed her internship at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia.  She was assigned to the outpatient, involuntary/extended stay, and geriatric units and the crisis response center.  She honed her diagnostic and therapeutic skills, especially as it related to the geriatric population.  Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Dr. Chenoweth Dorliae was hired to work in the crisis response center.  Her primary responsibilities included conducting diagnostic interviews to determine diagnosis and level of care, justifying and requesting authorization from insurance companies in order for clients to receive appropriate therapeutic services and linking clients to other services when necessary.  Dr. Chenoweth Dorliae also worked at John F. Kennedy Medical Center's emergency room and crisis response center, primarily with the substance abuse/addiction population.

Before coming to Immaculata University, Dr. Chenoweth Dorliae, worked at an agency in South Jersey as a staff psychologist. She provided therapy and conducted psychological evaluations for children and adolescents who were in the foster care system. She was also responsible for  providing parenting training to foster parents as well as providing updates to the court system regarding the psychological functioning of her clients.

In addition to teaching at Immaculata, Dr. Chenoweth Dorliae owns a small group private practice where she provides various psychological services to children and adults. Services provided include conducting workshops at senior citizen homes and community centers in Philadelphia, supervision of doctoral students, and immigration evaluations.

Dr. Chenoweth Dorliae has accumulated a diverse range of work experiences in the field of psychology and education over the last 10 years.  She brings a unique perspective on clinical, teaching, research, and administrative experiences to her position at Immaculata. Her major areas of interest are: cross-cultural psychology, diversity/multicultural counseling, social psychology, trauma, aggression and humanistic psychology.  Currently Dr. Chenoweth Dorliae is working on a research project entitled "Correlates of Aggression, Traumatic Experiences and Life Satisfaction in College Students in Post-Conflict Liberia."
Courses Taught: 
Dr. Chenoweth Dorliae teaches the following courses in both the master's and doctoral programs:
  • Human Diversity
  • Diversity Counseling
  • Group Process
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • Family Counseling
  • Client Centered Theories and Technique
  • Social Psychology
  • Practicum Seminar
Presentations: 
Irani, F., McGrath, M. C., Dorliae, F., Calkins, M. E., & Gur, R. C. (2013, August). Group discrimination based on executive functioning performance in African Americans with schizophrenia. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
 
Dorliae, F. C., McGrath, M. C., Titze, K., & James, G. (2012, June)  Understanding immigrants’ psychological needs: Multiculturally competent assessment and service delivery. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
 
Dorliae, F. C., Lafferty, W., Lee, R., Cherubin, K., Emmanuel, A., Diaz, E., . Ahmed, F. (2011, June).
The experience of culturally diverse faculty teaching diversity courses in graduate psychology program at predominantly white universities. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
 
McGrath, M. C.; Dorliae, F. C.; Jenny, E.; & Guay, J. (2011, August). Experiences of ethnically diverse early career psychologists in U.S. postsecondary academic settings. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), Washington, D.C.

McGrath, M. C.; Jenny, E.; Dorliae, F. C.; & Guay, J. (2010, August). ECPs in academic settings: Characteristics, roles, and challenges. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (Division 1: Society for General Psychology), San Diego, CA.
 
Memon, F.; McGrath, M. C.; Dorliae, F. C.; & Guay, J. (2010, June). Perceived racial discrimination: Impact on executive functioning. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
 
Rabadi, C.; McGrath, M. C.; Jenny, E.; & Dorliae, F. C. (2010, June). Suicide prevention in schools: Culturally competent practice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
 
Dorliae, F. C. (2009, June). Depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, substance dependence, and culturally diverse clients. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
 
Dorliae, F. C.; Guay, J.; Jenny, E.; & McGrath, M. C. (2009, June). Early career psychologists in academia: Balancing roles, creating professional identities. Panel discussion presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
 
Smith, T. K.; & Dorliae, F. C. (2008, June). Racial identity and resiliency in Jamaicans. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.


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