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Center for Professional Development

Pre-APA Conference

Division 18 Annual Conference

Wednesday, AUGUST 3, 2016

Confirmed Speakers


Karen Amendola, Ph.D.

Find out more about Karen Amendola and her work.

Karen L. Amendola has over 20 years of experience in conducting, developing, and implementing operational reviews, surveys, scientific research, public safety promotional testing, training, technology, and assessments. With the Police Foundation for over 20 years, Dr. Amendola currently serves as the Chief Behavioral Scientist. Amendola earned both her Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from George Mason University, and an M.A. in Human Resources Management at Webster University. Karen has worked with dozens of local, state, and federal agencies across the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Amendola recently served as Associate Editor for "Psychology and Law" for the 2014 (ten-volume) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice published by Springer Verlag, New York (Bruinsma and Weisburd, Eds.). In addition, Dr. Amendola was the lead investigator of a study of eyewitness identification case outcomes and the influence of photo arrays on interpretations of evidentiary strength by police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges. Some of that work is published in the esteemed Journal of Experimental Criminology (Amendola & Wixted, 2014, 2015). Most recently she has worked on efforts related to procedural justice, hiring, and shift practices.

With her colleagues, Amendola earned the prestigious "2012 Outstanding Field Trial" award (by the Division of Experimental Criminology of the American Society of Criminology) for their experimental study of the influence of shift length on a variety of outcomes.

Dr. Amendola is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Psychological Association, American Society of Criminology, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and served over five years on the Scientific Review Committee of the National Center for Credibility Assessment (at the time called the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute). Most recently Karen served as Chair of the National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security, and was a member of the research advisory board of the Innocence Project in New York.

Kristina Anderson, B.S.

Find out more about Kristina Anderson and her work.

Kristina Anderson is an international advocate in the fields of bystander intervention, active shooter response and violence prevention within schools, workplaces and public spaces.

In the field of public safety, Kristina Anderson is founder of the Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a non-profit that provides training on the prevention of school and workplace violence, education on active shooter preparedness, and consultation on post-crisis recovery. Ms. Anderson travels extensively within the United States and Canada to spread the importance of preparedness and joint training between citizens, educators, law enforcement, emergency managers, and first responders. Ms. Anderson started the non-profit after becoming one of the most critically injured survivors of the 2007 Virginia Tech school tragedy, where she was shot 3 times.

Ms. Anderson is also co-founder of LiveSafe, a mobile technology communication platform for sharing safety-related information that is used by over 100 college campuses, as well as corporations and hospitals.

Ms. Anderson has delivered training to numerous law enforcement and government agencies, as well as schools and workplaces to include school resource officers, university administrators, fire and emergency managers, FEMA, the FBI and private corporations. She is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in International Studies.

Trey Cole, M.A.

Find out more about Trey Cole and his work.

Trey is a graduate student in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. He is currently completing his doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center. Trey began his mental health career in the United States Army in 2007 and has continued to work in a myriad of treatment settings, to include: general outpatient, community mental health, inpatient hospital, college counseling, and hospice care. His professional interests include issues related to posttraumatic stress, trauma, grief and loss, and military Service Members and veterans. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

Sergeant A.J. DeAndrea

Find out more A.J. DeAndrea and his work.

Sergeant A.J. DeAndrea has been with the Arvada, Colorado Police Department since 1993 and is currently assigned to the Community Response Impact Team. He served as a member of the Jefferson County Regional SWAT Team from 1996 to 2012 and was a Team Leader for his last 9 years on the team. He has spent the majority of his career on patrol but he also spent 2 years as the Sergeant of the Internal Affairs Unit. Sergeant DeAndrea is a Master Less Lethal Instructor, a Colorado POST and Alaskan POST certified instructor. He teaches Officer Survival, Building Searches, Rapid and Immediate Deployment (RAID), Single Officer Response to an Active Shooter, SWAT, SWAT Team Leader Development, Defensive Tactics and Firearms as well as many other disciplines. He was formally certified in Explosive Breaching A.J. graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1990 and has a Bachelor of Arts. Sergeant DeAndrea has received 5 Medals for Valor, 3 Medals for Distinguished Service, 2 Medals for Meritorious Service, 2 unit citations and numerous commendations. From 2006 to 2010 A.J. was honored as the "Police Officer of the Year" through the Primo Awards.

Sergeant DeAndrea has instructed all over the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Some of those venues have been the IACP Annual Conference in Denver, CO, the Rocky Mountain Tactical Team Association, the Texas Tactical Police Officer Association, the Missouri Tactical Police Officer's Association and the New York Tactical Police Officer's Association. He is an instructor for the National Tactical Officer's Association and does numerous AAR of the incidents he's been involved in. He is a member of the advisory board for the I Love You Guys Foundation. He is a Master Less Lethal Instructor for CTS.

In 2013 he spoke in the Kennedy Caucus Hearing room in Washington DC and participated in a conference call with Vice President of the United States Joe Biden. He is the owner and CEO of Centurio Training and Consulting LLC. Sergeant DeAndrea was an Entry Team Leader at Columbine High School and a Team Leader during the Bulldozer Incident in Granby, CO. Sgt. DeAndrea helped devise and execute the tactical plan for the Hostage Rescue at Platte Canyon High School in September, 2006. Again in 2006 he was the Team Leader during an Officer Rescue where a deputy was pinned down by gunfire. The officer was rescued without injury. In 2007 Sergeant DeAndrea was the Patrol Supervisor and Patrol Entry Team Leader during the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) active shooting. Most recently while working with the CRIT unit, Sergeant DeAndrea executed an arrest of a prolific armed robber who was in the process of conducting his 13th armed robbery. 

Frank DeAngelis, M.A.

Find out more about Frank DeAngelis and his work.

Frank DeAngelis was a staff member at Columbine High School in the Jeffco School District in Littleton Colorado, since 1979, starting as a Social Studies teacher and filling the roles of Head Baseball Coach, Assistant Football Coach, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal, before becoming the Principal in 1996. Frank is a Colorado native, completing his K-12 education in Denver-area schools, proceeding to graduate from Metropolitan State College and subsequently from the University of Colorado with a Masters Degree in Secondary Education and Social Studies, his Principal’s License and Masters Degree from the University of Phoenix. Frank has been involved in numerous professional activities and associations, and has received multiple awards for his teaching, leadership and coaching skills. He has also been called upon to speak about recovery after a school tragedy at a variety of conferences, and has assisted as a consultant after a number of other violent school events. He was selected as Colorado High School Principal of the Year and was one of the three finalists for National Principal of the Year. He received the Jefferson Country Lifetime Achievement Award and the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Award. He retired in June of 2014 after 35 years at Columbine High School. He is presently serving as a consultant for safety and emergency management for the Jeffco School District in Colorado, and continues to deliver speeches in the United States and Canada.

Terence M. Keane, Ph.D.

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Terence Keane

Terence M. Keane, Ph.D. is Director of the National Center for PTSD-Behavioral Sciences Division and Associate Chief of Staff for Research & Development at VA Boston. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean for Research at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Keane has published more than 300 articles, books, and chapters on PTSD. For the past 36 consecutive years his program of trauma research has been supported by US federal funding agencies. He received his doctorate from Binghamton University in New York in Clinical Psychology in 1978 and was promoted to Professor of Psychiatry in 1985. His contributions to the field have been recognized by two honorary doctorates and many scholarly awards for his contributions to opening the field of psychological trauma to scientific inquiry. In 2015 he was named the recipient of the John Blair Barnwell Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the highest national award for those engaged in Clinical Research. He has held many national and international leadership posts: as President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Association of VA Psychologists, APA's Division of Trauma Psychology, APA's Society of Clinical Psychology, and the Anxiety & Depression Association of America.

Rhonda Kelly, B.S., R.N., EMT-P

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Rhonda Kelly

Rhonda graduated with a B.S. in physics then began studies for a M.S. in physical oceanography. Discovering a preference for field work two years into the program, she accepted a job as field oceanographer and sailed the world performing scientific measurement for the next three years. This period was followed by four years working aboard icebergs in the Antarctic where she became certified in emergency medicine and hazardous materials handling. Returning to the U.S., she became a firefighter/paramedic then earned her nursing license, also working part time in emergency rooms. In 2011, she became the Health & Safety Officer for her department. Since then, she has focused on the physical fitness, medical surveillance, health education, and behavioral wellness within the fire service. She is currently studying for an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

John-Michael Keyes, Exec. Director

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John-Michael Keyes

John-Michael represents The I Love U Guys Foundation to districts, departments, agencies and organizations regarding school safety. His professional career has included graphic design, software development, and workflow analysis. The death of his daughter, Emily, at the hands of a gunman at Platte Canyon High School compelled Mr. Keyes to bring his professional expertise to the arena of school safety. The Keyes family's response to the events at Platte Canyon High School was immediate support for first responders and compassionate outreach to law enforcement. With a combination of both humor and heart, John-Michael's presentation includes powerful reminders of the importance of school safety, the recognition that no school is immune, and offers free resources available to districts, departments and agencies.

Mark J. Kirschner, Ph.D., ABPP

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Dr. Mark Krischner

Dr. Mark Kirschner is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience working within the police and public safety sector. He is Board Certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology by the America Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Kirschner is a founding partner of Behavioral Health Consultants, LLC in Connecticut and is its Chief Administrative Officer. He currently works with over 60 law enforcement agencies, providing the gamut of services including pre-employment psychological evaluations, fitness-for-duty evaluations, Employee Assistance Programs, organizational consultation and development, critical incident debriefing, peer-support team development and consultation, conflict mediation and training. Dr. Kirschner holds a gubernatorial appointment as the psychologist representative to the State of CT's Psychiatric Security Review Board. Dr. Kirschner is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Quinnipiac University. He is an instructor at the New Haven, Milford and Bridgeport Police Department Academies. He is also certified by the Connecticut POST Council to provide training on a variety of behavioral health topics, including PTSD, Depression and Suicide, Supervisor Subordinate Relationships and Stress Management. Dr. Kirschner is a member of the Police Psychological Services Section of IACP and currently serves on its Executive Board as the Membership Chair. He is also a member of the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology and Division 18 of the American Psychological Association.

John McDonald, B.S.

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John McDonald is recognized by the US Department of Education as a subject matter expert in school safety, active shooter preparedness and emergency plan development. Following a successful fortune 100 career as the Sr. Manager of US security and investigations; John was hired by Jefferson County Public Schools in 2008 to develop a new model safety, security and emergency planning program for one of Colorado's largest school districts and the home of Columbine High School. John has responded to several tragedies and crisis events impacting schools over the past decade including the 2010 Deer Creek Middle School shooting, the 2012 kidnaping and murder of Jessica Ridgeway, the 2013 Arapahoe High School tragedy and the shooting at Sheridan High School in 2015. Following the Sandy Hook tragedy, he was invited to the White House to speak about his model active shooter preparedness, response and recovery program. In addition to his work with Jeffco Schools, John founded ERCM Consultants, LLC in 2011 which is fast becoming one of the nation's premier school safety consulting companies. Today ERCM Consultants provides support to 35 college campuses, and hundreds of k12 schools. A former soldier and police officer, John also holds Bachelors of Science Degrees in Criminal Justice and Criminology and is often sought out by media, institutions and law enforcement agencies around the world.

Joe Mignogna, M.D., MPH, CIME, FACOEM

Find out more about Joe Mignogna and his work.

Dr. Mignogna, known throughout most of his medical career as "Dr. Joe", was originally trained in family medicine. After his air force medical corp service in family medicine and aviation medicine, he transitioned into emergency medicine for several years and then finally settled into occupational medicine in the early 1990's. He's held occupational medicine leadership positions with international pharmaceutical and automotive manufacturing organizations, and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Comprehensive Health Services in Cape Canaveral, FL, one of the nation's largest and most experienced providers of workforce health management programs. He has a particular interest in public safety and transportation medicine, as well as employee well-being and wellness. In addition to his board certifications in family medicine, occupational medicine, and emergency medicine, he is also a certified independent medical examiner, medical review officer, senior aviation medical examiner, and travel health consultant. He lives in Florida with his wife Jill, an occupational health nurse, and their three children.

John Nicoletti, Ph.D., ABPP

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John Nicoletti

Dr. John Nicoletti received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University in 1972. He co-founded Nicoletti-Flater Associates with his wife, Lottie Flater, in 1976. He has since established himself as a national expert in police psychology, violence risk assessment, workplace and school violence prevention, as well as crisis intervention and trauma recovery. Dr. Nicoletti has been asked to take part in several high profile investigations, including the Columbine High School and the Virginia Tech shootings. More than 250 national corporations, government agencies, law enforcement agencies, schools, and religious institutions at the local, national, and international levels, have chosen to work with Dr. Nicoletti. Since 1996, Dr. Nicoletti and staff have provided on-site psychological screenings and consultations at the U.S. bases of McMurdo and the South Pole in Antarctica. Also included in his list of clients are: the National Recognizance Office, NASA, Lockheed Martin, and Colorado School Districts. Clients have the opportunity to work directly with Dr. Nicoletti and his staff of 12 through workshops, training seminars, and consultations. Dr. Nicoletti has also co-authored several books related to violence prevention, including: Violence Goes to Work, Violence Goes to School, and Violence Goes to College. His second edition of Violence Goes to College was published in 2010. 

Lieutenant Stephen Redfearn, M.S.

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Stephen Redfearn

Stephen Redfearn is a Lieutenant with the Aurora, Colorado Police Department, currently assigned to the District 1 Patrol Division as a Sector Commander. Stephen was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in October, 2015. Stephen has been with the Aurora Police Department for 16 years and as a Sergeant supervised the Vice & Narcotics Unit, the East Metro Auto Theft Team, and a field training patrol team. While supervising an anti-crime team Stephen was a first responder to the Century 16 Theatre shooting in July of 2012 where he took an active role in overseeing the triage and subsequent transport of the victims as well as detention of the suspect. While holding the rank of Officers Stephen was assigned as a Field Training Officer (FTO), the Pattern Crimes Unit, the Police Area Representative (PAR) unit, and two separate task force positions. Prior to joining the Aurora Police Department Stephen was a 911 Dispatcher and a Sheriff’s Cadet with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado. Stephen worked in dispatch during the Columbine High School mass shooting in 1999. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from the Colorado State University.

Deputy Chief David Quinones

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Deputy Chief David Quinones has served the citizens of Denver for more than thirty years in a variety of assignments with the Denver Police Department. He began his law enforcement career on January 1, 1986, when he was sworn in as a Patrol Officer. In 1991, he was selected to join the Gang Unit. He worked in this assignment for five years, which included the "Summer of Violence" of 1993. After being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996, Deputy Chief Quinones worked in District One, Internal Affairs, and the Vice/Drug Control Bureau. In November of 2000, Deputy Chief Quinones was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Several years later, in September of 2003, Deputy Chief Quinones was appointed to the rank of Commander, and served the northwest Denver community as the Commander of District One until January of 2007. At that time, he was promoted to Division Chief and assigned to lead the Special Operations Division. He served in that capacity until May of 2010, when he assumed command of the Patrol Division. He was appointed Deputy Chief in April 2012 and oversees the Operations aspects of the Denver Police Department.

Throughout his career, Deputy Chief Quinones has strived to improve police relations with the community. During his tenure as the Commander of District One, he stressed the importance of community outreach and a strong partnership between citizens and officers. He feels strongly that trust is essential for the success of the Department, both internally and with the community. In addition, being bi-lingual has enabled him to reach out to, and interact with, the Spanish- speaking segment of the population. Deputy Chief Quinones proudly serves the Denver Police Department and recognizes that the vast majority of its members are dedicated officers who regularly perform exceptional work under challenging circumstances. However, he is also a firm believer in holding officers accountable for their conduct. This ensures a high standard of excellence and that the goal of gaining the trust of the community is met while officers work to ensure the safety of our community.

Farrah Soudani

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Farrah was born and raised in Aurora, and is currently in school studying occupational therapy. She is a survivor of the 2012 Theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Casey O. Stewart, Psy.D., ABPP

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Dr. Casey O. Stewart is board certified in Police & Public Safety Psychology. He served as a psychologist at the NYPD in the Behavioral Sciences Unit and was Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He works at Corey & Stewart Consulting Psychologists providing a wide range of forensic assessment and consultation services to numerous government agencies and private corporations. Dr. Stewart is the Chair-Elect of APA, Division 18, Police and Public Safety Section and President of the American Academy of Police & Public Safety Psychology, the education arm of the American Board of Police & Public Safety Psychology, ABPP. He serves on the Ethics Committee of the Oregon Psychological Association and is a past member of the IACP Ethics Consultation Committee. Dr. Stewart received the American Psychological Association, Police & Public Safety Section’s research award for his study on the validity of personality testing in predicting police applicant suitability and continues to conduct sponsored research in the area of police and public safety selection. He has coauthored articles and a book chapter on topics related to the assessment of high-risk occupations and violence. Dr. Stewart is the recipient of the APA, Division 18, Police & Public Safety Section’s 2013 Eileen Gupton Award for Early Career Achievement in the field of Police and Public Safety Psychology. He was one of three co-chairs of the IACP Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Guidelines revision in 2013 and was selected to participate in the 2014 revision of the IACP Pre-employment Psychological Evaluation Guidelines. He is recently worked with a group of expert police psychologists on a white paper addressing the role of police psychology in police reform.

Jay A. Supnick, Ph.D., ABPP

Find out more about Jay Supnick and his work.

Jay A. Supnick, Ph.D., ABPP, is the founder of Law Enforcement Psychological Associates and is board certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Supnick received his doctorate from the State University of New York at Binghamton and did his internship at Brown University. Dr. Supnick is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Supnick is the Chair-Elect of the Police and Public Service Section of the American Psychological Association, a member of the Police Psychology Service Section of the IACP, a Diplomate in the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, a member of the American Psychology and Law Society and an Associate Member of the New York State Association of Chief’s of Police. He has consulted for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and he has been a member of guideline committees, including the Pre-employment Psychological Screening, Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations for Incumbent Officers, and Consultation to Law Enforcement Agencies for the IACP. He currently serves as the Chair of the APA Division 18, Ethics Task Force and as a Board Examiner for the American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology. Dr. Supnick has consulted with law enforcement, governmental agencies and with private industry in such areas as hiring employees for high reliability positions, leadership development, dealing with difficult employees, violence prevention, and threat assessment. 

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