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Bender Named Public Good Faculty of the Year

May 9, 2014

Associate Professor Kim Bender has been named the University of Denver's 2014 Public Good Faculty of the Year. The award was presented at the Pioneer Awards ceremony on May 8, 2014.

The Public Good Faculty award honors a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the public good by applying their knowledge and intellectual resources to enhance student learning, faculty research, social capital and community development.

Bender's research interests include development and adaptation of interventions to prevent adolescent problem behavior. She has published on such related topics as delinquency, teen pregnancy, and adolescent substance abuse and mental health. She is currently conducting research with homeless youth in metropolitan Denver, and with youth living in low-income housing developments, in an effort to understand the social-emotional needs of these populations and develop effective interventions.