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Thank you for your interest in the TSS Group and the PhD programs in the Psychology Department. I am interested in taking a student for Fall 2021. 

I mentor students from across department graduate programs. Students in the Child Clinical Psychology program receive clinical training to work with children and adolescents as well as adults, which fits well with the TSS Group's developmental research that reaches across the lifespan. My former students have gone on to careers focused in child and adolescent as well as adult psychology. 

You can catch regular updates on our work, including students' research efforts, our our blog  and in journal articles (available on this site). In these pages, you can also read more about ongoing team projects that:

  • Use basic science to identify consequences of gender-based violence and child abuse.
    • For example, we are currently doing data analysis in the Women's Health Project, which focuses on the impact of social reactions women received when disclosing sexual assault on psychological well being and engagement with the criminal justice system. 
  • Apply basic research to the design and testing of interventions.
    • For example, the SAFE Project is a randomized clinical trial testing the impact of a mindfulness-based curriculum designed to increase safety and decrease substance use among homeless youth. This project is a collaboration with Dr. Kim Bender (Graduate School of Social Work) and Denver's Urban Peak
  • Seek to understand the development and impact of community-coordinated responses to violence.
    • For example, the CARIT Project involved research into the impact of efforts to improve system responses to child abuse.
    • The OAR Project tests the impact of a multidisciplinary response to older adult abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. This project is a collaboration with Dr. Leslie Hasche (Graduate School of Social Work) and the Denver Forensic Collaborative. 
    • The Title IX Project studied the development of coordinated responses to sexual assault across criminal justice, campus, and community-based systems of care. 
  • Involve collaboration with community partners to answer real-world questions about policy and practice.
    • For example, the LINC Project involved research to identify gaps in legal services following crime. Using that research, LINC was developed and launched. Currently, we are evaluating the impact of LINC.

You are welcome to email me to introduce yourself; however, due to the volume of messages I receive, I am typically not able to provide individual responses. Given the volume of applications we receive and to be equally fair to all applicants, I do not meet with anyone individually until the time of the interviews. Please do rest assured that your application will be given full consideration. I personally read each application to work with me to identify applicants with strong research experience and interests that are well-matched to the TSS Group.

If you have questions about admission criteria, please visit the Psychology Department website for more information.

If you have questions about the application process, please feel free to contact Paula Houghtaling, the Graduate Program Administrator, at

Prospective Research Assistants

The TSS Group relies on the important contributions of undergraduate research assistant (RA) team members. RAs work with us in volunteer, student employment, and class-credit (Psy 2112) positions. RAs help with all stages of the research process. We generally ask for a minimum of a 2-quarter commitment at 6-9 hours per week. For more information about available positions, please call 303-871-7407. Generally speaking, we recruit new RA team members in the Fall and therefore have few positions open Winter and Spring quarters.

To apply for an RA position (volunteer, student employment, or course-credit), you will have to complete an application. After we review your application, we may set up an interview to evaluate the match between our group and your interests.  


Last updated: 23June2020