PhD, Loyola University of Chicago, 1989
Office Phone: 303-871-3880
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 211
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. SMITH-ACUNA
Areas of Specializationfamily systems theory; integration of community, family and individual interventions; psychotherapy process and outcome research; couples therapy; issue of culture and gender in family therapy
Publication Areasgifted children; process of psychotherapy with children
Mark AoyagiDirector, Sport & Performance Psychology Program
PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2006
Office Phone: 303-871-3882
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 123
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. AOYAGI
Areas of Specializationsport and performance psychology;multicultural and diversity issues; team effectiveness; training and ethics in sport psychology; individual growth, development, and fulfillment through sport; sport as a mechanism for social change
Publication Areasexpert approaches to sport psychology; models of sport psychology practice; best practices in sport psychology; team effectiveness; leadership; satisfaction; motivation; burnout; ethics
Professional ActivitiesAmerican Psychological Association (APA); Association for Applied Sport Psychology; International Society of Sport Psychology
Tom BarrettClinical Professor
PhD, West Virginia University, 1973
Office Phone: 303-871-4803
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 121
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. BARRETT
Areas of SpecializationDr. Tom Barrett received his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from West Virginia University. Dr. Barrett taught international disaster psychology at the University of Zagreb in Croatia as a Fulbright professor in the spring of 2011. He also received a scholarship to complete Senior Government Executive Training at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in June of 2002.
Dr. Barrett is a full clinical professor in the International Disaster Psychology Program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of Denver. He has taught program evaluation in the doctoral program in GSPP since 1980. Previously, he was senior medical officer and consultant for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department in the World Health Organization. Between 1994 and 2004 he was the mental health director for the state of Colorado. He is also past president of the National Association of State Mental Health Directors.
Dr. Barrett has authored or co-authored many journal articles and made keynote addresses at many national and international professional conferences. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America in Colorado. Dr. Barrett has a strong mental health evaluation background and his current work focuses on evaluating and improving mental health systems in the United States and in low and middle income countries around the world.
Peter BuirskiDean Emeritus
PhD, Adelphi University, 1969
Office Phone: 303-871-2382
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 201
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. BUIRSKI
Areas of Specializationpsychoanalytic theories of personality and treatment
Publication Areasprimate behavior; self psychology; intersubjective systems perspective
Professional ActivitiesMember, Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis; Editorial board, International Journal for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
Jenny CornishDirector of Clinical Training and Internship Consortium
PhD, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, 1982
ABPP, Counseling Psychology, 2007
Associate ProfessorOffice Phone: 303-871-4737
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 206
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. CORNISH
Areas of Specializationsupervision, education and training; ethics; multiculturalism; integrated models of psychotherapy
Supervision and training; ethics; group supervision; multiculturalism
Professional ActivitiesAPPIC Chair-Elect; CPA Ethics Committee; Associate Editor, Training and Education in Professional Psychology
Terri M. DavisDirector, PsyD Program
PhD, The Ohio State University, 1995
Office Phone: 303-871-3346
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 213
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. DAVIS
Areas of Specializationleadership skills development; academic program assessment; social justice
Publication Areassuicide assessment and crisis intervention; multicultural supervision and training; therapist self-care
Professional ActivitiesAmerican Psychological Association (APA) Fundraising and Keynotes Coordinator for the National Multicultural Conference and Summit 2015; Member, APA Society of Counseling Psychologists
Judith E. FoxDirector, International Disaster Psychology Program
PhD, University of Kansas, 1981
Office Phone: 303-871-3879
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 222
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. FOX
Areas of Specialization
Dr. Judith Fox has been involved in University teaching and practice of psychotherapy with children, adolescents and families throughout her career. She has practiced and supervised mental health professionals in training in community, hospital inpatient and emergency room, and private practice settings. Taking an integrative theoretical approach, Dr. Fox has significant expertise working with many clinical populations including those affected by trauma.
Dr. Fox has presented globally on many subject areas including the discipline of international disaster psychology, attachment theory, trauma and peace building, therapist vicarious-trauma and post-traumatic growth, and postpartum depression. Her publications include articles, chapters & books related to mental health stigma and psychotherapy, attachment theory & trauma, psychotherapeutic technique, international disaster psychology training, developing international internship partnerships, stress and coping in childhood, and health psychology.
Dr. Fox works internationally in such contexts as Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Belize, Ghana, China and India determining ways in which our graduate students may facilitate agency goals through their involvement as international summer interns. Prior to directing the MAIDP Program, she was Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where she directed the Adult Outpatient Psychological Services at National Jewish Hospital, worked with veterans affected by HIV and AIDS, and taught residents and interns as an attending on the psychiatric inpatient service at Denver V. A. Medical Center. She has been a consultant to Head Start and currently collaborates with the State of Colorado Office of Refugee Resettlement's Refugee Wellness Center providing psycho-educational support groups to newly arriving refugees. Further, she has developed and directs the Trauma and Disaster Recovery Clinic at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology; a clinic providing outreach and in-house mental health services to those affected by trauma and disaster.
Kim GorgensDirector of Continuing Education
Clinical Associate Professor
PhD, Southern Illinois University, 1998
ABPP Rehabilitation Psychology, 2011
Office Phone: 303-871-4160
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 229
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. GORGENS
Areas of Specializationboard certified in rehabilitation psychology; clinical neuropsychology; health psychology; Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); disability; size diversity
Publication Areasinternship training; neuropsychological assessment; burn survivors; TBI
TED.com; TBI advocacy and leadership; APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) governance; conference planning; service learning
W. Neil GowensmithClinical Assistant Professor
PhD, Colorado State University, 1999
Office Phone: 303-871-4841
Annex Building: Office 126a
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. GOWENSMITH
Areas of Specialization & Publicationforensic assessment (reliability, validity, quality, impact of ethnicity); public forensic mental health systems and programs policies for insanity acquittees
Professional ActivitiesPrivate forensic assessments for the criminal court; Competency to Stand Trial evaluations; Development of alternative programs and systems for forensic mental health populations; Representation on legislative committees related to forensic mental health populations; Member, APA Division 41 (Forensic Division); Member, American Psychology-Law Society Dissertation Review Committee; Member, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Forensic Division
Lynett Henderson MetzgerClinical Assistant Professor
PsyD, University of Denver, 2003
JD, University of Denver, 1997
Office Phone: 303-871-4684
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 234
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. HENDERSON METZGER
Areas of Specializationthe intersection of law and mental health
Publication Areasdomestic violence; sociocultural issues; student training
Professional ActivitiesMember, American Psychological Association (APA), Division 29; Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society); Assistant Editor, Psychotherapy Bulletin; American Bar Association; Colorado Psychological Association
PhD, University of Michigan, 1978
JD, Western New England College, 2000
Office Phone: 303-871-3881
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 228
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. KARSON
Areas of Specializationpsychotherapy; assessment; child abuse
Publication Areasearly memories; report writing; child abuse; psychotherapy
Further ReadingVisit Michael's blog, "Feeling our Way"
Lisa LaDue, LCSWLecturer, MAIDP
MSW, University of Iowa, 1975
Office Phone: 303-871-3084
Annex Building: Office 126d
LEARN MORE ABOUT LISA LADUE, LCSW
Areas of Specializationindividuals, families and groups affected by trauma and disasters; somatic psychotherapy; multicultural and international interventions; mass fatalities planning and response; individual and community resilience
Publication Areasbehavioral health response to terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; family Assistance Services following mass fatalities incidents
Professional ActivitiesNational Association of Social Workers; Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute; Larimer County Long-term Recovery Group, Executive Committee; Victim Information Center Team (VICT), Disaster Mortuary Response Team (DMORT), National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Fernand LubuguinDirector, Professional Psychology Clinic
Director of Diversity & Multicultural Training, PsyD
Clinical Associate Professor
PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1993
Office Phone: 303-871-3988
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 5
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. LUBUGUIN
Areas of Specialization
I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993. For the subsequent seven years, I was a full-time staff psychologist at Kaiser Permanente (which is a national health maintenance organization) where I practiced psychology in a variety of roles and settings with a broad range of clients. In the outpatient clinic, I provided primarily short-term psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and elderly clients in individual, couples, and family therapy modalities. I also taught classes in anger management and couples communication skills, and provided clinical supervision to practicum students and pre-doctoral interns. In the inpatient psychiatric hospital, I treated adults as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team. Lastly, in the medical hospital, I provided psychiatric consultative services to physicians. Working in this wide range of roles and settings provided me with the invaluable opportunity to become a well-rounded psychologist.
In 2000, I became an adjunct faculty member at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology where I co-led the Multicultural Psychology professional seminar. The following year, I became a half-time core faculty member with the role of Director of Diversity and Multicultural Training for the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) training program. In this role, I contribute to the training of culturally competent psychologists by teaching two of the four-course year-long required classes in multicultural psychology – namely, Racial/Ethnic Identity Development and Culturally Competent Psychotherapy. The other two courses in this sequence are the Social Psychology of Racism and Oppression, and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues.
As an immigrant from the Philippines, multiculturalism and diversity have great personal meaning and implications. My commitment to studying and advancing diversity began during my undergraduate training at the University of California at Berkeley, where I wrote my senior-year honors thesis about a multicultural topic. During my graduate training, my research remained focused on multicultural issues and culminated with my dissertation on acculturation. I was mentored by the late Peter G. Ossorio, Ph.D., who trained me in the intellectual discipline of Descriptive Psychology, which is a systematic, existential, and reality oriented conceptual system that guides all of my clinical and academic endeavors.
In 2005, I became a full-time faculty member when I was given the additional role of Director of the Professional Psychology Clinic, which is the on-site training clinic for the Psy.D. program. I am very privileged and fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to two distinctive characteristics of our Psy.D. program – specifically, the four-course year-long multicultural psychology training, and the on-site training clinic. I am very grateful to have found my professional niche; as I work in an innovative and creative academic setting, as I have exceptionally competent colleagues, as I train outstanding students who are quite eager to learn, and as I have roles that promote my passions of teaching and training in ways that incorporate advancing diversity and inclusiveness, and promoting clinical competence.
Hale MartinClinical Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1993
Office Phone: 303-871-3878
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 105
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. MARTIN
Areas of Specializationpersonality, cognitive, and neuropsychological assessment (particularly in the context of therapeutic assessment, which strives to maximize the therapeutic impact an assessment can have on the client); intersubjective/self-psychology, cognitive-behavioral, and systems; approaches to treatment; masculinity-femininity; personality disorders; couples therapy; Spanish speaking populations
Publication Areaspsychological assessment including: therapeutic assessment, Rorschach Inkblot Method, MMPI-2, assessment in the managed care environment; masculinity-femininity
John W. McNeillAssociate Professor
PsyD, University of Denver, 1983
Office Phone: 303-871-3876
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 233
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. MCNEILL
Areas of Specializationbehavior analytic theory and practice, including the use of mindfulness and acceptance, dialectics, behavioral activation, and exposure-based approaches to intervention; philosophy of science, with special interest in Jamesian process-thinking, and Daoist/Buddhist subfields of Chinese Philosophy; sport and performance psychology
Publication Areasbehavior therapy; behavioral medicine; behavioral assessment
Professional ActivitiesAssociation for Contextual Behavioral Science; Chuang Tai Zen Support Group of Denver; Daoist Studies Organization for Chinese Americans; Part-time private practice; Consultation to sport programs and athletes
Laura MeyerClinical Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Denver, 2008
Office Phone: 303-871-3203
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 230
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. MEYER
Areas of Specializationresearch and statistics; program evaluation; the study of human-animal interactions/bonding
Publication Areaspain; assistive technology; autism
Professional ActivitiesIRB member
Lavita NadkarniAssociate Dean
Director, Forensic Psychology Program
PhD, Adelphi University, 1995
Office Phone: 303-871-3877
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 224
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. NADKARNI
Areas of Specialization
Dr. Lavita Nadkarni has a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University. She has been working with forensic populations and law enforcement personnel for over 20 years, primarily providing clinical services (therapy, forensic assessment, expert testimony) and training. Dr. Nadkarni is the Director of Forensic Studies at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and is responsible for providing supervision and training to graduate students in their clinical work with clients who have involvement with the civil, criminal or family legal systems.
Her research interests lie in the area of interpersonal violence and trauma, adolescent truancy, entitlement, clinical training, and diversity issues within psychology. In addition to publications in these areas, Dr. Nadkarni is a textbook, manuscript, and proposal reviewer and Associate Editor of Psychotherapy Bulletin.
Dr. Nadkarni believes in reaching out to diverse external communities, routinely providing pro bono or low cost services to individuals and agencies. She has been a Human Rights clinic volunteer for Doctors of the World for over five years.
Dr. Nadkarni’s forensic experience has included working at NYU‐Bellevue Hospital’s inpatient forensic unit and the Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, and as a court appointed child and family forensic evaluator. She has continued her work conducting competency evaluations as well as other criminal and civil forensic assessments, and has also been instrumental in training judicial and social service personnel on the use of psychological evaluations and the effect interpersonal violence has on family legal disputes.
Dr. Nadkarni is an active member of the American Psychology‐Law Society and the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology and has held leadership positions within these organizations.
As providing enriching training experiences is part of Dr. Nadkarni’s mission at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, she has actively sought and received grants which have allowed students to a) conduct assessments, examining the percentage of mentally ill in corrections and validating a screening tool, b) conduct assessments on adult offenders using the SCID, c) conduct research on the MAYSI‐2, and d) provide psychoeducational training to probation officers.
Artur PoczwardowskiDirector of Field Placement, MASPP
PhD, University of Utah, 1997
Office Phone: 303-871-2809
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 209
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. POCZWARDOWSKI
Areas of Specializationsport/performance psychology practice; curriculum development and teaching in sport/performance psychology; interpersonal relationships in sport/performance; psychological skills training; knowledge generation and application
Publication Areasmodels in sport psychology service delivery; professional philosophy in sport psychology consulting; coach-athlete relationships; coping strategies in elite performers in sports and arts; methodology in sport and exercise psychology
Steve PortengaClinical Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2004
Office Phone: 303-871-4027
Annex Building: Office 126e
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. PORTENGA
Areas of Specialization & Publicationthe psychology of elite performance; neuroscience and performance; the intersection of leadership (coaches and peer) and team development; the psychology of injury; the ethical practice and training of performance psychologists; the theoretical foundations of human performance
Professional ActivitiesUSA Track & Field; American Psychological Association; Association for Applied Sport Psychology; International Society of Sport Psychology; American College of Sports Medicine
Jamie ShapiroAssistant Professor
PhD, West Virginia University, 2009
Office Phone: 303-871-3583
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 221
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. SHAPIRO
Areas of Specializationsport and performance psychology; exercise psychology; psychology of sport injury; psychological skills training; counseling athletes; learning life skills through sport; ethics and training in sport and exercise psychology
Professional ActivitiesMember, Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP); Member, American Psychological Association (APA); Certified Consultant of AASP (CC-AASP); National Certified Counselor (NCC); Professional member of USA Gymnastics
Ragnar StoraasliClinical Associate Professor
PhD, University of Denver, 1991
Office Phone: 303-871-3866
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 232
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. STORAASLI
Areas of SpecializationAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); applied behavior analysis; behavior therapy; philosophy of science; cultivation of compassion and critical thinking
Publication Areasbehavior therapy; behavioral medicine; marital and family psychology; diversity and theoretical issues; student interests
Nicole TaylorClinical Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Maryland-College Park
Office Phone: 303-871-6062
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 107
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. TAYLOR
Areas of SpecializationDr. Nicole Taylor has been involved in the supervision and training of students at the undergraduate, graduate, internship, and post-doctoral level. She has worked in counseling centers, hospitals, and academic institutions and is passionate about improving the clinical training and supervision of students at all levels. In addition to her work here at GSPP, she also works as a Psychologist with the Obstetrics and Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center.
Director of Field Placement, MAIDP
PsyD, University of Denver, 2005
Office Phone: 303-871-3510
Ammi Hyde Building: Office 106
LEARN MORE ABOUT DR. VOGEL
Areas of Specialization
Dr. Gwen Vogel received her Psy.D. from the University of Denver in 2005 and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Colorado. She is co-founder of and Director of International and Clinical Services for SalusWorld, an International NGO focused on healing the invisible scars of trauma worldwide (www.salusworld.org). She also maintains a private practice and conducts psychological evaluations for asylum seekers, T and U Visas for local immigration attorneys and HealthRight international.
Dr. Vogel has worked for many years as a trainer, consultant, and program developer for humanitarian organizations including Doctors without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontiers, the Center for Victims of Torture and the Open Society Foundation in various locations including Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Jordan, Myanmar, Thailand and Bosnia. She also provided support for a global evaluation of UNHCR's mental health and psychosocial support for humanitarian staff and was a member of a UNICEF technical work group focused on child protection inside Myanmar. She played a part in the development of a mental health policy for the country of Liberia and has developed programming for marginalized groups including People Living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ communities, former political prisoners and torture survivors.
Dr. Vogel has presented at conferences domestically and internationally and co-authored various publications in the areas of: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in refugees and IDPs, Post Traumatic Growth (PTG), counseling applications with people of African ancestry, the impact of war on civilians, therapeutic photography, re-entry trauma and the experience of working as a psychologist internationally.
In the U.S. she has provided crisis intervention, psychological evaluations, and risk assessments in emergency rooms and correctional facilities and facilitated individual and group therapy for adult survivors of trauma and professionals in distress. She has also provided expert testimony in the areas of immigration, PTSD, child abuse, criminal mitigation, fitness to practice and sex offense specific.
Dr. Vogel has particular interest in staff welfare, capacity building of local NGOs and refugee and military trauma. In addition to working in the humanitarian arena, Dr. Vogel is responsible for providing short-term, non-medical counseling to US military service members and their families. In this role she offers on and off site support, therapy and consultation through the service member's cycle of deployment Included in these referrals are assessments for PTSD, depression, adjustment problems, traumatic head injuries and other neuropsychological issues. Most recently she has served as a staff psychologist at the University of Colorado in Denver, conducting psychological evaluations in their Emergency Department. She teaches Crisis Intervention and Preparation for International Internship at GSPP and is the Field Placement Director for the International Disaster Psychology M.A. program.