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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Sturm Center at DU

The Sturm Center

A Behavioral Health Center for Veterans, Service Members, and their Families

The Sturm Center provides high-quality, confidential behavioral and mental health services at a community-centered facility in Aurora, Colorado. We welcome all Veterans, Service Members, and their families and can provide a wide-range of behavioral health services. 

To help with the cost of these services we operate on a sliding-scale payment model and accept Medicaid, Medicare, and V.A. Choice.

The Sturm Center offers:

  • Adult Individual Therapy
  • Family/Couples Therapy
  • Child/Adolescent Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Psychological Assessments

These services can help with:

  • Readjustment
  • Trauma, Grief, or Loss
  • Depression, Anxiety, or Posttraumatic Stress
  • Family and Relationship Stress
  • Coping with Injury
  • Occupational/Educational Stressors

Our services are available to:

  • Veterans and Service Members
  • Their Family Members, Significant Others, and Children

Who we are:

The Sturm Center is part of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. Our mission is to train students so they can provide direct behavioral health services to Veterans, Service Members and their families. Our student therapists are doctoral level psychology students practicing under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists who have significant experience working with this important population. 

At the Sturm Center, we are dedicated to positively impacting the lives of Veterans, Service Members and their families through evidence-based behavioral and mental health services. These services are comprehensive, individualized and entirely confidential.

Meet our Clinic Director:

  • Katy Barrs

    Dr. Katy Barrs completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2007. She recently returned to the University of Denver as the Clinic Director of the Sturm Center. Dr. Barrs has worked with Veterans, Service members and their families at the Minneapolis V.A. Medical Center, the Boston V.A. Healthcare System, and most recently the Denver Vet Center where she served in the role of Military Sexual Trauma Treatment Coordinator. Dr. Barrs oversees the Sturm Center, provides clinical education to multiple students within the clinic, and provides licensed community clinicians with education and consulting about these populations. She has been featured in the documentary Acronym, a timely expose about the nature of PTSD from combat. Dr. Barrs is also the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association's Society for Military Psychology (Division 19) Arthur W. Melton Early Achievement Award. She feels honored to give back to those who have served our country.


Meet our Outreach Specialist:

  • Jeni Hunniecutt

    Jeni Hunniecutt is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at The University of Denver and is a Veteran of the Virginia Army National Guard. Jeni earned her M.A. in Speech Communication at East Tennessee State University in 2013 where she studied the impacts of marital relational transgressions and their influence on adult children's relational development and interactions. Shortly after separating from her own military service, Jeni's research trajectory shifted to focus on experiences of female Service members and Veterans. Jeni now centers her research agenda on Veteran identity and reintegration processes. Since being a student at The University of Denver, Jeni has worked to initiate and develop a Student Veteran Association, where she serves as the Vice President. Jeni is also an Inclusive Excellence fellow for the work she does with military and Veteran communities on campus and across the greater Denver area. Passionate about her work with military Service members and Veterans, Jeni is humbled by her opportunities to continually serve.

    Jeni may be reached at


Need more info?

For more information, or to request a confidential appointment, call 303-871-7942.



The Sturm Center is proudly supported by:
 The Sturm Family Foundation