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Forensic Psychology faculty member W. Neil Gowensmith was quoted in the Denver Post article, "James Holmes' insanity plea faces historically long odds." Gowensmith notes "mental-health evaluators will spend hours with a defendant and even more hours poring over case reports, mental-health history forms, witness statements and other evidence before making a diagnosis. Information as close as possible to the time of the crime — a journal entry right before, for instance, or a statement immediately after — is especially valuable."

GSPP faculty member Kim Gorgens wrote a Huffington Post blog entry titled, Two Mental Health Flags That Could Save Someone's Life. "With recent mass shootings that have grabbed headlines, evaluating one's mental health is a topic that has frequently been discussed in the news. As a psychologist, I've been asked frequently about red flags or warning signs that may contribute to violent or aggressive behavior..."

Sport & Performance Psychology faculty member—and US Track & Field Sport Psychologist—Steve Portenga released the iPerformance Sport & Performance Psychology Mental Skills Trainer. "Using a combination of precise Sport and Performance Psychology assessments, meditations, exercises, worksheets, games, routines, and more, [the app] acts as personal advisor and trainer for those wishing to improve their mental preparation and focus for sporting events."

GSPP faculty member Kim Gorgens spoke about brain injury at TedxDU. "In a lively talk, neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens makes the case for better protecting our brains against the risk of concussion, with a compelling pitch for putting helmets on kids."

Mark Aoyagi, Director of Sport & Performance Psychology, was interviewed for an article in Forbes about "Hitting the Wall." He addresses the topic of burnout in endurance athletes. "How can a hobby-turned-passion go so awry? Aoyagi says it’s a matter of failing to heed the warning signs (fatigue, lack of motivation) early on. Burnout victims, he says, also tend to forget why they’ve pushed themselves so hard in the first place..."