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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Latino Psychology Specialty

Current Students

  • Kylar

    Kylar Boggs


    MA Forensic Psychology Student
    2nd Year

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    Kylar Boggs is a 2nd-year Masters Student in the Forensic Psychology program at GSPP. She graduated from Washington State University where she studied Psychology, Human Development and Criminal Justice. She is interested in working with both adult and juvenile offenders in providing jail based treatment, post-release treatment, competency restoration, and assessments.  
  • Amanda

    Amanda Bryant


    PsyD Clinical Psychology Student
    3rd Year

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    Amanda Bryant is currently a third-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. She earned her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver in 2014. Amanda is originally from Eugene, Oregon, where she obtained her BA in Psychology from the University of Oregon. Prior to moving to Denver, she worked for the Oregon Social Learning Center conducting assessments with families, children, and adolescents. Her current interests include working with forensic populations and individuals with neurocognitive disorders. She has worked in correctional facilities providing group and individual therapy, as well as private practice and hospital settings providing neuropsychological evaluation and cognitive rehabilitation. Amanda has been able to utilize her knowledge and experience from the Latinx Psychology concentration to provide bilingual and culturally sensitive assessment and therapy services, and she hopes to be able to continue to grow as a culturally competent clinician and advocate.   
  • Kirsten

    Kirsten Elzey


    MA International Disaster Psychology Student
    2nd Year

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    Kristen Elzey is a second year MAIDP student. She relocated to Denver from San Francisco where she spent some time working with the homeless population at a temporary housing facility and responding to helpline calls for NAMI. As an intern during her first year at DU, she assisted with group therapy sessions for individuals dealing with domestic violences charges and substance abuse problems, meanwhile learning to perform data analysis for the QA department at the Colorado Coaliton for the Homeless. She is excited to be a part of the Latinx Specialty program and look forward to building her practice in Spanish and engaging further with the local Latinx community. She spent my summer internship in Chile in 2016.  
  • Raquel

    Klarissa Garcia


    PsyD Clinical Psychology Student
    1st Year

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    Klarissa Garcia is a first year PsyD student who was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Klarissa moved to the U.S. for college; her family still lives in Caracas. She got her bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from The George Washington University in DC. During her undergrad years she did extensive research on postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, especially on postpartum depression and OCD. Klarissa was particularly attracted to GSPP’s PsyD program due to its emphasis on diversity and multicultural awareness, and due to the Latinx Program. She is currently working with Latin American immigrants providing short and long term therapy. Even though Klarissa is well versed in Latinx cultural awareness, she has practiced to not assume her own experience typifies every Latin American’s. She has enhanced her skills to connect with her clients, acknowledging each as an individual.
  • Olivia

    Olivia Kraus


    PsyD Clinical Psychology Student
    2nd Year

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    Olivia Kraus is a 2nd-year student in the GSPP's PsyD program. As a Denver native, Olivia initially pursued an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Denver, where she was able to participate in research conducted by the university's Center for Marital and Family Studies. This experience ignited Olivia's interest in working with couples and families. At this same time, Olivia was working as a mental health worker at a local hospital. Through these two experiences, Olivia realized her passion for psychology, and decided to pursue the PsyD program. Having worked with such a diverse clientele and patient population, Olivia realized that although many ethnic and racial minorities with low income were able to get basic mental health services, fewer were able to receive much-needed family services. Now working with juvenile offenders, Olivia is constantly reminded how important it is to nurture the many aspects of clients' well being, including the family. Olivia is thus pursuing a specialty in Latinx Psychology with the goal of providing services not only to the individuals of the Latinx community, but to their families as well. 
  • Diane

    Diane Lee


    PsyD Clinical Psychology Student
    2nd Year

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    Diane Lee is currently a 2nd year student in the PsyD program pursuing the Latinx Psychology Specialty at GSPP. She graduated from Dartmouth College where she studied Psychology and Human Development & Education. She is interested in working with children and families in underserved communities and studying early trauma, social and emotional development, and family systems. 
  • Kathleen

    Kathleen Locker


    PsyD Clinical Psychology Student
    2nd Year

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    Kathleen Locker is a second year student in the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology program a the University of Denver. She got her bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Child and Youth Studies from the University of San Francisco. Kathleen hopes to somehow incorporate her interests in working with children and the forensic field in her practice. Prior to entering the PsyD. program at DU, Kathleen worked as an in-home child care provider. She is an avid reader, with a special interest in reading biographies of criminals. 
  • Raquel

    Raquel Meade


    PsyD Clinical Psychology Student
    3rd Year

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    My name is Raquel Meade and I am a third year PsyD student. With Spanish as my first language and Mexico as my second home, my upbringing instilled my interest in multiculturalism. Now, as a doctoral student in GSPPPsychology Specialty, I am focusing on extending this part of my identity to my professional work in hopes of providing bilingual and, more importantly, culturally informed mental health services to the Latinx community. As a student in the Latinx Psychology Specialty, I have acquired a focused awareness for the cultural implications to consider when providing psychological services to the Latinx community, such as the cultural values of familismo and respeto and how they may effect a Latinx client of the disparities in culturally competent mental health services for the Latinx population. So as I continue to learn and gain experience as a student, I hope to advocate for this population, provide culturally competent psychological services, and raise awareness to other mental health practitioners.
  • Kelsi Pratt

    Kelsi Pratt


    MA Forensic Psychology Student
    1st Year

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    Kelsi Pratt is a first year student in the Masters of Forensic Psychology Program.  She is from Knoxville, Tennessee. Kelsi graduated in April of 2016 from Brevard College in Brevard, NC. She has a BA in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Criminal Justice. Kelsi is passionate about forensic psychology and aspires to work in the legal field at the federal level. Her interest in Latinx Psychology began in high school and was propelled by  a short trip to Guatemala during that time as well as by three months studying abroad in Costa Rica during her undergraduate studies.  
  • Brittany

    Brittany Redman


    MA International Disaster Psychology Student
    2nd Year

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    Brittany Redman is a 2nd-year Masters Student in the International Disaster program at GSPP and will be pursuing the Latinx Psychology speciality. After completing her Undergraduate degree, Brittany spent four months in Chimbote, Peru teaching English as a second language to adults and children. Brittany has a passion for children, justice, and equality and will be pursuing studies which will provide her the tools to better serve the local and international communities. 
  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Shum


    PsyD Clinical Psychology Student
    2nd Year

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    Elizabeth Shum is a second year PsyD student at the University of Denver. Her clinical interests include Forensic Psychology and Latinx Psychology, and she hopes to have a career working with underserved populations. She is currently a psychology extern at Salud Family Health Centers, an integrated primary care clinic serving primarily Latina/o populations. Elizabeth is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and her hobbies include snowboarding, soccer, and hiking.   
  • Amé

    Amé Smith


    MA Forensic Psychology Student
    2nd Year

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    Amelia (Amé) Smith, B.A. is currently a second year year Master's student at Denver University's Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP). She is part of GSPP's Forensic Psychology program and part of the Latinx Specialty. Amé is interested in and passionate for children's advocacy and working with underserved populations.   
  • Katie

    Katie Walker


    PsyD Clinical Psychology Student
    3rd Year

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    Katie Walker is a 3rd year PsyD student who is native to Louisville, Kentucky. She received her BS in Psychology from Davidson College in North Carolina in 2010, where she was able to conduct research on substance abuse. In addition to psychology, Katie realized her passion for Spanish language and culture when she studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain. In 2011, she returned to Spain and lived in Jaén for three years. Not only did she study a Master’s in Clinical Health Psychology during her time there, she got a first-hand glimpse into life as an immigrant. Through her experiences living abroad, she deepened her empathy for those facing the difficulties that arise in relation to acculturation, separation from family, friends, and culture, and all the hardships that can come from being in the minority. This further sparked her interest in working with Spanish-speaking populations in the United States. For this reason, the Latinx Psychology Concentration was a perfect fit for continuing to learn about the unique issues facing Latinxs in this country. The concentration has been invaluable in teaching Katie the skills necessary to work with Latinxs on an almost daily basis. Ultimately, she would like to use her knowledge of Latinx Psychology to work with Latinx adolescents in a variety of settings, including behavioral.   
  • Mimiko

    Mimiko Watanabe


    MA International Disaster Psychology Student
    2nd Year

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    Mimiko Watanabe is currently a 2nd year student in the PsyD program enrolled in the Latinx Psychology Program. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the value of diversity is deeply ingrained in both personal and professional realms of her life. She enjoys working with adults who have severe and persistent mental illness, as well as with individuals who have experienced complex trauma.  
  • Carla Williams

    Carla Williams


    MA International Disaster Psychology Student
    1st Year

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    Carla Williams is a first year student in University of Denver's International Disaster Psychology Program and working towards the Latinx Psychology Specialty. Carla identifies as Black and Mexican and found this to be a personal motivation for her to join the Latinx Psychology program and hopes to be able to incorporate this aspect of her identity within her practice. Carla is eager to work with such a under researched population and improve her Spanish language abilities. Her professional goals are to work internationally researching the prevalence of mental health disorders across cultures, and eventually become a university professor. Carla plans to deepen her understanding of culturally sensitive practice and share this knowledge with others through her work abroad.  Outside of school, she works as an intern at Ricardo Flores Magon Academy, whose population consistS of 95% Mexican. Here, she works in groups and individually with students. This summer she will take her practice to India where she will be facilitating therapy to those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.