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Meet the Group

Our program of community-engaged research incorporates multiple voices (e.g., student researchers; youth and adult participants; university and community partners) and perspectives (e.g., research, policy, practice). We are pleased to introduce you to some of the people who make our work possible here. 

Our Group


Anne DePrince, Ph.D.

Director, TSS Group
Phone: 303-871-2939

Anne is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology as well as Director of the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL). A scholar-teacher, she works with a team of student researchers to study trauma, particularly intimate violence, which disproportionately affects women and children. Using a community-engaged approach, DePrince works with community partners to identify research questions that can inform policy and practice while advancing our scientific understanding of trauma outcomes and interventions. For example, she works with criminal justice (e.g., Denver Police Department, Denver District Attorney's Office) and community-based agencies (e.g., Rose Andom Center, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center) to identify factors that predict trauma-related outcomes as well as test interventions following intimate violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Her research was recognized by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crimes with the Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award for her contributions to the nation's understanding of crime victims' issues (check out a short video here). As a clinical scientist, she incorporates both research and community-engagement into her classes and mentoring with both undergraduate and graduate students. For example, undergraduate and graduate students in her research methods classes have applied what they were learning to research questions posed by community partners.

Anne's vita is available here.

Maria-Ernestina Christl

3rd Year Graduate Student (Child Clinical, DCN Programs)

Maria-Ernestina is interested in identifying variables that contribute to revictimization and the intergenerational transmission of abuse as well as investigating the effects of violence and trauma on the immediate and long-term well-being of mothers and their children to develop effective prevention and intervention services. She is especially interested in working with Latino families. She graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2017 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she volunteered in a child abuse and parenting lab as well as a child safety lab. Maria-Ernestina also volunteered in a parent management training clinic with children and teens with ODD or CD in Birmingham.


Julie Olomi

on internship (Child Clinical, DCN Programs)

Julie’s research interests include understanding the effects of trauma on cognitive, social-emotional, and behavioral development; particularly, the long term effects of childhood maltreatment and subsequent risks for youth revictimization. She graduated with a BA in psychology from UC Davis, and has worked as a research assistant examining the adverse effects of childhood maltreatment, as well as a counselor for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.

Adi Rosenthal 

3rd year Graduate Student (Child Clinical, DCN Programs)

Adi's research questions focus on understanding barriers to service engagement as well as the relationship between cognition and adaptive coping among survivors of physical and sexual violence. She graduated with a BA in psychology from Emory university and has previously worked in as a research assistant examining early identification of psychosis and the interplay of trauma exposure, atypical development, and psychosis.

Becky Suzuki 

Starting soon! Stay tuned!


Naomi Wright

5th Year Graduate Student (Child Clinical, DCN Programs)

Naomi's research questions center around how contextual factors mediate differences in trauma-related responses, likelihood of treatment seeking, and healing and resilience. She graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2015 from University of Oregon where she served as a trauma psychology research assistant. Naomi also worked with justice-system-involved youth in Eugene, OR, and hospitalized adults with substance use needs in Portland, OR.

Research Collaborators

We collaborate with other researchers locally, nationally, and internationally.  

Community Partners

We partner with a host of agencies locally, including (but not limited to): 

  • The Blue Bench (formerly Rape Assistance and Awareness Program (RAAP))
  • The Rose Andom Center
  • Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center
  • Denver City Attorney's Office
  • Denver District Attorney's Office
  • Denver Police Department, Victim Assistance Unit
  • Sexual Assault Interagency Council (SAIC)

Research Program Partners

Texas A&M Geoservices


We are proud of and grateful to the PhD and Honors Students who have left their mark on our group.



  • Ann Chu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco 
  • Melody Combs, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Department of Radiology, University of Colorado Denver and the Children’s Hospital 
  • Rebecca Babcock Fenerci, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Brown University
  • Kerry Gagnon, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist / Behavioral Health Consultant, Denver Health
  • Claire Hebenstreit, Ph.D., Psychology Staff, VA Palo Alto Health Care System; Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated), Standford University
  • Michelle Lee, Ph.D., Data Scientist, Dataiku
  • Ryan Matlow, Ph.D., Director of Community Research Programs, Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University
  • Rheena Pineda, Ph.D., Director, Behavioral Sciences Training, Valley Family Medicine Residency of Modesto
  • Jackie Rea, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Neurobehavioral Associates
  • Aimee Reichmann-Decker, Ph.D., Teaching Professor, Psychology Department, University of Denver
  • Lindsay Smart, Ph.D.
  • Tejas Srinivas, Ph.D., Operational Stress Injury Clinic, The Royal
  • Jane Sundermann, MA
  • Kristin Weinzierl, Ph.D., Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services, British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
  • Courtney Welton-Mitchell, Director, Human Assistance Applied Research Group (HAARG), Humanitarian Assistance Program, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.
  • Pallavi Visvanathan, Ph.D., Omni Institute

Honors Students:

  • Avery Stackle (Honors Student, 2019-2020)
  • Madison Hakey (Honors Student, 2019-2020)
  • Carlyn Scheu (Honors Student, 2017-2018)
  • Saman Rizvi (Honors Student, 2016-2017)
  • Amber Morse (Honors Student, 2012-2013)
  • Courtney Kerivan (Honors Student, 2011-2012)
  • Jenna Lindsay-Brisbin (Honors Student, 2010-2011)
  • Ana Britton (Honors Student, 2008-2009)
  • Amy Chianese (Honors Student, 2006-2007)
  • Ryann Peyton (Honors Student, 2003-2004)



Last updated: 19June2020