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National Center for Intermodal Transportation



National Center for Intermodal Transportation

Patrick Sherry, PhD, ABPP, Director

Pat SherryDr. 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.

Brenda Lantz, PhD, Senior Research Fellow

Brenda LantzBrenda 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 PhD 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.


Jesse Owen, PhD, 

Pat Sherry

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. 


Sree Sinha, PHD Candidate, Research Assistant

Sree SinhaSree Sinha is a doctoral student at the University of Denver, pursuing a PhD in Counseling Psychology.  She previously managed a Community Treatment team in Washington, D.C., serving the homeless population with persistent mental illness through a housing first recovery model.  She was recognized for her leadership and involvement with the Wilson H. Elkins Citizenship Award as well as the Martin A. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service.  She has been involved with both the Women in Transportation Project and the Safety Culture Research Project. 

Megan Solberg, PHD Candidate, Research Assistant

Megan SolbergMegan Solberg is a doctoral student at the University of Denver, pursuing a PhD in Counseling Psychology. She earned her bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from New York University in 2011, and her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver in 2019. From 2012-2017 Megan worked in various health administration roles within the Division of Hematologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where she worked on research projects studying the impact of cancer on a person's work or career life. She joined the Safety Culture Research Project team in 2019.

Emma Porter, PHD Candidate, Research Assistant

Emma PorterEmma is a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology PhD program at the University of Denver.  She is experienced in conducting research within the realm of and psychological trauma.  She is working on the Safety Culture Project, the Women in Transportation Study, and the Alertness Technology Project.



Orphea Deluz Wright, M.A. Candidate, Counseling Psychology

Emma Porter Orphea is a first-year master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Denver. She graduated from CU Boulder in 2014 with a BA in Sociology and Peace and Conflict Studies and has spent the past four years gaining clinical experience as a mental health worker in a residential treatment center. Orphea will also be working with Dr. Gafford’s lab focusing on mental health concerns within corrections. Orphea has experience in data collection using survey interview techniques with members of supply chain and transportation organizations.