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Services for At-Risk Youth & Families (SAYF) Research Laboratory

Department of Psychology

Services for At-Risk Youth & Families (SAYF) Research Laboratory

Welcome to the Services for At-Risk Youth & Families (SAYF) research laboratory at the University of Denver. The SAYF Lab conducts research that aims to understand and meet the needs of children and adolescents who are at high risk of developing mental health problems due to exposure to trauma or other forms of adversity.

The overarching goal of our work is to inform evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches that address the diverse needs of these youths and can be delivered in challenging real-world settings. We pay particular attention to the cultural, community, and systemic factors that impact the mental health of children as well as the delivery of services. Furthermore, we value community-based research conducted in partnership with the agencies and public service systems that are ultimately responsible for serving the mental health needs of vulnerable children and families. Please visit the following pages to learn more about our work.

Training Opportunities

Child Clinical Psychology PhD Program
I am planning to accept a graduate student to start in the fall of 2018. Click here for more information about the Child Clinical Psychology PhD Program at the University of Denver.

Research Training for Undergraduate Students
Please note that the SAYF lab has limited openings for new undergraduate research assistants (RA) and we are not likely to be seeking new RAs. You can email SAYF-Lab@du.edu to inquire about undergraduate research training opportunities or for more information. For a list of labs at DU that are currently seeking undergraduate research assistants, please visit https://www.du.edu/ahss/psychology/undergraduate/opportunities/research.html