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Wes Moore & The Power of Resiliency

Wes Moore at Redefining Mental Health event

On February 12, 2019 the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology and its Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) hosted Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood and the best-selling author of The Other Wes Moore. In his keynote speech and in his Q&A with GSPP dean Shelly Smith-Acuña, Moore discussed the ways in which his childhood experiences shaped his life's work, the promises and controversies surrounding resilience-building care, and the role professional psychology can play in addressing systemic and individualized challenges of poverty.

Additionally, COPE founder Diane Simard shared the progress of COPE's mission, celebrated the publication of her book The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer and invited members of the community to join in supporting the work of GSPP's programs.

DU Newsroom Article: "Changing the Stigma Associated with Mental Health"

 

 

  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health + Latinx

    A Community Conversation:
    Building Well-being for Latinx Families 

    October 4th, 2018
    Denver Sheraton Hotel (Majestic Ballroom)

    In honoring the strength of the Latinx community during Hispanic Heritage Month, the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of Denver and ZERO TO THREE (ZTT) presented an evening roundtable discussion and networking event among interdisciplinary leaders working to promote the best interests of young children and families within the Colorado Latinx community.

    Experts from early childhood education, public policy, philanthropy, and across health fields gathered to share their knowledge and successful approaches for providing culturally/linguistically responsive and effective community-based services.

     


    Speakers & Presenting Faculty

  • Jandel

    Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis

    President & CEO
    Craig Hospital

    Learn more about Dr. Allen-Davis

    Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, joins Craig Hospital on October 1st, 2018 as the new President and CEO. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and after 25 years of taking care of patients, transitioned from a physician leader to Kaiser Permanente's Health Plan Leadership team. Her past roles at Kaiser Permanente included vice president of government, external relations and research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, associate medical director of external relations for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, regional director of patient safety, and physician chief of the Wheat Ridge Medical Offices. Dr. Allen-Davis was elected to the Colorado Permanente Medical Group Board of Directors in 1998 and chaired the board in her final year.

    A graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Allen-Davis completed her residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Before coming to work at Kaiser Permanente, she was an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and spent four years in the Indian Health Service in Tuba City, Ariz., during which time she also served as member and chair of the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists' Committee on Alaska Native and Indian Affairs.

    Dr. Allen-Davis is an active participant on community boards, including the CU Foundation Board of Directors, Colorado Association of Health Plans Board of Directors, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors, Colorado Succeeds Board of Directors, Denver Botanic Board of Trustees, Denver Foundation Board of Trustees and is the immediate past president of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Board of Directors. She has served on the Board of Grantmakers in Health, a national organization focused on assisting funders who are actively involved in supporting nonprofits focused on community health. Dr. Allen-Davis also served on the Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners from 2003–2011 and served as president of the board from 2009–2011. She is a member of the Governor's Education Leadership Council.

    Dr. Allen-Davis is the proud recipient of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado from the Colorado Women's Chamber in 2013, the 2013 Colorado Black Women for Political Action, Women Making History Award, the 2013 Metro Volunteers Community Impact Award, the 2012 Outstanding Women in Business in Health Care from the Denver Business Journal, and is a member of the 2012 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction inductees. She was named 2000 Kaiser Permanente Physician Volunteer of the Year and a "Top Doc" by 5280 Magazine for several years. In 2002, Dr. Allen-Davis won first place in the Professional Category of the "On My Own Time" art show from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.

    In her spare time, Dr. Allen-Davis is a fiber artist who creates original, hand-painted quilts and fiber vessels. In addition, she enjoys staying active and has completed the Kaiser Permanente Colfax half-marathon. Dr. Allen-Davis is married to her college sweetheart, Anthony, and they have two children, Courtney and Jonathon.

  • Berman

    Dr. Steve Berman

    Director, Center for Global Health
    Colorado School of Public Health

    Learn more about Dr. Berman

    Stephen Berman, MD, FAAP, is a Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He also holds an endowed Chair in Academic General Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital Colorado and is a past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Dr. Berman has carried out many international research projects and has served as special advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He has also served as a consultant to the Ministry of Health of many countries throughout the world. He helped design the WHO Case Management of Acute Respiratory Infections Program, which is now incorporated in the WHO Integrated Case Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). He has served as the pediatric clinical research consultant to the National Academy of Sciences Board of Science and Technology in Developing Countries (BOSTID) project on the etiology and epidemiology of acute res​piratory infections carried out in 12 countries around the world. He is chair of the "Helping the Children" initiative that seeks to raise awareness of the unique physical and psychological needs of children following an international disaster. He is the editor of the disaster course manual Pediatrics in Disasters (PEDS), which was developed and is being disseminated in collaboration with the AAP and World Health Organization. Course materials are now available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Cambodian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.

    Well known for his contributions to pediatric education, Dr. Berman has authored four editions of his pediatric textbook entitled Pediatric Decision Making, and has published over 100 peer reviewed research articles and many textbook chapters related to common pediatric clinical problems, such as acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, and immunizations. He has also published a book on child advocacy and health policy entitled Getting it Right for Children: Stories of Pediatric Care and Advocacy. He is also an editor of Global Child Health Advocacy: On the Front Lines.

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    Elaine Grossman

    Director of Strategic Partnerships
    Valley Settlement Project

    Learn more about Elaine Grossman

    Elaine Grossman has forty years of broad-based executive management and development experience in the nonprofit, corporate and education sectors. Elaine is recognized for bringing creativity, passion and energy to organizations during periods of growth and change. She earned a BS from Skidmore College and Masters in Early Childhood Education from Boston College then spent the first thirty years of her career in Massachusetts in executive positions ranging from Statewide Director of Day Care Services, Work-Family Direction, to Development Director, Boston Medical Center, Reach Out and Read. Her passion and skills have secured millions of dollars for programs benefiting children, education and cancer treatment. After moving to Colorado in 2000, Elaine continued using her talents as a development consultant, benefitting the Aspen affiliate of Susan G Komen Foundation, Valley View Hospital, Quality of Life Cancer project and others before joining the Western Colorado Preschool Cooperative project and the Manaus Fund in 2008.

  • Paz

    Dr. Jennifer Paz

    Senior Program Associate, Latinx Psychology Specialty
    Graduate School of Professional Psychology, DU

    Learn more about Dr. Paz

    Jennifer "Jenn" Paz, PsyD, is the co-director of Elevated Insights: Psychological Assessments for Children, Adolescents, and Families. As a graduate with her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, Jenn specializes in bilingual (Spanish) assessment and treatment of children/adolescents and their families. Jenn earned her Masters of Education through Regis University and taught for five years within DPS. There she dedicated herself to providing a culturally responsive classroom, formed strong relationships with her students and their families that continue today, and was awarded Mile High Teacher of the Year 2009/2010.

    Jenn's experience as a classroom teacher allows her to communicate and navigate effectively within the education system and understand the obstacles and capacity of current classroom teachers. Commitment and admiration for underserved populations led to volunteering with AmeriCorps and Jenn was awarded with the 2014 Mountain West Engagement Award for Excellence and honored by the University of Denver Magazine. Jenn works as Senior Program Associate for the Latinx Psychology Specialty, focusing on marketing, media, and curriculum development. 

  • Pazos

    Dr. Henrietta Pazos

    Director, Latinx Psychology Specialty
    Graduate School of Professional Psychology, DU

    Learn more about Dr. Pazos

    Henrietta "Hetty" Pazos, PsyD, is the Director of the Latinx Psychology Specialty. Hetty is a GSPP alum, completing her internship and post-doc at Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Florida, with a focus on Behavioral Medicine and Child and Adolescent psychology. She later obtained a certificate in School Psychology and worked in Denver Public Schools for 14 years providing administration over bilingual mental health assessment and intervention services to children and families and more recently in Cherry Creek School District. Lastly, Hetty works in private practice with a focus on therapy and psychological testing with Children and Adults and cultural and linguistic diversity consultation.

  • Vozar

    Dr. Tracy Vozar

    Director, Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialty
    Graduate School of Professional Psychology, DU


    Learn more about Dr. Vozar

    Dr. Tracy Vozar, PhD, is joined GSPP in 2017 as the Director of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialty. Most recently she worked at Tulane University in New Orleans where she was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.

    Tracy was previously on the faculty at Erikson Institute and at the University of Chicago's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship in infant mental health at Tulane University. Tracy earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa.

    Her clinical and research interests involve the intersections between perinatal and infant mental health. She works clinically with parents and their young children using individual, dyadic, and group approaches to treatment. Tracy researches constructs central to these areas including perinatal depression and anxiety, parenting self-efficacy, and cultural adaptations to treatment approaches. She is looking forward to supervising students interested in working with pregnant and postpartum families.

    In her spare time, Tracy loves spending time with her family, their two dogs and cat. She is a member of two Mardi Gras krewes that will keep her busy crafting and costuming from afar. Tracy and her husband enjoy live music and are looking forward to their first trip to Red Rocks.

 


Redefining Mental Health: A Community Conversation
Around Latinx Culture and Mental Well-being

Salud Mental | Salud Total: Iniciando La Conversación
Sobre La Cultura Latina y El Bienestar Mental

On April 12, 2018 the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) and its Latinx Psychology Specialty* hosted a community conversation around Latinx culture and mental well-being. Latinx community leaders Katherine Archuleta, Noah Atencio, and Dr. Hetty Pazos participated in a Fireside Conversation followed by a Q & A, and current students presented on Liberation Psychology and their Chilean Immersion trip. 

*Note: Latinx (pronounced "La-TEEN-ex") is a term that is inclusive of gender,  ethnic and racial identity.

   Fireside Conversation with Latinx Community Leaders 

  • Katherine Archuleta

    Katherine Archuleta

    Board Member, DU Board of Trustees
    Board Chair, Latino Leadership Institute, DU
    Founder, Mi Casa Resource Center
    Founder, Women's Foundation of Colorado


    LEARN MORE ABOUT Katherine Archuleta
    Katherine Archuleta began her career as a school teacher in Denver, and worked in local government for Denver mayors Federico Pena and John Hickenlooper. She worked for the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy in the Clinton Administration and was chief of staff to U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis during the first two years of the Obama Administration. Archuleta has had an extensive career in government and until 2015 served as the first Latina to head the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, a position to which she was appointed by President Obama in 2013. In addition to her government experience, she is a founder of the Colorado Women's Foundation and Mi Casa Resource Center. Archuleta serves as Board Chair of the Latino Leadership Institute and recently created the Latino Data Project in partnership with Latino Decisions to provide a combination of demographic analysis, polling and voter file-modeling in the state of Colorado.
  • Noah

    Noah Atencio

    Vice President of Community Impact,
    Community First Foundation


    LEARN MORE ABOUT Noah Atencio
    Noah Atencio is the Vice President of Community Impact at Community First Foundation. Atencio brings more than 19 years of grantmaking and program development experience to his role of overseeing the deployment of the Foundation's grantmaking resources. Prior to Community First Foundation, Atencio served in leadership positions at two of Colorado's most prestigious grantmaking institutions, the Daniels Fund and El Pomar Foundation. Atencio has served on numerous commissions and advisory roles on issues related to early childhood, homelessness, and substance abuse. Atencio is a student of leadership and proud alumnus of the Presidents Leadership Class at CU Boulder, the El Pomar Fellowship in Community Service, Leadership Jeffco, and more recently the Latino Leadership Institute. He and his wife Diana are the proud parents of two sons ages seven and three.
  • Hetty Pazos

    Henrietta Pazos

    Director, Latinx Psychology Specialty,
    Graduate School of Professional Psychology,
    University of Denver


    LEARN MORE ABOUT Hetty Pazos
    Henrietta "Hetty" Pazos, PsyD, is the Director of the Latinx Psychology Specialty. Hetty is a GSPP alum, completing her internship and post-doc at Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Florida, with a focus on Behavioral Medicine and Child and Adolescent psychology. She later obtained a certificate in School Psychology and worked in Denver Public Schools for 14 years providing administration over bilingual mental health assessment and intervention services to children and families and more recently in Cherry Creek School District. Hetty works in private practice with a focus on providing therapy and psychological testing for children and adults, and offering cultural and linguistic diversity consultation.

Redefining Mental Health: A Community Conversation
w. The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy

On February 22, 2018 the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology and its Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) hosted a community conversation around redefining mental health. Patrick J. Kennedy shared his personal journey with mental health, and audience members learned about how he became a pioneer in mental health policy and advocacy. Local leaders in mental health, including Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis (Vice President of Government, External Relations and Research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region) contributed to the evening—inspiring conversation and action to change the ways in which we treat and talk about mental health in our community and our country.


DU Newsroom Article: "Patrick Kennedy Highlights DU's Work to Redefine Mental Health"

Video: Dean Shelly Smith-Acuña interviews Patrick J. Kennedy

 

Event Photo Album

Redefining Mental Health: Patrick J. Kennedy