NCIT Staff

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Patrick Sherry, Ph.D., ABPP

Director, NCIT

Dr. Patrick Sherry is a professor with a specialization in intermodal transportation and occupational psychology at the University of Denver. Since 2003 he has served as the Director of the National Center for Intermodal Transportation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver. In addition to scientific research he has consulted extensively with Fortune 500 transportation companies throughout the US and Canada in the areas of safety, human resources, and leadership training. He has conducted research in the area of human factors related to the hours of service for the transportation industry. He developed and validated an assessment battery for selecting and hiring managers in a large rail transportation company and is currently working on a documentary film and a book describing state of the art intermodal transportation solutions in the Western United States.

Dr. Sherry has been extremely active in the identification and development of leaders in business and industry. His book on training and development needs of leaders in the transportation industry and 150+ articles and scientific papers have influenced thousands of professionals and students. Applying cutting edge behavioral science to training and education he was a co-founder of the Pioneer Leadership Program - an on-campus training program that had the highest enrollment of students on campus. In addition, he directs and evaluates potential participants for the Founding Fathers Project, an in-depth study of 40 CEOs and leaders of transportation companies. Most recently Dr. Sherry co-authored a study on the workforce development needs of professional in the transportation industry.

Dr. Sherry addressed the US House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure earlier this year and identified five major challenges facing the US transportation system. He has also worked in both Europe and Asia, consulting on hiring decisions, assessment instruments and practices, and the development of executive training programs with private industry and government.


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Brenda Lantz, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow

Brenda Lantz joined NCIT as a Senior Research Fellow in August 2017. She is also the Associate Director of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University. Brenda holds a Masters degree in Statistics from North Dakota State University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration, Supply Chain and Information Systems, from the Pennsylvania State University. She has more than 25 years of experience in transportation research, primarily in the commercial vehicle safety field, and has worked extensively with both government and private industry agencies.


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Andi Pusavat, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Andi has been a member of the Counseling Psychology faculty and has been the CP Training Clinic Director in the Counseling and Educational Services Clinic since 2011. She also maintains a private practice serving the Denver metro community. She currently serves on the 9Health: 365 Board of Trustees and 9Health:365 Clinical Advisory Board, as well as acting as the Colorado Psychological Association Academic Liaison. Andi previously served on the Board of the Colorado Society of Psychologists in Private Practice for 3 years (2 years as President) and was a founding member of the Colorado Psychological Association Society for the Advancement of Multiculturalism and Diversity. Andi's research has been presented at the American Psychological Association and the National Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan. Andi received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver, an MA in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


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Jesse Owen, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Dr. Jesse Owen, Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver. Our research seeks to contribute to the enhancement and understanding of couples' relationship functioning, as well as to develop a deeper understanding of the common and specific factors related to therapeutic effectiveness. An underlying assumption of our mission is that we contextualize our work through cross-cultural factors that are inherently interwoven with the lives of individuals, couples, and therapists.


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Sandra Bertram Grant Solis, M.Ed.

Research Assistant

Sandra Bertram Grant Solis, M.Ed. is a Research Assistant and doctoral student in Psychology at the University of Denver. She is currently assisting with the Suicide Prevention and Training project and also with the development of Trespasser Intent Determination and Evaluation (TIDE) criteria to assist railroads in making consistent and expeditious probable intent determinations of individuals involved in trespasser strikes. In addition, she has a special focus on exploring interdisciplinary approaches that promote the success and retention of underserved groups in professional and leadership roles. Sandra enjoys taking her dog for long walks and the Colorado sunshine.

Sandra Bertram Grant Solís, MEd | Graduate Research Assistant
Center for Rural School Health & Education
Morgridge College of Education | University of Denver
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Daisy Marrero

Research Assistant

Daisy is a multilingual Registered Behavior Technician looking to pursue an advanced degree in Psychology.  Graduated from Florida International University  with a BA in Psychology and a focus in Behavior Analysis where she gained experience in naturalistic observation and survey research methodology. She has a deep passion for assisting others in the development of their leadership skills and is also interested in understanding how equitable access to transportation across different cultures and economies can affect the physical and psychological health of women and families.  Daisy is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.


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Julia Roncoroni, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Dr. Roncoroni's research focuses on the health and safety of transportation workers.  Her work  aims to facilitate the engagement of transportation workers in the process of recognizing personal and social resources, and  the identification and achievement of desired healthy work life balance and safety.  Most recently she has looked at the importance of sleep and sleep hygiene in racial/ethnic minority individuals and families in the trucking industry. 


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