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Announcing 2017 Alumni Awards!

Alumni Awards were presented at this year's Philanthropy Gala on Thursday, May 18th, 2017.

 

Ken Martinez, PsyD '78 - Career Achievement Award

Ken Martinez
Read About Ken's Background Here

Dr. Martínez is a child clinical psychologist and Principal Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Washington, D.C., based in Corrales, NM. He was lead author of the Blueprint for Using Data to Reduce Disparities/ Disproportionalities in Human Services and Behavioral Health Care, a framework and multistep process to reduce disparities and disproportionalities in communities and states. Dr. Martinez has worked with many communities and states in promoting and operationalizing cultural and linguistic competence and reducing disparities as well as promoting the public health approach and linking local and state initiatives. He currently provides technical assistance and is the lead disparities reduction specialist with the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (Safe Schools/Healthy Students and Project LAUNCH) funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to grantees in the area of child, youth and family mental health including evidence based practice, community defined evidence, services and supports, family driven and youth guided care, financing, policy development, infrastructure development, cultural and linguistic competence, incorporating a public health approach, and systems integration. Previously, he provided training and technical assistance to the SAMHSA-funded system of care grantees located in most states throughout the country. Previously, Dr. Martinez was the State Children’s Behavioral Health Director in New Mexico which included statewide children’s behavioral health policy/program development and implementation, serving as a Medicaid expert, and writing Medicaid regulations for a wide variety of children’s behavioral health services. He was responsible for the development and clinical oversight of the children’s behavioral health programs in the Juvenile Justice Services statewide correctional facilities and in the State child welfare system. He issued and oversaw all RFP/contracts related to community-based children’s behavioral health services in the State; oversaw the economics and outcomes bureau, which was responsible for the utilization review of in-state and out-of-state behavioral health services for Medicaid non-managed care clients and child protective services clients; oversaw statewide licensing of children’s behavioral health services and state and federal contracts and grants, as well as state general fund for children’s behavioral health and domestic violence contracts. Dr. Martinez is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He is past chair of the Children, Youth and Families Division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, representing the 50 states and territories. He has served on the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Symposium Planning Committee at the Carter Center; and is recent past Vice President of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association, a member of the SAMHSA National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health, and an advisor to the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health at the College of Public Health, University of South Florida. In December, 2014 Dr. Martinez was appointed by U.S. DHHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to SAMHSA’s National Advisory Council. Dr. Martinez has testified before Congress on the mental health needs of children and youth in the juvenile justice system, and presented at a Congressional Briefing with Dr. Jane Knitzer on the mental health needs of children and youth. Dr. Martinez has developed products, authored articles, book chapters and has conducted numerous trainings/presentations on cultural and linguistic competence, reducing disparities, best practices for communities of color, community defined evidence, children’s mental health and social issues. His research interests include pioneering work in “community defined evidence” a complementary approach to defining best practices and what works in communities of color. Dr. Martinez co-founded a grass-roots organization in New Mexico in 1992 to support the people of El Salvador post-civil war. This work includes the founding of a youth campesino theater group, Creaciones, that produced work reflecting the struggles of youth and families in El Salvador. He graduated with distinction from Stanford University and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, earning a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in 1978.

 

Emily Markley, PsyD '15 - Early Career Achievement Award

Emily

Read About Emily's Background Here

Dr. Emily Markley graduated from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2015 and started working at Craig Hospital on a multidisciplinary spinal cord injury team in 2016, where she engages in assessment and psychotherapy with patients and families throughout the rehabilitation process. She is additionally involved in the Denver community by supervising clinical work with trainees, developing a private practice, and becoming an adjunct professor at GSPP. Dr. Markley received her BA in Psychology and Biology from Case Western Reserve University, following which she earned a Fulbright Grant to study gender violence and inequality in Cyprus. She then returned to Ohio to work at the Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute and went on to The University of Denver to earn her doctoral degree. Dr. Markley completed her predoctoral internship at Yale New Haven Hospital working primarily with an oncology and liver-transplant population. Her postdoctoral fellowship was completed at Yale University’s Mental Health and Counseling Center and she was named a 2016-2017 American Psychoanalytic Association Fellow. Dr. Markley is very grateful for these diverse training experiences and the mentorship she has received that has been so formative in solidifying her personal and professional identity, and is thrilled to be back in the Denver community. She lives in Conifer with her husband, Jared, dog, Peanut, and cat Susie Petunia.

 

Alumni Awards

Career Achievement Award
The award recognizes outstanding achievement in professional contribution, community impact, and service to GSPP. This alumnus will have stayed connected to the School through volunteer opportunities (supervision, mentoring, events), and community awareness / partner efforts. This alumnus will have used their GSPP degree to further the School's vision to advance the public good by meeting the mental health care needs of diverse and underserved populations in Denver and beyond – improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

2016 Recipient: Sally Spencer-Thomas, PsyD '95

 

Early Career Achievement Award

*Awarded to an alumnus who has graduated within the last 10 years.

The award recognizes outstanding early career achievement in professional contribution, community impact, and service to GSPP. This alumnus will have stayed connected to the School through volunteer opportunities (supervision, mentoring, events), and community awareness / partner efforts. This alumnus will have used their GSPP degree to further the School's vision to advance the public good by meeting the mental health care needs of diverse and underserved populations in Denver and beyond – improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

2016 Recipient: Sarah Burgamy, PsyD '06

 

GSPP Service & Leadership Pins

GSPP Service & Leadership Pin recipients are alumni who have continued to stay engaged with GSPP and its mission since graduating. Service & Leadership is recognized as being visible and present at GSPP events, serving as GSPP ambassador in the community they live and work in, mentoring and supervising current GSPP students, or impacting their community in a way that aligns with GSPP's mission to advance the public good. Recipients do this by meeting the mental health needs of diverse and underserved populations in Denver and beyond – improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities. GSPP Service & Leadership Pins are engraved with a compass design representing the guidance and path for which our alumni have used their training at GSPP to create positive impact on the communities they serve.

2016 Recipients:

Aimee Voth Siebert, MAIDP '12
Ian Palombo, MASPP '14
Louisa Jornayvaz, MASPP '14
Laurie Ivey, PsyD '99
Thea Wessel, MAFP '09

2017 Recipients:

Greg Hisscock, MAFP '11,
Thomas Davidson, PhD '78,
Kritika Dwivedi, PsyD '16,
Amy Wanninger, MAIDP '14
Jessica Williams, MASPP '11

 

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To learn more, contact Lindsay Anderson, at 303-871-2261 or Lindsay.Anderson@du.edu