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Graduate School of Professional Psychology


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  • Katy Barrs

    Katy Barrs, PsyD

    Clinic Director, Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology
    Office Phone: 303-871-4930
    Annex Building: Office 105

    Learn more about Katy

    Dr. Katy Barrs completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2007. She recently returned to the University of Denver as the Clinic Director of the Sturm Center. Dr. Barrs has worked with Veterans, Service members and their families at the Minneapolis V.A. Medical Center, the Boston V.A. Healthcare System, and most recently the Denver Vet Center where she served in the role of Military Sexual Trauma Treatment Coordinator. Dr. Barrs oversees the Sturm Center, provides clinical education to multiple students within the clinic, and provides licensed community clinicians with education and consulting about these populations. She has been featured in the documentary Acronym, a timely expose about the nature of PTSD from combat. Dr. Barrs is also the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association's Society for Military Psychology (Division 19) Arthur W. Melton Early Achievement Award. She feels honored to give back to those who have served our country.

    You would see Katy for:

    Anything related to military/veteran psychology, the Sturm Specialty in Military psychology program, psychotherapy for trauma and/or psychological assessment (specifically personality assessment)

  • Rachel Caskey

    Rachel Caskey, MA

    Director of Academic Services
    Office Phone: 303-871-3873
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 104

    Learn more about Rachel

    Born and raised in Northeastern Ohio, Rachel attended Kent State University where she double-majored in Psychology and Sociology. She re-located to Colorado eleven years ago and lives in the mountains with her husband and two "children": an albino husky named Cane and a border collie/cattle dog mix named Cosmo. In her spare time, you can find Rachel helping with her husband's food truck, Farm to Truck, seeing live music, reading, traveling, exploring Colorado, exercising, and outdoors (hiking, biking, camping, yoga, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and gardening).

    Professionally, she has worked in higher education for nine years with experience in Student and Faculty Services, Admissions, and the Registrar's Office. Rachel recently obtained a Masters of Art degree in Professional Communication with a specialty focus in Organizational and Professional Development from the University of Denver.

    You would see Rachel for:

    course scheduling; room reservations; faculty/adjunct support (classroom technology/AV support, classroom supplies, academic deadlines, syllabi, HR support); seminar sign-up; Graduate Bulletin

  • Renee Colburn

    Renee Colburn

    Business & Operations Manager
    Office Phone: 303-871-3875
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 208

    Learn more about Renee

    Born and raised in southeastern Oklahoma, Renee completed her undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma where she majored in Business Administration and minored in Management. She relocated to Sterling, Colorado in 1997 and then onto Denver in 2012. Renee has enjoyed working in higher education for the past 5 years with experience in Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence, Campus Safety and Parking Services.

    Away from work Renee enjoys traveling, hiking, river floating, golfing, biking, skiing, spending time with friends and family, walking, reading, watching fastpitch softball, and most anything outdoors.

    You would see Renee for:

    Business and Operations, P-Cards, Reimbursement 

  • Judy Farmer

    Judy Farmer, MA

    Student Services Coordinator
    Office Phone: 303-871-2968
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 235

    Learn more about Judy

    Judy Farmer was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a BS in Education and an MA in History and Sociology. She taught high school Social Studies before moving to Colorado and still has great interest in how history shapes current day events. Judy loves movies, museums, mountains, and meeting new people. The other great love is travel in Europe and the U.S.

    You would see Judy for:

    student records; field placement & hours reporting; class petitions; graduation 

  • Janice Gerondale

    Janice Gerondale

    Administrative Assistant 
    Office Phone: 303-871-2572
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 135

    Learn more about Janice

    Coming soon!  

    You would see Janice for:

     Receipt of forms uploaded into STARS

  • Ashley Haliko

    Ashley Haliko

    Executive Director of Development
    Office Phone: 303-871-2675
    Leo Block Alumni House

    Learn more about Ashley


    Ashley joined DU in 2010 to further her passion for building opportunities in higher education through fundraising and assisted in the completion of the $490M+ ASCEND Campaign. In her present role as Executive Director of Development, Ashley is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major and principal gifts for DU's Graduate School of Professional Psychology.


    Ashley remains active in volunteer and professional organizations in Denver, and in her free time, she enjoys yoga, a good book, and traveling to her native Florida. She resides in Wash Park with her two Bernese Mountain dogs, Tiberius and Minerva.


    You would see Ashley for:

    Partnering with key academic leaders to establish fundraising priorities and develop meaningful, productive relationships with a portfolio of major gift donors including alumni, friends and parents

    Engaging philanthropic support for campus-wide and college-specific priorities and work closely with major, principal, and planned gift donors assigned to the corresponding portfolio

  • Brittany Kahl

    Brittany Kahl

    Online Support & Admissions Coordinator
    Office Phone: 303-871-3409
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 135b

    Learn more about Brittany

    Born in New York City and raised on the coast of Connecticut as well as in Boulder, Colorado, Brittany completed her undergraduate degree at Colorado State University in Fort Collins where she double-majored in International Studies and Spanish.  Throughout her time at CSU, she spent time living, studying, and teaching abroad in Spain, Chile, and the Dominican Republic.  Upon graduating from CSU, she ventured off to Merida, Mexico where she earned her CELTA teaching certificate and worked as an English teacher at a private language school.

    Brittany moved to Denver in 2009.  When she’s not at work, she is playing sports, running, playing with her Aussie Shepard mutt LiLu, cycling, indulging in Colorado’s craft beer, or enjoying the mountains in every way possible!  

    Before joining the GSPP team, Brittany worked for 4 years as an Admissions Assistant, English Instructor, and Spanish Translator at an international language institution here in Denver. 

    You would see Brittany for:

    MA Sport Coaching admissions, recruitment, marketing, social media updates, student services; online classroom technology

  • Liz McKinney

    Liz McKinney

    Director of Business & Operations
    Office Phone: 303-871-2297
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 232

    Learn more about Liz

    Coming soon!

    You would see Liz for:

    Business and Operations

  • Julie Schellman

    Julie Schellman

    Director of Admissions and Recruiting
    Office Phone: 303-871-2908
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 102

    Learn more about Julie

    Julie Schellman is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Denver in 2004. She graduated from Missouri State University with her degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Psychology, and has been taking graduate classes through the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.

    Julie has enjoyed working in higher education settings for the past 6 years, and 4 of those years have been with GSPP. Julie enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, watching baseball, and playing outdoors. She is fascinated with tornadoes and loves learning about weather.

    You would see Julie for:

    admissions, application & interview questions; orientation details; open house information

  • Julie H Smith

    Julie Hanna Smith, MS LMFT

    Administrative Director, Professional Psychology Clinic 
    Office Phone: 303-871-4004
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 43

    Learn more about Julie

    Coming soon!  

    You would see Julie for:

    Professional Psychology Clinic, Trauma & Disaster Recovery Clinic, and New Start Clinic Operations

  • Marijke

    Marijke Swierstra

    Executive Assistant to the Dean
    Office Phone: 303-871-7532
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 210

    Learn more about Marijke

    Marijke Swierstra hails from South Africa where she obtained a degree in natural and medical sciences from the University of Pretoria. She completed several business and other courses at various universities and institutions, as well as MBA courses at Pepperdine University in California. Marijke has extensive experience in non-profit administration and joined the University of Denver in 2011, as a member of the University Advancement team. She then transferred to Colorado Women's College, and in February 2016 became the executive assistant to GSPP dean Shelly Smith-Acuña.

    Marijke's interests range from watching movies and listening to music from the comfort of home, to tending to her small vegetable/flower garden and potted plants (the quiet, contemplative one). Then there is snowshoeing, hiking, wildlife encounters, aspen viewing in the fall, and being outdoors (the adventurer). Bird watching - she does not consider herself a "birder" – has led her to visit the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge, Bosque del Apache Refuge and the Rowe Sanctuary to view the awe-inspiring sandhill crane migrations. She also loves exploring new places and encountering new cultures, and visiting Alaska is a high priority on the bucket list. 

    You would see Marijke for:

    Matters related to the Dean's office, e.g. scheduling with the Dean; office supplies for faculty and staff; special projects for Directors; general questions

  • Stephani Walton

    Stephani Nola Walton, MFA

    Communications Manager
    Office Phone: 303-871-6071
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 121

    Learn more about Stephani

    Stephani grew up on a potato farm in Maine, midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian Trail. She moved to Colorado in 2010 for Naropa University’s MFA in Writing & Poetics (lured by the Harry Smith Print Shop and volunteer poetry outreach program). Before heading west she lived in Burlington, VT and New York City.

    Stephani earned undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing and Gender at the University of Maine, and completed three editorial publishing internships through CUNY Hunter College. She loves dogs (understatement: Abbey has her own Instagram), half-marathons, bike-commuting, leading poetry workshops, whiskey neat, college hockey, and anything outdoorsy.

    You would see Stephani for:

    news & media requests; website & social media updates; conference & event planning; student email list serve; PioneerWeb content; GSPP calendar

  • Amy Westergren-Amlicke

    Amy Westergren-Amlicke

    PsyD Field Placement Liaison
    Office Phone: 303-871-4803
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 122

    Learn more about Amy

    Coming soon!  

    You would see Amy for:

     -Site visits to listed and unlisted field placements
    -Communicating with site supervisors regarding student performance
    -Communication with FP regarding practicum expectations/policies as well as APA requirements
    -Data related to student field placement experiences
    -Masters alumni licensure inquiries

  • Linda Ziembko

    Linda Ziembko

    Data Analyst & Technology Administrator 
    Office Phone: 303-871-3212
    Ammi Hyde Building: Office 202

    Learn more about Linda

    Linda and her family relocated to Colorado from the New York City. Originally from Connecticut, Linda graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Management Information Systems and also attended Parsons School of Design. She began her career working as a database analyst then moved to systems infrastructure and operations, specializing in creative environments. Her tech experience spans a diverse range of sectors including marketing, arts & entertainment, financial services and non-profit. She is excited to add higher education to this list.

    Linda is an avid yoga practitioner, having maintained a consistent Ashtanga practice since 2002. She enjoys cooking, baking, crafting (especially paper craft and hand lettering) and spending time with husband and two kids in the outdoors.

    You would see Linda for:

    STARS database-related issues; accreditation reporting; technical assistance; IT liaison