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  • Rachel Nielsen 2

    Dr. Rachel Nielsen

    Director, Colorado Resilience Collaborative
    PsyD, University of Denver, 2018
    [email protected] | 303-871-3042

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    Dr. Nielsen obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Academic Psychology (2000) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology (2003) from the University of Denver in Colorado. During her doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver, Dr. Nielsen specialized in Behaviorism and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the year-long course sequence. Her field placement training focused on trauma therapy for sex assault, domestic violence, child abuse, deaths and suicides of loved ones, and other traumatic events. Her doctoral paper applied stigma theory to the issue of human trafficking and prostitution in the United States, and provided nuanced guidelines for attorneys, clinicians, and law enforcement who work with these populations.

    Dr. Nielsen completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship at Nicoletti-Flater Associates, where she is now employed as a Psychological Services staff member. She provides therapy and debriefings to first responders and their families, and she has contributed to direct and indirect threat assessments. Dr. Nielsen is passionate about interdisciplinary work that provides multiple perspectives on an issue.

  • Charles Floyd

    Charles Floyd

    Charles Floyd is seeking a Master’s of Arts in International Disaster Psychology at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He is the liaison for the CRC with the Mountain States Against Hate Coalition and assists with grant proposal writing and development. Charles routinely acts as one of the lead presenters for the CRC, conducting briefings and trainings for numerous organizations. Charles is retired from the United States Army where he spent over twenty years as an Airborne Infantryman.

  • Paige Harrill

    Paige Harrill

    Paige Harrill is a recent graduate from Clemson University with a B.S. in Psychology. She is a M.A. in International Disaster Psychology candidate from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at The University of Denver. She is the lead research analyst for the Colorado Resilience Collaborative, focusing on data collection and archive retrieval.

  • Megan Kearns

    Megan Kearns

    Megan Kearns is currently a Master’s degree candidate in International Disaster Psychology at the University of Denver, after receiving her Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Asian Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. She plans to go on for a Ph.D. in psychology and pursue a career in academia. She is assisting with the National Governors Association’s Summit this summer and is the content creator for educational briefings.

  • Muneer Kirmani

    Muneer Kirmani

    After graduating from Towson University's Honors College in 2010, Muneer Kirmani joined the U.S. Peace Corps in 2011 in Sierra Leone. In 2013, he was honored to be invited to present his work at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s Vienna Energy forum. In 2014, Muneer joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was honored with NSF's Director's Award for Excellence as an Administrator. The same year he became a founding member of the Sanctuaries, a Washington D.C.-based Artists Collective. In 2018, Muneer joined the University of Denver to pursue a Master’s degree in International Disaster Psychology. As an intern for the CRC, he is the lead for content creation & management.

  • Shaina Maginot

    Shaina Maginot

    Shaina Maginot is a recent graduate of Union College with a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently pursuing a Master's in International Disaster Psychology at the University of Denver with plans to ultimately pursue a career in oncology psychology doing therapy with pediatric oncology patients. She is currently the lead liaison for Challenge Denver, focusing on trauma-informed teacher trainings, and is also involved in research analysis for the CRC.

  • Susan Mertz

    Susan Mertz

    Susan Mertz graduated from Purdue University, Indianapolis in 2017 with dual degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience. She is pursuing a Master's degree in International Disaster Psychology at the University of Denver, with the ultimate goal of pursuing a career in mental health program development in the global context. She has a specific interest in working with Latin American populations. Susan is the project lead for the CRC on their work with the National Governors Association, Preventing Targeted Violence Taskforce.