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  • Name

    Shelly Smith-Acuña

    PhD, Loyola University of Chicago, 1989
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3880
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 211
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    Shelly Smith-Acuña is the Dean of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of Denver (DU), where she has served in this position since 2012. Dean Smith-Acuña has held several other positions at GSPP, and has been on the faculty for more than 25 years. Dean Smith-Acuña received her PhD in clinical psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and completed an internship at Northwestern Hospital. Her post-doctoral training was at the Family Institute at Northwestern University, a program that provides therapists-in-training for Evanston, Illinois, residents. This responsive community institute she helped create in 1989 is the basis for many of Dean Smith-Acuña’s innovations at GSPP.

    Taking this earlier concept a step further, Dean Smith-Acuña’s leadership focuses on responding to pressing psychological needs in the Denver community and across the state by expanding the accessibility and relevance of GSPP’s core educational and training programs for students, as well as affordable community-based clinics and responsive specialties to help meet a growing need for specialized psychologists.

    Dean Smith-Acuña’s vision has included expanding GSPP’s core programs and services for students to include five, externally-funded innovative specialty areas to help serve growing communities with the greatest need and the broadest public impact. This specialty focus not only assists individuals in diverse communities with their mental health needs, but it also ensures the next generation of psychologists can work directly with these populations to most effectively meet and care for them in culturally and linguistically competent ways.

    Dean Smith-Acuña also plays a significant leadership role on the DU campus by developing and implementing several University initiatives, including DU Impact 2025 (the University’s strategic plan), and creating and facilitating interdisciplinary efforts in addressing mental and behavioral health across campus and our city and state. She also holds several leadership positions at DU, including serving on the University’s Women’s Leadership Council and the Chancellors’ Diversity Advisory Council.

    Dean Smith-Acuña’s areas of research and teaching include couple and family therapy, with a particular emphasis on gender, culture and multigenerational issues. She is a published researcher and focuses on the application of psychological systems theory to improve the human condition in a variety of organizations and settings. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), including the Divisions of Society of Couple and Family Psychology, and Feminist Psychology – and a member of the National Councils of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) and the Colorado Psychological Association (CPA).

    Dean Smith-Acuña and her husband of live in Denver and have two adult children.

  • Apryl Alexander

    Apryl Alexander

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    PsyD, Florida Institute of Technology, 2012
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-6323
    Annex Building: Office 115


    Areas of Specialization

    Forensic assessment, interpersonal violence and childhood maltreatment, assessment and treatment of sex offenders, risk assessment, psychopathy, trauma-informed care in institutional settings

    Professional Activities

    Member of the American Psychological Association; Member of the American Psychology-Law Society (APLS); Teaching, Training, and Careers Committee member of the American Psychology-Law Society (APLS); Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
  • Mark Aoyagi

    Mark Aoyagi

    Director, Sport & Performance Psychology Program
    Associate Professor
    PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2006
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3882
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 123
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    Areas of Specialization

    sport 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 Areas

    expert approaches to sport psychology; models of sport psychology practice; best practices in sport psychology; team effectiveness; leadership; satisfaction; motivation; burnout; ethics

    Professional Activities

    American Psychological Association (APA); Association for Applied Sport Psychology; International Society of Sport Psychology
  • Tom Barrett

    Thomas Barrett

    Clinical Professor Emeritus
    PhD, West Virginia University, 1973
    [email protected]


    Areas of Specialization

    Dr. Barrett, Clinical Professor Emeritus, retired from the International Disaster Psychology program in 2016 and remains connected with GSPP as an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Barrett began teaching program evaluation in the doctoral program at GSPP in 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's publication areas include: measures for evaluating and improving mental health services, people with mental illnesses in jails and prisons, and developing evaluation instruments for mental health systems in low and middle income countries.

  • Jess Dale Bartley

    Jessica D. Bartley

    Director, Center for Performance Excellence
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    PsyD, University of Denver, 2012
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-6087
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 209


    Areas of Specialization

    sport and performance psychology, multicultural/diversity issues in sport, collegiate student-athletes, mental health and well-being of athletes, disordered eating and body image, substance use/abuse, gender-based violence (sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking), career and professional development, life transitions, mindfulness and meditation, third wave of cognitive behavioral therapies, supervision and training

    Professional Activities

    American Psychological Association (APA); APA Division 47 - Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology; Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP); International Society for Sport Psychology (ISSP); Certified Consultant - Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP); Member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Registry; Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker - State of Colorado
  • Peter Buirski

    Peter Buirski

    Dean Emeritus
    PhD, Adelphi University, 1969
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-2382
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 201
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    Areas of Specialization

    Psychoanalytic theories of personality and treatment

    Publication Areas

    Primate behavior; self psychology; intersubjective systems perspective

    Professional Activities

    Member, Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis; Editorial board, Psychoanalysis, Self and Context
  • Jenny Cornish

    Jenny Cornish

    Director of Clinical Training and Internship Consortium
    PhD, California School of Professional Psychology, 1982
    ABPP, Counseling Psychology, 2007
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-4737
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 206
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    Areas of Specialization

    Supervision, education and training; ethics; multiculturalism; integrated models of psychotherapy

    Publication Areas

    Supervision and training; ethics; multiculturalism

    Professional Activities

    CPA Ethics Committee; Associate Editor, Training and Education in Professional Psychology; APPIC Past-Chair
  • Terri M. Davis

    Terri M. Davis

    Director, PsyD Program
    Associate Professor
    PhD, The Ohio State University, 1995
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3346
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 213


    Areas of Specialization

    Leadership skills and graduate student professional development; academic program administration

    Publication Areas

    Multicultural supervision and training

    Professional Activities

    Lead Coordinator for the National Multicultural Conference and Summit 2017 Member; APA Society of Counseling Psychologists
  • Judith E. Fox

    Judith E. Fox

    Director, International Disaster Psychology Program
    Associate Professor
    PhD, University of Kansas, 1981
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3879
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 222


    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.

  • Brian Gearity

    Brian Gearity

    Director, Online MA in Sport Coaching
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    PhD, University of Tennessee, 2009
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-4027
    Annex Building: Office 126e
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    Areas of Specialization

    Coach education, learning, and development; psychological, sociological, and social theory applied to coaching; strength & conditioning; philosophy of science and qualitative research; service-learning and leadership

    Professional Activities

    Associate Editor-in-Chief of National Strength & Conditioning Association's Strength & Conditioning Journal; editorial board for Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health; consulting for coach and organizational learning; portfolio reviewer for National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education; ad hoc reviewer for: International Sport Coaching Journal; Sex Roles; Journal of Sport and Social Issues; Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy
  • Kim Gorgens

    Kim Gorgens

    Director of Continuing Education
    Clinical Professor
    PhD, Southern Illinois University, 1998
    ABPP Rehabilitation Psychology, 2011
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-4160
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 229
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    Areas of Specialization

    Board certified in rehabilitation psychology; clinical neuropsychology; health psychology; forensic psychology; Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); assessment; disability identity

    Publication Areas

    Neuropsychological assessment; concussion; TBI; domestic violence; internship training; burn survivors

    Professional Activities; TBI advocacy; APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology); APA council of representatives; service learning; Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging

  • W. Neil Gowensmith

    W. Neil Gowensmith

    Director, Denver FIRST
    Assistant Professor
    PhD, Colorado State University, 1999
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-4841
    Annex Building: Office 126a


    Areas of Specialization & Publication

    Forensic assessment (reliability, validity, quality, impact of ethnicity); public forensic mental health systems and programs policies for insanity acquittees

    Professional Activities

    Private 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
  • Rohini Gupta

    Rohini Gupta

    Director, Trauma & Disaster Recovery Clinic
    Co-Director, Colorado Resilience Collaborative
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    PsyD, University of Denver, 2013
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3426
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 204


    Rohini Gupta is a Clinical Psychologist. She is a core faculty member at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP), International Disaster Psychology Program (IDP). She is the Director of the Trauma & Disaster Recovery Clinic (TDRC), which is a training clinic that provides mental health services to those who have experienced adversity and trauma. She is also Co-Founded of the Colorado Resilience Collaborative, a community based initiative aimed at addressing Identity based violence due to radicalization and discrimination. Dr. Gupta teaches courses in trauma interventions and co-leads a seminar that focuses on professional development and the supervision of clinical cases from a trauma informed and cross cultural lens. In addition to her work at the University, Dr. Gupta owns and operates a private practice in the Denver Metro Area and is on the Board of the Womxn's March Denver.

    Areas of Specialization

    Trauma and trauma informed care; Vicarious trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue in the workplace; Work with ethnic/racial minority populations; Multicultural education; Diversity/inclusivity; grief and loss; community resilience work; and Clinical training and supervision.

    Professional Activities

    Education, training, consultation and supervision in clinical psychology; private practice; member, Colorado Psychological Association; member, American Psychological Association

  • Lynett Henderson Metzger

    Lynett Henderson Metzger

    Assistant Director of Forensic Studies
    Clinical Associate Professor
    PsyD, University of Denver, 2003
    JD, University of Denver, 1997
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-4684
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 234


    Areas of Specialization

    The intersection of law and mental health

    Publication Areas

    Domestic violence; sociocultural issues; student training

    Professional Activities

    Member, American Psychological Association (APA), Division 29; Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society); Assistant Editor, Psychotherapy Bulletin; American Bar Association; Colorado Psychological Association
  • Michael Karson

    Michael Karson

    PhD, University of Michigan, 1978
    JD, Western New England College, 2000
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3881
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 228
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    Areas of Specialization

    I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in 1978 and practiced psychology for 25 years before entering academia. While I was in full-time practice, I tried to do as many different things as possible. I conducted psychotherapies privately and also in a community clinic, doing short-term cognitive and systems work with individuals and couples, and open-ended psychoanalytic therapy with adults. Since I am at bottom a behaviorist, I have tried to integrate different theoretical approaches into a cohesive, if idiosyncratic, blend. I also have an industrial practice, largely through a computer program I wrote that interprets the 16PF to help organizations decide whom to hire or promote. (I have also co-authored a program that interprets the 16PF for clinicians.) My efforts at theory integration are represented by various chapters in my books. My work with the 16PF led to my writing (as first author) 16PF Interpretation in Clinical Practice, which has also been published in Spanish, German, and Croatian.

    I have worked in the child welfare system for three decades, consulting on 11,000 cases and individually evaluating 800 children and 1000 parents. This work led to my writing Patterns of Child Abuse: How Dysfunctional Transactions are Replicated in Individuals, Families, and the Child Welfare System. While in practice, I would testify in termination and custody trials fairly regularly. I thought the courtroom was so interesting that I went to law school in midlife. I was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts, but I have never practiced law except to consult with attorneys about examining and cross-examining mental health witnesses.

    Teaching graduate students my approach to early memories led to my writing Using Early Memories in Psychotherapy: Roadmaps to Presenting Problems and Treatment Impasses. I describe a step by step method for interpreting memories as allegories, indicating a pattern or schema for understanding the world, a pattern that is often outmoded in some manner that can produce idiosyncratic expectations and psychological symptoms. I advocate using the patient's vocabulary and imagery in therapy, rather than those of some theorist.

    I am interested in the way privilege, power and gender dynamics, and categorical approaches to people, constrain the vitality of the therapeutic relationship and hinder the discovery of the client and the client's world. I think that for a long time theater professionals have struggled with the same problems therapists encounter in the effort to create a lively space, to facilitate meaningful human narratives, and to engage and change people, so I wondered what we can learn from them. This question led to my book, Deadly Therapy: Lessons in Liveliness from Theater and Performance Theory.

    My integrative approach to theory has found a happy home at DU. My colleagues are genuinely interested in psychology and I find that our approach to multiculturalism and individual differences is itself multicultural, so that we don't all have to agree. I think it's exciting for students to hear so many different points of view, and I presented mine for several years in the form of sketch comedy, joined good-naturedly by my colleagues, Lavita Nadkarni and Fernand Lubuguin, and many students.

    Lavita and I published Principles of Forensic Report Writing in 2013 for APA books. My latest book, What Every Therapist Needs to Know, came out in August 2018. Lately, I've been writing mainly for my blog at

  • Brieanne Kohrt

    Brieanne K. Kohrt

    Assistant Professor
    PhD, The Catholic University of America, 2013
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-6195
    Annex Building: Office 102


    Areas of Specialization

    Global mental health, implementation and delivery of mental health services in low-resource settings, influence of internal migration and urbanization in Latin America on the family system and mental health, cultural adaptations of evidence-based treatments for Latinx populations, best practices for culturally and linguistically appropriate supervision and training of Spanish speaking students, suicidality and self-injurious behavior in Latinx youth

    Professional Activities

    Director of a Spanish for mental health immersion program in Peru (PASEO), Licensed psychologist (Georgia, active), Member of National Latinx Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37), International Psychology (Division 52), and Society of Child Clinical and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53)
  • Clayton Kuklick

    Clayton Kuklick

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    PhD, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2014
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-6089
    Annex Building: Office 126d


    Over the last two years, Clayton Kuklick has been a Teaching Assistant Professor of Athletic Coaching Education at West Virginia University (WVU) where he has taught a variety of coaching education courses in the masters and undergraduate coaching education program. Most recently at WVU, he was awarded "Teacher of Year" for being the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences' most outstanding teacher. Prior to WVU, Kuklick has embraced his educational experiences by having a Bachelor's in Elementary Education with an emphasis area in sports pedagogy from Kutztown University, a Master's of Education in Kinesiology: Human Performance from Georgia College and State University, and a PhD in Human Performance and Recreation: Administration and Teaching from the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Related to coaching, Kuklick has served as an assistant baseball coach at Shepherd University, Georgia College and State University, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Kutztown University. During these coaching stints, he has also had the opportunity to be a head coach of various collegiate baseball summer leagues across the country. Kuklick's previous coaching experiences at the collegiate level and educational experiences have channeled his teaching and research interests toward coaching development and improving athletic performance. His focus and passion is on developing innovative ways to help coaches enrich their current coaching approaches with the intent to enhance their athletes' performance on the field.

  • Fernand Lubuguin

    Fernand Lubuguin

    Director, Professional Psychology Clinic
    Director of Diversity & Multicultural Training, PsyD
    Clinical Associate Professor
    PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1993
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3988
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 5


    Areas of Specialization

    I received my PhD 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 for the PsyD clinical 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 Lesbian, Gay, 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 which examined acculturation. I was mentored by the late Peter G. Ossorio, PhD, 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. (For more information regarding Descriptive Psychology, please visit

    In 2005, I became a full-time faculty member when I was given the additional role of Clinical Director of the Professional Psychology Clinic, which is the on-site training clinic for the PsyD program. I am very privileged and fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to two distinctive characteristics of our PsyD 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 Martin

    Hale Martin

    Clinical Professor
    PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1993
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3878
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 105


    Areas of Specialization

    Personality, 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

    Publication Areas

    Psychological assessment including: Therapeutic Assessment, Rorschach Inkblot Method, MMPI-2 and masculinity-femininity
  • John McNeill

    John W. McNeill

    Associate Professor
    Coordinator, PsyD Field Placement
    PsyD, University of Denver, 1983
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3876
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 233


    Areas of Specialization

    Contextual behavior 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 Areas

    Contextual behavior therapy;  behavioral medicine; behavioral assessment

    Professional Activities

    Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, International; Rocky Mountain Association for Contextual Behavioral Science; Chung Tai Dharma Support Society, International; Appointed Member of the Community Relations Section of the Dharma Support Association of Chung Tai Zen Center, Sunnyvale, California; Part-time private practice; Consultation to sport programs
  • Laura Meyer

    Laura Meyer

    Clinical Associate Professor
    PhD, University of Denver, 2008
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3203
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 230
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    Areas of Specialization

    Dr. Meyer began working at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2007, while completing her doctoral degree in Quantitative Research Methods. Currently, she is a clinical associate professor who teaches courses in statistics, research methods, doctoral paper development, animal-assisted interventions, and animal abuse evaluation and treatment. In 2018, she obtained a grant to develop clinician competencies in animal abuse evaluation and treatment and to continue psychometric work on an animal abuse risk assessment measure. Dr. Meyer also has extensive experience conducting program evaluations and needs assessments, such as the Colorado Department of Human Services' Brain Injury and Criminal Justice Outcomes Evaluation. She has presented her work at international, national, and regional conferences, including those sponsored by the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Law Society, the American Evaluation Association, and the International Congress of Equine Facilitated Programmes.
  • Gwen Vogel

    Gwen Vogel Mitchell

    Assistant Professor
    Director of Field Placement, MAIDP
    PsyD, University of Denver, 2005
    [email protected] 
    Office Phone: 303-871-3510
    Annex Building: Office 109


    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 ( 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.

  • Lavita Nadkarni

    Lavita Nadkarni

    Associate Dean
    Director, Forensic Studies
    PhD, Adelphi University, 1995
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3877
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 224


    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 30 years, primarily providing clinical services (therapy, forensic assessment, expert testimony) and training. Dr. Nadkarni is the Associate Dean and 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, entitlement, graduate clinical and forensic 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 the journal, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

    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 Health Right International for decades.

    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 has been supervising doctoral students in providing forensic evaluation services through our Professional Psychology Clinic and our Denver Forensic Institute for Research, Service and Training since 1999.

    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, most recently as President of NCSPP. She is also active in Division 29, serving as the Domain Representative for the Public Interest and Social Justice Domain.

    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, d) provide psychoeducational training to probation officers, e) providing services to clients who have multiple legal, mental health, and substance abuse issues; f) providing vicarious trauma workshops for fire and life safety educators; and g) developing competency guidelines for forensic animal maltreatment evaluations.

  • Hetty Pazos

    Henrietta (Hetty) Pazos

    Director, Latinx Psychology Specialty
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    PsyD, University of Denver, 1999
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3084
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 107


    Areas of Specialization

    Bilingual/Bicultural psychologist, Latinx Psychology; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) assessment, interventions and consultation; Learning Disabilities Assessment; Child, Adolescent, Adult psychotherapy, immigration mental health and acculturation, international student exchange learning and School Psychology

    Publication Areas

    Breaking down barriers to mental health for the Latinx community through use of Media; Co-Author Chapter in textbook, "Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Competencies;" on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Assessment; Acculturation Measure for Children in Youth in Chile (in progress)

    Professional Activities

    American Psychological Association (APA); National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA). Zero to Three , Association for Contextual Behavior Science. Board Member Advocacy Denver. Immigrant Mental Health and Acculturation presentation in Universidad del Desarrollo Symposium (Santiago & Concecpion, Chile) presenter at National Latinx Psychology Conferences on eliminating disparities in mental health for Latinx populations, facilitator and panelists on various community topics including Latinx Mental Health and Infant and Early Childhood and Latinx Mental health, presenter for Colorado Association of Bilingual Educators- CLD Social-Emotional Best Practices; Guest on Spanish Radio Show EDUCA on Mental Health in partnership with Denver Public Schools and Multicultural Language and Outreach Services
  • Artur Poczwardowski

    Artur Poczwardowski

    Director of Field Placement, MASPP
    PhD, University of Utah, 1997
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-2809
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 225
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    Areas of Specialization

    Sport/performance psychology practice; curriculum development and teaching in sport/performance psychology; interpersonal relationships in sport/performance; psychological skills training; knowledge generation and application

    Publication Areas

    Models 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
  • Jamie Shapiro

    Jamie Shapiro

    Assistant Director, Sport & Performance Psychology Program
    Associate Professor
    PhD, West Virginia University, 2009
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3583
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 221
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    Areas of Specialization

    Sport 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 Activities

    Member, 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 Storaasli

    Ragnar Storaasli

    Clinical Associate Professor
    PhD, University of Denver, 1991
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3866
    Annex Building: Office 101


    Areas of Specialization

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); applied behavior analysis; behavior therapy; philosophy of science; cultivation of compassion and critical thinking

    Publication Areas

    Behavior therapy; behavioral medicine; marital and family psychology; diversity and theoretical issues; student interests
  • Nicole Taylor

    Nicole E. Taylor

    Clinical Associate Professor
    PhD, University of Maryland, 2008
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-6062
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 227


    Dr. Nicole Taylor is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at University of Denver. Dr. 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, especially in medical settings.

    Dr. Taylor received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland. She completed her clinical internship at the Towson University Counseling Center and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center. Dr. Taylor has worked as a Clinical Health Psychologist in both inpatient and outpatient settings, has led the psychosocial oncology team at Good Samaritan Medical Center, and worked as a psychological consultant to the Labor and Delivery, Antepartum, Postpartum, and NICU departments at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center. She has a broad range of interests in psychosocial oncology, health psychology, supervision and training, gender and sexuality, consultation, and social justice.

    Dr. Taylor has been a faculty member at GSPP since 2012 and teaches classes on psychosocial oncology, health psychology, consultation, and qualitative research methods.

    Dr. Taylor has presented nationally and internationally on issues of training and supervision in psychosocial oncology. She is actively involved in research on training and career development of psychosocial oncologists.

  • Jennifer Tippett

    Jennifer Tippett

    Director, Substance Use Disorder Specialty
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    PsyD, University of Denver, 2013
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-7925
    Annex Building: Office 133


    Dr. Jennifer Tippett is a Licensed Clinical Forensic Psychologist. She worked in the field of addiction and severe mental illness throughout the Denver area for several years while obtaining her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology, before completing an APA-accredited internship at New York University- Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. During that time, Dr. Tippett had the opportunity to receive training in the Harm Reduction model of addiction as well as several other treatment models.

    Following her internship, Dr. Tippett moved on to a fellowship in Massachusetts conducting risk and clinical assessments of sexual offenders. Since that time, Dr. Tippett has worked in multiple settings with individuals experiencing forensically related issues in community mental health, inpatient state hospital, and incarceration settings, among others. These issues included sexually problematic behavior, addiction, and severe mental illness. Presently, she remains a consulting psychologist at Seasons of Malibu, a nationally renowned substance abuse treatment center, specializing in evidenced-based approaches to treatment.

    As the director of the Substance Use Disorder specialty program, Dr. Tippett is passionate about training graduate students to be responsible and informed providers. Her current research interests include the economic impact of opioid use, using therapeutic assessment to inform addiction treatment, and examining addiction from an attachment perspective. She has a special interest in harm reduction as it relates to practice and public policy.

  • Tracy Moran Vozar

    Tracy Moran Vozar

    Director, Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialty
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    PhD, University of Iowa, 2008
    [email protected]
    Office Phone: 303-871-3736
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 208

    Areas of Specialization

    Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health; Perinatal Mental Health; relationship-based approaches to assessment and treatment; mindfulness-based interventions; interpersonal psychotherapy, parenting self-efficacy; relationship-based family and staff support in the NICU

    Publication Areas

    Measure validation in infant and perinatal mental health; parenting self-efficacy; cultural and contextual considerations in applications of mental health treatment approaches; social and emotional development in infancy; psychosocial predictors of pediatric healthcare use

    Professional Activities

    World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH); Zero to Three (ZTT); Postpartum Support International (PSI); Colorado Psychological Association