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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Denver FIRST

When You Think Forensic Psychology, Think Denver FIRST

The MA Forensic Psychology program and GSPP are excited to announce the launch of our new forensic psychology institute: The Denver Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training (or Denver FIRST)! The institute serves as a regional hub for all things forensic and a recognized go-to site for expertise in forensic mental health. Current projects and partnerships involve incarcerated adults, child welfare cases, juveniles on probation, recently-released adult offenders, offenders with neuropsychological deficits, and persons facing competency issues in a variety of court settings.

Each member of our distinguished MAFP faculty serves as a core member of the institute, and we have also invited several noted DU faculty and community forensic leaders to serve in various affiliated roles. Dr. Neil Gowensmith, MAFP core faculty, brings his experience in research, grants management, forensic administration, academia and clinical practice to serve as the director of the institute.

Denver FIRST offers a constellation of services through 3 central areas:


We provide program evaluation for local and regional programs, conduct high-quality original research across many forensic topic areas, and obtain and lead local and national grant-funded opportunities.


We provide low-cost, high-quality clinical services to underserved forensic populations and act as a test site for innovative programs and practices in forensic mental health. These services include both therapy and assessment, and are supervised largely by Denver FIRST faculty.


We consult with agencies involved with forensic mental health service, and lead engaging workshops, trainings and presentations on a host of forensic topics to mental health, legal, correctional, and law enforcement audiences.

If you would like to be part of this exciting venture, please be in touch. Opportunities exist in all three arms of the institute, but we are especially interested in service opportunities, grant partners, and in building affiliations with excellent professionals in the community!

Contact us at 303.871.7910 or for more information.