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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Denver FIRST

When You Think Forensic Psychology, Think Denver FIRST

The Denver Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training (or Denver FIRST) serves as a regional hub for all things forensic and is a recognized go-to site for expertise in forensic mental health. Operated within the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and integrated with the Masters of Forensic Psychology Program, Denver FIRST fosters community and university partnerships through a host of research, service, and training opportunities. Current projects and partnerships include, but are not limited to, working with incarcerated adults, child welfare cases, juveniles on probation, recently released adult offenders, offenders with neuropsychological deficits, animal cruelty cases, and persons facing competency issues in a variety of court settings.

Each member of our distinguished MAFP faculty serves as a core member of the institute, and we also have several noted DU faculty and community forensic leaders serving in various affiliated roles. Dr. Neil Gowensmith, MAFP core faculty, brings his experience in research, grants management, forensic administration, academia and clinical practice to serve as the director of the institute. (Read more about Dr. Gowensmith.) Additionally, Dr. Apryl Alexander serves as Co-Director. (Read more about Dr. Alexander.)

Denver FIRST is pleased to offer a postdoctoral fellowship position at the University of Denver. The fellowship provides opportunities for forensic practice, supervision, research, and teaching.

Denver FIRST offers a constellation of services through 3 central areas:

We provide program evaluation for local and regional programs, conduct high-quality original research across many forensic topic areas, and obtain and lead local and national grant-funded opportunities.

We provide low-cost, high-quality clinical services to underserved forensic populations and act as a test site for innovative programs and practices in forensic mental health. These services include both therapy and assessment, and are supervised largely by Denver FIRST faculty. Our offices are located on the campus of the University of Denver.

We consult with agencies involved with forensic mental health service, and lead engaging workshops, trainings and presentations on a host of forensic topics to mental health, legal, correctional, and law enforcement audiences.

If you would like to be part of this exciting venture, please be in touch. Opportunities exist in all three arms of the institute, but we are especially interested in service opportunities, grant partners, and in building affiliations with excellent professionals in the community!

Please contact us at 303.871.7910 or [email protected] for more information.