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People of Project STAR

Principal Investigator

  • Wyndol Furman, Ph.D. Wyndol Furman, Ph.D.

    John Evans Professor & Director of Clinical Training
    Department of Psychology

    Phone: 303-871-3688
    Fax: 303-871-4747
    Email: wfurman@nova.psy.du.edu

    Background

    Dr. Wyndol Furman did his undergraduate work at Duke University, where he was originally a mathematics major and then a philosophy major. He became interested in clinical psychology after working in the summers in the South Carolina State Psychiatric Hospital. He received a masters degree in clinical child psychology from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. As a result of working fulltime in two treatment centers for autistic and severely retarded children, he became convinced of the great need for research on child and adolescent psychopathology and its treatment. He transferred to the University of Minnesota where he got his Ph.D. in clinical child psychology in 1978. For his dissertation, he developed and evaluated a treatment program for socially withdrawn children...[Read More]

Staff

  • Cecilia Richey photo Cecilia Richey

    Lab Manager and Data Analyst

    Office: Frontier Hall, 254
    Phone: (303) 871-3806
    Fax: (303) 871-4747
    Email: cecilia.richey@du.edu

    Background

    Cecilia graduated from the University of North Carolina with a double major in psychology and math. She moved back to Denver after graduation and began working at Project STAR in August 2008
  • Kaitlin Nesbitt Kaitlin Nesbitt

    Research Coordinator

    Email: Kaitlin.Nesbitt@du.edu

    Background

    Kaitlin graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a minor in Linguistics. After moving to Denver in search of adventure, Kaitlin discovered Project STAR and jumped at the opportunity to get involved. Her interests include Socioeconomics, Social Normative theories, and Language Acquisition. She loves to joke around, cook, and watch a lot of Netflix.

Graduate Students

  • Jamie Novak Jamie Novak

    Graduate Student

    Email: Jamie.Novak@du.edu

    Background

    Jamie has been a graduate student in the Child Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at DU since 2013. Her primary research interests explore risk and resiliency across the lifespan, particularly during adolescence. She is currently working on a project about adolescent dating aggression. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology. While at the University of Pittsburgh, she worked at the Pitt Parents and Children Laboratory where she cultivated an interest in social development. 

    Jamie is a western Pennsylvania native and loves Pittsburgh sports teams, the outdoors, and baking.

  • Ann Spilker Ann Spilker

    Graduate Student

    Email: Ann.Spilker@du.edu

    Background

    Ann has been a graduate student at the University of Denver since 2012. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a B.A. in art history and psychology. After graduation, she was a research coordinator for the Kid’s Lives, Families, and Friends Project (KLIFF) at the University of Virginia, where her interest in adolescent romantic relationships began.

    Ann grew up in Naples, Florida. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, yoga, and traveling.

  • Rachel Lynn Miller Rachel Lynn Miller

    Graduate Student

    Email: Rachel.l.Miller@du.edu

    Background

    Position: Rachel has been a Graduate Student in the Child Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Denver since 2011.

    Research Interests: Adolescent and young adult romantic relationships, infidelity, birth control use in adolescent and young adult romantic relationships. Providing models for healthy adolescent and young-adult romantic relationships.

    Master’s Project:  Assessing changes in the trajectories of adolescent development based on romantic relationship events.

    Education: B.A. from Carleton College in 2001, Romance Languages. B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver, in 2010

    Personal: Rachel loves to ski, bake, do yoga and run with her dogs. She has studied and worked around the world and is interested in integrating her love of languages and cultures with her understanding of how relationships function in different cultural contexts.

  • Charlene Collibree Charlene Collibree

    Graduate Student

    Email: charlene.collibee@gmail.com

    Background

    Charlene has been a Graduate student in the Child Clinical Ph.D. program at the University of Denver since 2010. She attended Reed College for two years before transferring to the University of Connecticut. She received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut with a major in psychology. Her Master’s Project focuses on the impact of sexual victimization on subsequent romantic experiences.


    Charlene grew up in small-town Connecticut. She loves reading, stand-up comedy, documentaries, drive-in theaters, and geeky television shows. Since moving to Colorado, she has enjoyed learning how to rock-climb and snowboard.

  • Claire Stephenson Jamie Novak

    Graduate Student

    Email: j.claire.stephenson@gmail.com

    Background

    Claire has been a graduate student in the Child Clinical Ph.D. program at the University of Denver since 2008. Her primary research interest is attachment in adolescent parent, peer, and romantic relationships. Her Master’s project is titled "Longitudinal Links Between Representations and Changes in Support in Parent-Adolescent Relationships." Claire's clinical interests include children and adolescents, anxiety, trauma, and couples therapy. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA.

    Claire grew up in Virginia and worked on the Kid’s Lives, Families, and Friends (KLIFF) at the University of Virginia before starting graduate school. In her spare time Claire enjoys biking, playing with her dogs, snowboarding, and watching movies.