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Candelaria, Ana, Ph.D.


Candelaria, Ana, Ph.D. : Educational Services Clinic Director and Assistant Clinical Professor

Educational Services Clinic Director and Assistant Clinical Professor

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic/ Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-2838, KRH 146

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Dr. Candelaria received her PhD from the University of Denver. She began her career as a preschool teacher and coach of sports camps for young children. She worked at the Fisher Early Learning Center for four years before returning to graduate school to become a school psychologist. Dr. Candelaria worked in Denver Public Schools (DPS) for eight years as a school psychologist, primarily working in high needs schools. During her time in DPS, Dr. Candelaria focused her efforts on home-school partnerships and positive behavior interventions and supports. She coordinated the Parent-Teacher Home Visit program at her elementary school and also chaired the Positive Behavior Intervention Support team. She implemented a school-based mentoring program and introduced restorative justice interventions to her school as an alternative to traditional discipline measures. Dr. Candelaria also worked for the Volunteers in Partnership program at DU from 2005-2012, where she supervised undergraduate students and facilitated a seminar for first-year students. Her research interests include: Latino family involvement, cultural narratives, home-school partnerships, resiliency in children, and restorative justice approaches to school discipline. Dr. Candelaria enjoys spending time with her family, reading, practicing yoga, playing sports, and exploring nature.

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Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D.


Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Early Childhood Special Education and Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-2496, KRH 348

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Dr. Jeanine Coleman is part of Curriculum, Studies & Teaching. She is the Clinical Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Special Education program.  Dr. Coleman has an MA in Early Childhood Special Education and she received her PhD from the University of Denver in the Child, Family & School Psychology program. She has served as a teacher, advocate, and interventionist for very young children with special needs and their families across the state.  She worked on the Early Childhood Team in the Lieutenant Governor’s office under Dr. Barbara O’Brien and has worked for Head Start, Adams County Five Star Schools, Fisher Early Learning Center, and Denver Public Schools.  Dr. Coleman consults with school districts across Colorado and other states on the Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment and Intervention process.  Her research interests include families with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, assessments methods for young children, and working with families going through the early intervention/special education processes.

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Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D.


Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D. : Department Chair, and Associate Professor

Department Chair, and Associate Professor

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences and Child Family, and School Psychology
303-871-2961, KRH 256

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Dr. Hazel received her PhD from the University of Northern Colorado.  She has coordinated arts-based after-school programs for urban youth, served as the Behavior Evaluation and Support Teams Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education, and practiced as a school psychologist in communities of predominately poor, Latino families from preschool through secondary levels.  Dr. Hazel is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist through the National Association of School Psychologists and the President of the Trainers of School Psychologists.  Her research interests include student school engagement, data-driven decision making, supporting students to graduate from high school with their cohort, preventing bullying, and consulting.  Dr. Hazel has one daughter and likes to raft with her family in the summer and ski with them in the winter.

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Miller, Gloria E, Ph.D.


Miller, Gloria E, Ph.D. : Endowed Professor in Literacy

Endowed Professor in Literacy

Early Childhood Special Education, and Child Family, and School Psychology
303-871-3340, KRH 254

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Dr. Miller received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  After graduation, she took a position in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina where she taught undergraduate and graduate students for 11 years, practiced as a school psychologist, served as the undergraduate program director, and co-directed the Child and Family Studies Center, a NIMH research project investigating family-based treatment to prevent aggressive and challenging behaviors in young children. Dr. Miller’s publications include articles, chapters, and books on home and school prevention and intervention strategies to enhance early literacy, self-regulation and social emotional development. Her personal interests include reading, hiking, skiing, tennis, gardening, traveling, and "playing" with her husband of over 35 years and her daughter.

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Raines, Tara C., Ph.D., N.C.S.P.


Raines, Tara C., Ph.D., N.C.S.P. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-7015, KRH 260

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Tara C. Raines, Ph.D., N.C.S.P. is an Assistant Professor in the Child, Family, and School Psychology program and affiliate faculty member of the Center for Multicultural Excellence at University of Denver. Dr. Raines received an undergraduate and M.A. degree in Special Education from Florida State University, a M.A. and specialist degree in School Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and she ultimately obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Georgia State University. She investigates early identification of behavioral and emotional disorders, subsequent interventions and outcomes across different groups. More recently, Dr. Raines partnered with Clark County Schools and the City of Las Vegas on their implementation of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative that was recently adopted by President Obama to expand opportunity at key moments in the lives of young men of color. She is leading the program evaluation and providing technical assistance for participating schools. In addition to her passion for research, Dr. Raines is also dedicated to the improvement of cultural competence and increase of bilingual practitioners in the fields of mental health and education.

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Riley, Karen S, Ph.D.


Riley, Karen S, Ph.D. : Dean and Associate Professor

Dean and Associate Professor

Dean's Office/ Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-3665, KRH 326

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Dr. Riley is the Dean for the Morgridge College of Educational at the University of Denver. Her education includes a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University; a M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies from the University of Denver. She completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship at The Children’s Hospital in Denver in the Fragile X Treatment and Research Center and subsequently worked at the Child Development Unit within The Children’s Hospital. She currently has a dual faculty appointment in the Child, Family and School Psychology Program and the Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences .

Dr. Riley currently serves on the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board for the National Fragile X Foundation. She is also a member of the ad hoc research committee for the National Fragile X Syndrome Clinic and has authored the Fragile X School Services Guidelines and Toileting issues in fragile X syndrome which are part of Practice Guidelines for Fragile X-associated Disorders. She has recently been contracted to develop and implement a training program for teachers in Guatemala. This pre-service program will be a part of the university teachers’ program and will focus on how to work with children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

She has over 15 years of experience in teaching and administration of early childhood special education programs. She has an additional 15 years of experience working with children who have neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. She is currently the PI on a Professional Development grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as an educational game development grant from DARPA. She has been and is currently involved in several psycho-pharmacological studies and other research projects related to fragile X syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Particular areas of interest and expertise include assessment and intervention of infants and preschoolers, curriculum development, school consultation, behavioral interventions and low incidence disabilities. She lectures extensively throughout the US as well as internationally, on behavioral and educational interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders primarily those with fragile X syndrome.

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Talapatra, Devadrita


Talapatra, Devadrita : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Child, Family, and School Psychology
303-871-3352, KRH 255

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Dr. Devadrita Talapatra is an Assistant Professor in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program within the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. She received her B.S. from Emory University in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a Doctorate in School Psychology from Georgia State University Dr. Talapatra began her career as a high school special education teacher working with students on the Autism Spectrum. At her school, she organized an after-school club, BEST (Bringing Exceptional Students Together) to promote social inclusion of students with disabilities in the larger high school community. Dr. Talapatra has clinical expertise working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder; she completed her predoctoral internship at a developmental clinic and served as a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellow at Georgia State University. Dr. Talapatra’s research interests focus on enhancing outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities through promotion of inclusion in post-secondary settings, development of adaptive and academic interventions to improve post-school transition and self-determination, and training of school psychologists to increase their presence in transition services. When she is not at school, Dr. Talapatra enjoys outdoor activities with her dog, reading a good book, and finding delicious food.

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Counseling Psychology

Chao, Ruth, Ph.D.


Chao, Ruth, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-2556, KRH 261

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Dr. Chao received her PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, and received the American Psychological Fund Award (2007), the American Psychological Association Grant Award (2007), PROF (2010), and other grants. She publishes in Journal of Counseling Psychology, Psychological Assessment, and Journal of Counseling and Development. Dr. Chao’s primary research interests include multicultural counseling, counselor’s cultural competencies, issues of cultural diversity, racism and mental health, and social justice. She enjoys doing yoga, hiking, traveling, listening to musicals, and eating a wide variety of foods.

Dr. Chao was recently ranked as one of the top 99 counseling psychology professors in the U.S by mastersincounseling.org

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Cross, William E. Jr, Ph.D.


Cross, William E. Jr, Ph.D. : Clinical Professor

Clinical Professor

Higher Education and Counseling Psychology
303-871-4592, KRH 355

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Dr. Cross received his PhD from Princeton University.  He holds professor emeritus status from another university but remains active, and he is President-Elect for Div. 45 (APA).  Dr. Cross’ recent publications interrogate the structure of the self-concept; the range of identity profiles found among African American adults; cultural epiphanies; the identity implications of cultural miseducation and false consciousness; and the multiple ways racial identity is enacted in everyday life.  He is a dedicated audiophile and is never far from music.

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Faragher, Mike, Psy.D.


Faragher, Mike, Psy.D. : Director, Addictions Specialization

Director, Addictions Specialization

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic/ Counseling Psychology
303-871-2636, KRH 225

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Dr. Faragher received his PsyD from the University of Northern Colorado.  He is a licensed psychologist and the Director of the Problem Gambling Treatment and Research Center and organizes the Colorado Certified Addiction Counselor Level II (CACII) elective coursework track in the Counseling Psychology Program. Dr. Faragher is certified as a Level II National Gambling Counselor, as a Board Approved Clinical Consultant by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board, and as Level III Senior Addiction Counselor by Colorado Office of Behavioral Health.  His areas of research include cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, problem gambling, and addictive behaviors.  Dr. Faragher enjoys golfing, fishing, and travel.

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Garriott, Patton, Ph.D.


Garriott, Patton, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-6758, KRH 253

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Dr. Garriott received his PhD from the University of Missouri.  He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the APA, and the Society for Vocational Psychology. His work has been recognized by Division 17 of the APA and the National Career Development Association.  He is currently a Co-Investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, which focuses on the career development of women and Latinas/os in engineering. Dr. Garriott’s primary areas of research include the academic and career development of students underrepresented in higher education, multicultural issues in vocational psychology, as well as race and racism.  He is an avid distance runner and enjoys biking, cooking, and spending time with his family.

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McRae, Cyndy, Ph.D.


McRae, Cyndy, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-2475, KRH 225

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Dr. McRae received her PhD from the University of Iowa.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association and became a Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology in 2013. Dr. McRae is also a member of the Movement Disorder Society and is the only non-MD to be chosen as an Investigator in the Parkinson Study Group.  Her areas of research include psychosocial adjustment of persons with Parkinson's disease, caregiver issues, quality of life in chronic illness, the placebo effect, and the effects of "Dance for PD" on daily lives.  Aside from work, Dr. McRae enjoys spending time with her family and performing music.

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Muino, Lizzie


Muino, Lizzie : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-3784, KRH 262

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Lizzie previously held a staff psychologist candidate position at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan. She currently has a small private practice. Her research areas include dyadic adjustment in interracial couples, barriers to outpatient discharge, emotionally abusive intimate partnerships, and insight in mental illness.

Olson-Garriott, Amber, Ph.D.


Olson-Garriott, Amber, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-3784, KRH 262

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Dr. Olson-Garriott received her PhD from the University of Denver and is a licensed psychologist.  Her research interests include grief experiences of bereaved individuals, issues related to social class, academic development of first generation college students, and multicultural psychology.  Dr. Olson-Garriott enjoys cooking, baking, riding her bike, exercising, and spending time with her friends, family and dog, Parker.

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Owen, Jesse, Ph.D.


Owen, Jesse, Ph.D. : Department Chair and Associate Professor

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Department of Counseling Psychology
303-871-2482, KRH 259

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Dr. Jesse Owen earned his BS from Ball State University, his master's degree from U of Miami, and his doctorate from DU. He has worked at Gannon University and University of Louisville prior to joining the faculty at DU. He is a licensed psychologist and has had a private practice at times over the last decade. He is currently an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Counseling Psychology at DU. His research focuses on psychotherapy processes and outcomes as well as romantic relationships. He is currently an Associate Editor for two APA journals (Psychotherapy and Journal of Counseling Psychology) and another top tier journal (Archives of Sexual Behavior).
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Pusavat, Andi, PhD


Pusavat, Andi, PhD : Counseling Services Clinic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor

Counseling Services Clinic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic/ Counseling Psychology
303-871-3230, KRH 145

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Dr. Pusavat received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She was formerly with the Iliff Counseling Center where she served as the Director for six years. Other career highlights include President of the Colorado Society of Psychologists in Private Practice for two years; founding member of the Colorado Psychological Association Society for the Advancement of Multiculturalism and Diversity; and presenter at the American Psychological Association and National Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan.  Dr. Pusavat’s research interests include multicultural counseling, social justice, trauma, interpersonal partner violence, and training and supervision.

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Raque-Bogdan, Trisha


Raque-Bogdan, Trisha : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-4522, KRH 263

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Dr. Trish Raque-Bogdan received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2013.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, and is on the Board of the Division 17 Health Psychology Section.  She will begin serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Counseling Psychology in 2016.  Dr. Raque-Bogdan’s areas of research include women’s health issues, with a specific focus on cancer survivorship; the relation between well-being and physical health outcomes; career development; and qualitative research.  Dr. Raque-Bogdan is the 2015 recipient of the American Psychological Foundation Bruce and Jane Walsh Grant in Memory of John Holland to conduct a longitudinal study on the role of meaningful work in the mental and physical well-being of cancer survivors.  As a former scholar of Russian history and library science, she enjoys people’s life stories and tales of resilience as expressed in history, literature, and the psychotherapy process.

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Riva, Maria, PhD


Riva, Maria, PhD : Professor and Training Director

Professor and Training Director

Counseling Psychology
303-871-2484, KRH 257

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Dr. Riva received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is a past President of the APA Division 49, Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, and on the editorial board of Group Dynamics; and Teaching and Education in Professional Psychology (TEPP). Dr. Riva is a past President of the Association of Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), and a Fellow of ASGW. She is also co-editor of the Handbook of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (2004, 2014), and many other articles on group psychotherapy. Her research interests include group leadership, group supervision, adolescent development, and working with marginalized adolescents and school success. Dr. Riva is passionate about group counseling and psychotherapy, diversity considerations in groups, and training and supervision in counseling psychology.

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Tomlin, Vicki, Ph.D.


Tomlin, Vicki, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor, Licensed School Psychologist and Counselor

Clinical Assistant Professor, Licensed School Psychologist and Counselor

Counseling Psychology
303 871-3784, KRH 262

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Dr. Tomlin received her PhD from the University of Denver and served as a school psychologist for K-12 youth for many years in public schools and on CSAP's Project Youth Connect Steering Committee to develop cross-site instrumentation for assessing positive youth development for fifteen study sites comprised of African American, Latino, Navajo, Yankton Sioux, and Asian / Pacific Island target populations.  Dr. Tomlin also led Center for Disease and Control’s empowerment evaluation processes to enhance the effectiveness of statewide prevention programs in under-represented Colorado communities. She maintains an interest in working in marginalized communities with research interests in advocacy models for Black males in urban schools, cultural adjustment of refugee youth, development of Emotional Emancipation Circles in Black communities, and evaluation-capacity building in historically marginalized communities.

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Curriculum and Instruction

Clements, Douglas H, Ph.D.


Clements, Douglas H, Ph.D. : Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, and Director

Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, and Director

Curriculum and Instruction, Kennedy Institute for Educational Success, and Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-3983, KRH 154

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Dr. Clements received his PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Previously a preschool and kindergarten teacher, he has conducted funded research and published over 500 articles and books in the areas of the learning and teaching of early mathematics and computer applications in mathematics education. Dr. Clements was a member of President Bush's National Math Advisory Panel, the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Mathematics the Common Core State Standards committee and a coauthor of their reports.  His research interests include creating, using and evaluating research-based curricula, taking successful curricula to scale using technologies, and learning trajectories in standards, assessment, curriculum and professional development.

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Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D.


Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D. :  Clinical Professor and Ricks Endowed Chair for Gifted Education

Clinical Professor and Ricks Endowed Chair for Gifted Education

Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education Program, and Institute for the Development of Gifted Education
303-871-2527, KRH 359

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Dr. Hafenstein received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She founded the Ricks Center for Gifted Children and the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education.  Dr. Hafenstein also serves as a member of the Colorado Department of Education Gifted and Talented Endorsement Standards Committee.  Her research interests include young gifted children, information-processing styles, social and emotional development, mathematical ability, and individualized educational planning.  Dr. Hafenstein loves music, is a classically trained pianist, currently performs in a women’s choir, is an avid reader, and is interested in art from Impressionist Era to Southwest works.

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Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D.


Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D. : Department Chair, and Associate Professor

Department Chair, and Associate Professor

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences and Child Family, and School Psychology
303-871-2961, KRH 256

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Dr. Hazel received her PhD from the University of Northern Colorado.  She has coordinated arts-based after-school programs for urban youth, served as the Behavior Evaluation and Support Teams Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education, and practiced as a school psychologist in communities of predominately poor, Latino families from preschool through secondary levels.  Dr. Hazel is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist through the National Association of School Psychologists and the President of the Trainers of School Psychologists.  Her research interests include student school engagement, data-driven decision making, supporting students to graduate from high school with their cohort, preventing bullying, and consulting.  Dr. Hazel has one daughter and likes to raft with her family in the summer and ski with them in the winter.

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Kitchen, Richard, Ph.D.


Kitchen, Richard, Ph.D. : Professor and Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education

Professor and Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education

Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education Program, and Kennedy Institute for Educational Success/ Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences
303-871-2255, KRH 337

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Dr. Kitchen received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He graduated from Denver East High School, started his teaching career in the Denver Public Schools, and B.F. Kitchen Elementary in Loveland, Colorado is named after his grandfather.  Prior to joining the Morgridge faculty in the fall of 2012, Dr. Kitchen was a professor of leadership in mathematics education at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where he held a dual position in the Educational Leadership degree program and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.  His research interests include Diversity and Equity in Mathematics Education, School Reform at Urban Schools that Serve the Poor, Formative Assessment of English Language Learners, and History of Education in the U.S.

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Michalec, Paul, Ph.D.


Michalec, Paul, Ph.D. : Clinical Professor

Clinical Professor

Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Education Program
303-871-7952, KRH 343

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Dr. Michalec received his PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  He is the former director of student teaching at Skidmore College, serves on editorial boards for the newsletter EnCouragement and the journal Democracy and Education, leads professional development for religious communities, and is a founding member of Colorado Courage and Renewal.  His research interests include teacher education, effective instruction in higher education, spiritual dimensions of teaching, and teacher renewal/formation.  Dr. Michalec enjoys biking, baking, drawing, nature study, pursuing a MA in Theological Studies, and reading in the areas of theology, poetry, philosophy, identity, and educational-spiritual reform.

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Joseph, Nicole, Ph.D.


Joseph, Nicole, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Education Program
303-871-2487, KRH 349

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Dr. Joseph received her PhD from the University of Washington.  She has over 10 years of teaching and coaching experience in urban schools.  Dr. Joseph previously held a mathematics instructional coach position at TAF Academy, a STEM and college readiness school in Seattle. Her research interests include examining the role of race and culture in mathematics teaching and learning specifically for African American students, working with pre-service and in-service teachers to operationalize components of culturally responsive mathematics teaching into explicit instructional practices, and the history of mathematics education of African Americans (1860s to 20th century).  Dr. Joseph enjoys spending time with family and friends and getting spa treatments.

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Sarama, Julie, PhD


Sarama, Julie, PhD : Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies

Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies

Curriculum and Instruction and Kennedy Institute for Educational Success
303-871-3983, KRH 152

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Dr. Sarama received her PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.  She designed and programmed over 50 published computer programs, including her version of Logo and Logo-based software activities (Turtle Math™, which was awarded Technology & Learning Software of the Year award, 1995, in the category "Math").  Dr. Sarama has taught secondary mathematics and computer science, gifted math at the middle school level, preschool and kindergarten mathematics enrichment classes, and mathematics methods and content courses for elementary to secondary teachers.  Her research interests include developing and evaluating research-based educational software and other technologies, using learning trajectories in standards, assessment, educational technology, curriculum and professional development, developing and evaluating research-based curricula, and asking successful curricula to scale using technologies

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Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D.


Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Research Methods and Statistics, Curriculum and Instruction, and Teacher Education Program
303-871-2483, KRH 344

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Dr. Uhrmacher received his PhD from Stanford University.  He served as President of the American Association For Teaching and Curriculum and was honored with the University of Denver Distinguished Teaching Award.  Dr. Uhrmacher has served as the department chair of Educational Research, Policy, and Practice and as Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. He was also the co-editor of the Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue and book review editor of the International Journal of Leadership in Education. Dr. Uhrmacher currently serves as the faculty advisor for the Creativity Institute for Teachers.  His research interests include arts-based research, qualitative research, alternative school settings, curriculum theory and practice, Waldorf education.  Dr. Uhrmacher is a St. Louis Cardinals fan. He recently started playing drums, and is a music aficionado of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, and especially western swing music.

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Early Childhood Special Education

Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D.


Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Early Childhood Special Education and Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-2496, KRH 348

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Dr. Jeanine Coleman is part of Curriculum, Studies & Teaching. She is the Clinical Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Special Education program.  Dr. Coleman has an MA in Early Childhood Special Education and she received her PhD from the University of Denver in the Child, Family & School Psychology program. She has served as a teacher, advocate, and interventionist for very young children with special needs and their families across the state.  She worked on the Early Childhood Team in the Lieutenant Governor’s office under Dr. Barbara O’Brien and has worked for Head Start, Adams County Five Star Schools, Fisher Early Learning Center, and Denver Public Schools.  Dr. Coleman consults with school districts across Colorado and other states on the Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment and Intervention process.  Her research interests include families with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, assessments methods for young children, and working with families going through the early intervention/special education processes.

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Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D.


Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D. : Department Chair, and Associate Professor

Department Chair, and Associate Professor

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences and Child Family, and School Psychology
303-871-2961, KRH 256

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Dr. Hazel received her PhD from the University of Northern Colorado.  She has coordinated arts-based after-school programs for urban youth, served as the Behavior Evaluation and Support Teams Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education, and practiced as a school psychologist in communities of predominately poor, Latino families from preschool through secondary levels.  Dr. Hazel is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist through the National Association of School Psychologists and the President of the Trainers of School Psychologists.  Her research interests include student school engagement, data-driven decision making, supporting students to graduate from high school with their cohort, preventing bullying, and consulting.  Dr. Hazel has one daughter and likes to raft with her family in the summer and ski with them in the winter.

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Miller, Gloria E, Ph.D.


Miller, Gloria E, Ph.D. : Endowed Professor in Literacy

Endowed Professor in Literacy

Early Childhood Special Education, and Child Family, and School Psychology
303-871-3340, KRH 254

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Dr. Miller received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  After graduation, she took a position in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina where she taught undergraduate and graduate students for 11 years, practiced as a school psychologist, served as the undergraduate program director, and co-directed the Child and Family Studies Center, a NIMH research project investigating family-based treatment to prevent aggressive and challenging behaviors in young children. Dr. Miller’s publications include articles, chapters, and books on home and school prevention and intervention strategies to enhance early literacy, self-regulation and social emotional development. Her personal interests include reading, hiking, skiing, tennis, gardening, traveling, and "playing" with her husband of over 35 years and her daughter.

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Candelarie, Doris


Candelarie, Doris : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-6560. KRH 353

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Dr. Candelarie received her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Denver.  She spent the last 28 years in public education as an elementary and middle school teacher, elementary and middle school principal, and central office administrator.  In 2014, she was recognized as the Colorado National Distinguished Principal for her work at Sanchez International School, a former turnaround school.  Dr. Candelarie recently transitioned from the public school world to a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver.  Her life’s work and research interests include breaking the cycle of poverty through education, school regeneration, turnaround leadership, parent and community engagement in schools, and leading equity and social justice practices in educational systems.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling off the beaten path, cooking, reading, getting outdoors in nature and yoga.

Hesbol, Kristina, Ph.D.


Hesbol, Kristina, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-2479, KRH 360

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Dr. Hesbol received her PhD from Loyola University-Chicago.  In her forty-year career in education, she has taught preK-high school students in public schools, as well as graduate students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and at Illinois State University.   Dr. Hesbol served as building principal in several culturally and linguistically diverse school districts, as the Coordinator of Literacy and School Improvement in a linguistically and culturally diverse suburban Chicago school district, as an assistant superintendent for human resources for a large unit school district, and has consulted nationally in literacy leadership. As a professor at UIUC, she was named one of twelve Stafford Fellows for the National Institute for Leadership on Disability and Students Placed At-Risk (NILDSPAR).  Dr. Hesbol’s research interests include transformative leadership, learning organizations, and equity.   In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, spending time with her family, traveling back roads, and antiquing.

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Kipp, Patricia, M.A.


Kipp, Patricia, M.A. : Assistant Professor of the Practice

Assistant Professor of the Practice

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
303-871-7517, KRH 338

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Ms. Kipp received her MA from the University of Colorado-Denver.  She served as a mentor principal for the DPS Ritchie Program during the 2003-04 school year and became an adjunct instructor in 2006. Since 2007, she has served as the lead instructor for the Adams County Ritchie Program. Ms. Kipp came to the University of Denver from a 31-year career in the Denver Public Schools as a teacher, Program Director, Chapter I instructor, Administrative Assistant, and Principal.   She enjoys traveling and sports.

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Korach, Susan, Ed.D.


Korach, Susan, Ed.D. : Department Chair and Associate Professor

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-2212, KRH 356

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Dr. Korach received her EdD from the University of Houston.  She co-created the Ritchie Program for School Leaders in partnership with Denver Public Schools.  Dr. Korach is an active participant with the Alliance to Reform Educational Leadership, University Council of Educational Administration, and the National Center for the Evaluation of Educational Leadership Preparation and Practice.  Her research focus is on leadership preparation, learning transfer, university/district partnerships, and institutional change. She enjoys golf, tennis, and spending time with family and friends.

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McClure, Rebecca, M.A.


McClure, Rebecca, M.A. : Assistant Professor of the Practice

Assistant Professor of the Practice

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-6531, KRH 362

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Ms. McClure received her MA from the University of Northern Colorado.  She retired from the Boulder Valley School District as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in 2011, where she served for six years. Prior to that time, she was the Executive Director of Human Resources, Student Services and Achievement with Brighton School District 27J for 26 years.  She is an active member of the Colorado Association of School Executives and conducts training in supervision and evaluation, human resources, and leadership topics.

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Miller-Brown, Ellen, Ph.D.


Miller-Brown, Ellen, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor of the Practice

Assistant Professor of the Practice

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-2295, KRH 338

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Dr. Miller-Brown received her PhD from the University of New Mexico.  She has spent 37 years in education as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of professional development, director of middle schools, and chief academic officer in public schools.  Dr. Miller-Brown’s expertise lies in the areas of school improvement, equitable achievement, adult and student learning, and developing positive, collaborative cultures. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends hiking, running, swimming, reading, and gardening.

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Higher Education

Cross, William E. Jr, Ph.D.


Cross, William E. Jr, Ph.D. : Clinical Professor

Clinical Professor

Higher Education and Counseling Psychology
303-871-4592, KRH 355

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Dr. Cross received his PhD from Princeton University.  He holds professor emeritus status from another university but remains active, and he is President-Elect for Div. 45 (APA).  Dr. Cross’ recent publications interrogate the structure of the self-concept; the range of identity profiles found among African American adults; cultural epiphanies; the identity implications of cultural miseducation and false consciousness; and the multiple ways racial identity is enacted in everyday life.  He is a dedicated audiophile and is never far from music.

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Gildersleeve, Ryan Evely, Ph.D.


Gildersleeve, Ryan Evely, Ph.D. : Department Chair and Associate Professor

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Higher Education
303-871-4573, KRH 357

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Dr. Gildersleeve received his PhD from the University of California-Los Angeles.  He was a 2012 National Academy of Education / Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Gildersleeve received the 2011 Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association's Division D – Research Methodology. His practical experience ranges across P-20 education in primarily out-of-classroom learning contexts with non-dominant youth.  Dr. Gildersleeve’s research agenda investigates the social and political contexts of educational opportunity for historically marginalized communities, focusing on college access and success for Latina/o (im)migrant families, critical higher education policy, and critical qualitative inquiry.

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Kiyama, Judy Marquez, Ph.D.


Kiyama, Judy Marquez, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Higher Education
303-871-3753, KRH 363

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Dr. Kiyama received her PhD from the University of Arizona. Dr. Kiyama’s research examines the structures that shape educational opportunities for underserved groups through an asset-based lens to better understand the collective knowledge and resources drawn upon to confront, negotiate, and (re)shape such structures. Her research is organized in three interconnected areas: the role of parents and families; equity and power in educational research; and underserved groups as collective networks of change. Dr. Kiyama’s current projects focus on the high school to college transition experiences of first-generation, and low-income, and families of color and their role in serving as sources of cultural support for their college-aged students. In 2014 Dr. Kiyama was awarded the Mildred García Exemplary Scholarship Award.

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Orphan, Cecilia, PhD


Orphan, Cecilia, PhD : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Higher Education
303-871-3619, KRH 354

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Dr. Cecilia M. Orphan holds a PhD in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Portland State University. Dr. Orphan’s research centers on the effects of neoliberal ideology and public policy on the democratic purpose of higher education, the role of open access universities in facilitating opportunity and regional civic life. From 2006-2011, Dr. Orphan directed the American Democracy Project, a national civic engagement initiative involving 240 colleges and universities.  In 2011, Dr. Orphan was awarded the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, a national award given by AASCU presented annually to an emerging leader in the civic engagement field.

Sponsler, Laura


Sponsler, Laura : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Higher Education
303-871-2720, KRH 352

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Dr. Laura E. Sponsler is appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor, Higher Education in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Dr. Sponsler received her doctoral degree in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Joseph’s University and a master’s degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, Dr. Sponsler served as the founding director for NASPA’s Lead Initiative, a project recognizing a network of nearly 100 postsecondary institutions for their commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement.  Dr. Sponsler represented NASPA and its civic work with local, regional, and national partners.  She also collaborated with NASPA's Professional Development team to incorporate civic learning and democratic engagement into conferences and professional development opportunities for NASPA members.  In addition, she provided research support to the NASPA Research and Policy Institute. Prior to her scholarly work, Dr. Sponsler served as a practitioner in student affairs.  She coordinated the Franklin Community, which is dedicated to developing civic leaders for an increasingly democratic and culturally complex world.  Dr. Sponsler also served as the Assistant Director of Service-Learning in an immersion program along the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico as well as coordinated service and leadership programming at Cabrini College.

Tuitt, Franklin A, Ed.D.


Tuitt, Franklin A, Ed.D. : Associate Professor, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost on Inclusive Excellence

Associate Professor, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost on Inclusive Excellence

Higher Education
303-871-2591, KRH 226

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Dr. Tuitt received his EdD from Harvard University.  He is the Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, Provost on Inclusive Excellence, and an Associate Professor of Higher Education at the Morgridge College of Education. Dr. Tuitt’s research explores topics related to access and equity in higher education; teaching and learning in racially diverse college classrooms; and diversity and organizational transformation. His scholarship critically examines issues of race, Inclusive Excellence and diversity in and outside the classroom from the purview of faculty and students.

In 2014 Dr. Tuitt was awarded the Mildred García Exemplary Scholarship Award.

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Library and Information Science

Assefa, Shimelis, Ph.D.


Assefa, Shimelis, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Library and Information Science
303-871-6072, KRH 244

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Dr. Assefa received his PhD from the University of North Texas.  He is active at the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and Association of Library & Information Science Education (ALISE). Dr. Assefa served and continues to serve as co-chair at the SIG International Issues in Information (SIG III of ASIS&T) and Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award of ALISE.  His research activities are anchored around two fundamental notions in the field of library and information science: (1) the nexus between human cognitive agent and the bibliographic universe, and (2) the interaction between work systems and technology systems.  Dr. Assefa enjoys biking, sightseeing, swimming, and spending time with family.

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Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D.


Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D. : Department Chair and Professor

Department Chair and Professor

Department of Research Methods and Information Sciences and Research Methods and Statistics
303-871-2477, KRH 252

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Dr. Cutforth received his PhD from the University of Illinois-Chicago.  He has been conducting research with schools and community-based organizations for over 15 years. His research and teaching interests include school health and physical activity environments, qualitative research, physical activity and youth development, university/community partnerships, and community-based research.  His current research involves school-based intervention studies related to physical activity and healthy eating among K-12 students in the San Luis Valley in rural Colorado. His hobbies are running, biking, and swimming.

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Matusiak, Krystyna, Ph.D.


Matusiak, Krystyna, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Library and Information Sciences
303-871-6163, KRH 248

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Dr. Matusiak received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Prior to the Morgridge College of Education, she worked as academic librarian for 12 years in public services and digitization.  She was the Digital Collections Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she planned and designed over 20 distinct digital collections. Dr. Matusiak also served as a digitization consultant for projects funded by the Endangered Archive Programme at the British Library and assisted digital library projects at the Press Institute of Mongolia in Ulan Baatar, Mongolia and the Al-Aqsa Mosque Library in East Jerusalem. Dr. Matusiak has strong interests in international librarianship and serves as an officer of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Standing Committee. Her research interests include digital library development and evaluation, indexing and retrieval of digital images, usability, and information seeking behavior.

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Ryan, Heather M., Ph.D.


Ryan, Heather M., Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Library and Information Sciences
303-871-7490, KRH 249

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Dr. Ryan received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her areas of research and teaching expertise are in digital preservation, data management, digital collection development, and archives. She managed two IMLS-funded projects (DigCCurr II: Extending an International Digital Curation Curriculum to Doctoral Students and Practitioners, and Closing the Digital Curation Gap: An International Collaboration to Integrate Best Practice, Research, Development, and Training in Digital Curation), and one NSF-funded project (Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science). Dr. Ryan is the faculty advisor for the Society of American Archivists University of Denver Student Chapter.

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Sitter, Clara L, Ph.D.


Sitter, Clara L, Ph.D. : Clinical Professor

Clinical Professor

Library and Information Sciences
303-871-3587, KRH 247

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Dr. Sitter received her PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She served as president of the Alaska Library Association and currently serves as a member of the American Library Association Council.   Dr. Sitter is on the editorial board of Knowledge Quest and the publications committee for the American Association of School Librarians.  Her research interests include special collections, database instruction, user needs, and library history.  Dr. Sitter enjoys live theater, competitive duplicate bridge, and she is a Life Master.

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Stansbury, Mary, Ph.D.


Stansbury, Mary, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Library and Information Sciences
303-871-3217, KRH 246

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Dr. Stansbury received her PhD from Texas Women’s University.  She is the principal investigator of "Early Childhood Librarianship: An Interdisciplinary, Experiential MLIS" funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Co-principal investigator of WebWise 2010 and 2011, funded through IMLS.  Dr. Stansbury is co-chair of Colorado Library Development Council and served as co-chair of the Association of Library & Information Science Educators 2011 Conference.  Her research interests include information policy, digital divide, health information seeking behaviors, and LIS education.  Dr. Stansbury enjoys reading, art museums, and being with her family.

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Research Methods and Statistics

Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D.


Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D. : Department Chair and Professor

Department Chair and Professor

Department of Research Methods and Information Sciences and Research Methods and Statistics
303-871-2477, KRH 252

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Dr. Cutforth received his PhD from the University of Illinois-Chicago.  He has been conducting research with schools and community-based organizations for over 15 years. His research and teaching interests include school health and physical activity environments, qualitative research, physical activity and youth development, university/community partnerships, and community-based research.  His current research involves school-based intervention studies related to physical activity and healthy eating among K-12 students in the San Luis Valley in rural Colorado. His hobbies are running, biking, and swimming.

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Green, Kathy, Ph.D.


Green, Kathy, Ph.D. :  Professor

Professor

Research Methods and Statistics
303-871-2490, KRH 233

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Dr. Green received her PhD from the University of Washington-Seattle.  She was named University of Denver United Methodist Teacher/Researcher of the Year in 1999 and honored with a Fulbright Scholarship to the Slovak Republic in 2002.  Dr. Green’s research interests are in applied measurement, specifically applications of the Rasch model, survey research, and teaching statistics.  She enjoys hiking and reading mysteries.

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Olmos-Gallo, Antonio, Ph.D.


Olmos-Gallo, Antonio, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Research Methods and Statistics
303-871-6681, KRH 231

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Dr. Olmos received his PhD from the University of Denver.  He was the Director of Evaluation and Research at a Community Mental Health Center (MHCD), and currently he is President-elect of the Colorado Evaluation Network (COEN), and the local arrangements CHAIR for the American Evaluation Association 2014 conference in Denver.  Dr. Olmos’ research interests include using advanced research methods in program evaluation, program evaluation theory, and outcomes systems.

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Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D.


Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Research Methods and Statistics, Curriculum and Instruction, and Teacher Education Program
303-871-2483, KRH 344

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Dr. Uhrmacher received his PhD from Stanford University.  He served as President of the American Association For Teaching and Curriculum and was honored with the University of Denver Distinguished Teaching Award.  Dr. Uhrmacher has served as the department chair of Educational Research, Policy, and Practice and as Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. He was also the co-editor of the Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue and book review editor of the International Journal of Leadership in Education. Dr. Uhrmacher currently serves as the faculty advisor for the Creativity Institute for Teachers.  His research interests include arts-based research, qualitative research, alternative school settings, curriculum theory and practice, Waldorf education.  Dr. Uhrmacher is a St. Louis Cardinals fan. He recently started playing drums, and is a music aficionado of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, and especially western swing music.

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Zhang, Duan, Ph.D.


Zhang, Duan, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Fisher Early Learning Center/ Research Methods and Statistics
303-871-3373, KRH 232

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Dr. Zhang received her PhD from Texas A&M.  With her extensive experiences in both applied statistics and child development, Dr. Zhang has been actively involved in research studies funded at different levels in early development and children’s psychological well-beings. Being a big fan of adopting instructional technology in statistics education, Dr. Zhang has been working closely with DU’s Office of Teaching and Learning, and other statistics faculty across the campus.  Her research interests are focused on two areas: first methodological area in multilevel modeling using Structural Equation Modeling and Hierarchical Linear Modeling, and second substantive area in parenting practice and school readiness in early childhood.  Dr. Zhang enjoys cooking for family and friends, Alpine skiing, and hiking in the beautiful outdoors of Colorado.

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Teacher Preparation Programs

Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D.


Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D. :  Clinical Professor and Ricks Endowed Chair for Gifted Education

Clinical Professor and Ricks Endowed Chair for Gifted Education

Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education Program, and Institute for the Development of Gifted Education
303-871-2527, KRH 359

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Dr. Hafenstein received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She founded the Ricks Center for Gifted Children and the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education.  Dr. Hafenstein also serves as a member of the Colorado Department of Education Gifted and Talented Endorsement Standards Committee.  Her research interests include young gifted children, information-processing styles, social and emotional development, mathematical ability, and individualized educational planning.  Dr. Hafenstein loves music, is a classically trained pianist, currently performs in a women’s choir, is an avid reader, and is interested in art from Impressionist Era to Southwest works.

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Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D.


Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D. : Department Chair, and Associate Professor

Department Chair, and Associate Professor

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences and Child Family, and School Psychology
303-871-2961, KRH 256

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Dr. Hazel received her PhD from the University of Northern Colorado.  She has coordinated arts-based after-school programs for urban youth, served as the Behavior Evaluation and Support Teams Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education, and practiced as a school psychologist in communities of predominately poor, Latino families from preschool through secondary levels.  Dr. Hazel is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist through the National Association of School Psychologists and the President of the Trainers of School Psychologists.  Her research interests include student school engagement, data-driven decision making, supporting students to graduate from high school with their cohort, preventing bullying, and consulting.  Dr. Hazel has one daughter and likes to raft with her family in the summer and ski with them in the winter.

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Kitchen, Richard, Ph.D.


Kitchen, Richard, Ph.D. : Professor and Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education

Professor and Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education

Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education Program, and Kennedy Institute for Educational Success/ Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences
303-871-2255, KRH 337

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Dr. Kitchen received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He graduated from Denver East High School, started his teaching career in the Denver Public Schools, and B.F. Kitchen Elementary in Loveland, Colorado is named after his grandfather.  Prior to joining the Morgridge faculty in the fall of 2012, Dr. Kitchen was a professor of leadership in mathematics education at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where he held a dual position in the Educational Leadership degree program and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.  His research interests include Diversity and Equity in Mathematics Education, School Reform at Urban Schools that Serve the Poor, Formative Assessment of English Language Learners, and History of Education in the U.S.

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Lear, Janet, M.A.


Lear, Janet, M.A. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Teacher Education Program
303-871-2474, KRH 347

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Ms. Lear received her MA from the University of California-Berkeley.  She worked for fourteen years in teacher preparation at the University of New Mexico. She has been a reading specialist, ESL/bilingual resource coordinator, and middle school teacher. On the national level, Ms. Lear was a member of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.  She has been honored with the Outstanding Lecturer of the Year Award from the University of New Mexico and the Leadership in Literacy Award from the International Dyslexia Association.  Her research interests include teacher effectiveness, effective preK-12 reading instruction, dyslexia, improvement of school quality, and the impact of educational policy on public education.  Ms. Lear enjoys walking her dogs, knitting, and reading.

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Lerner, Jessica, Ed.S.


Lerner, Jessica, Ed.S. : Lecturer & Field Coordinator

Lecturer & Field Coordinator

Teacher Education Program
303-871-2517, KRH 336

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Ms. Learner holds an EdS from the University of Colorado-Denver.  She formerly worked with Denver Public Schools as a literacy coach and with The New Teacher Project as a teacher evaluator. Her professional interests include improving teacher effectiveness through pre-service preparation, coaching, and mentoring.  Outside of work, Ms. Lerner loves exploring Denver with her husband and two small children.

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Michalec, Paul, Ph.D.


Michalec, Paul, Ph.D. : Clinical Professor

Clinical Professor

Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Education Program
303-871-7952, KRH 343

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Dr. Michalec received his PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  He is the former director of student teaching at Skidmore College, serves on editorial boards for the newsletter EnCouragement and the journal Democracy and Education, leads professional development for religious communities, and is a founding member of Colorado Courage and Renewal.  His research interests include teacher education, effective instruction in higher education, spiritual dimensions of teaching, and teacher renewal/formation.  Dr. Michalec enjoys biking, baking, drawing, nature study, pursuing a MA in Theological Studies, and reading in the areas of theology, poetry, philosophy, identity, and educational-spiritual reform.

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Joseph, Nicole, Ph.D.


Joseph, Nicole, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Education Program
303-871-2487, KRH 349

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Dr. Joseph received her PhD from the University of Washington.  She has over 10 years of teaching and coaching experience in urban schools.  Dr. Joseph previously held a mathematics instructional coach position at TAF Academy, a STEM and college readiness school in Seattle. Her research interests include examining the role of race and culture in mathematics teaching and learning specifically for African American students, working with pre-service and in-service teachers to operationalize components of culturally responsive mathematics teaching into explicit instructional practices, and the history of mathematics education of African Americans (1860s to 20th century).  Dr. Joseph enjoys spending time with family and friends and getting spa treatments.

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Salazar, María del Carmen, Ph.D.


Salazar, María del Carmen, Ph.D. : Program Coordinator, Teacher Education Program, and Associate Professor

Program Coordinator, Teacher Education Program, and Associate Professor

Teacher Education Program
303-871-3772, KRH 348

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Dr. Salazar received a PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She served for three years on the Colorado Quality Teachers Commission to design a teacher identifier system for the state of Colorado. Dr. Salazar has served for four years on the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), a national collaborative to revise model content standards and develop learning progressions for teacher licensure, assessment and development.  Her research and scholarship center on transformative teacher preparation for diverse learners through empirical research and promising practices in teacher recruitment, preparation, and professional development.

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Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D.


Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Research Methods and Statistics, Curriculum and Instruction, and Teacher Education Program
303-871-2483, KRH 344

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Dr. Uhrmacher received his PhD from Stanford University.  He served as President of the American Association For Teaching and Curriculum and was honored with the University of Denver Distinguished Teaching Award.  Dr. Uhrmacher has served as the department chair of Educational Research, Policy, and Practice and as Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. He was also the co-editor of the Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue and book review editor of the International Journal of Leadership in Education. Dr. Uhrmacher currently serves as the faculty advisor for the Creativity Institute for Teachers.  His research interests include arts-based research, qualitative research, alternative school settings, curriculum theory and practice, Waldorf education.  Dr. Uhrmacher is a St. Louis Cardinals fan. He recently started playing drums, and is a music aficionado of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, and especially western swing music.

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Offices & Staff

Academic Services

Heckart, Nick


Heckart, Nick : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services for the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-2747, KRH 358

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MA Higher Education, University of Denver; BA, University of Iowa, Art Education.

Primary responsibilities: supporting teaching, learning, and research of the faculty, as well as assistance with student recruitment and retention, maintaining the accuracy of program information in student handbooks and on the website, assisting with course scheduling, processing fiscal transactions and partnering in the effective management of departmental budgets, and assisting with all student services. Nick also assists with alumni services for the College and serves on the MCE Alumni Board.

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Beckelheimer, Mayumi


Beckelheimer, Mayumi : Teacher Education Coordinator

Teacher Education Coordinator

Academic Services for Denver Teacher Residency (DTR) Program
303-871-2314, KRH 307

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MA from the University of Denver, BA from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Primary Responsibilities: This position serves as the Coordinator of the Morgridge College of Education (MCE) teacher preparation programs. The Coordinator assists in the implementation of the Denver Teacher Residency (DTR), a partnership between MCE and Denver Public Schools (DPS). The Coordinator plays a role in the facilitation, implementation, on-going administration, and data compilation for the evaluation of the DTR and is the collaborator between MCE, DPS, and community partner personnel.  This position is also the point person, knowing of and suggesting how best the program can follow DU processes and procedures.

LeVelle, Karen


LeVelle, Karen : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services for the Department of Research Methods and Information Science
303-871-3791, KRH 242

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Primary Responsibilities: supporting teaching, learning, and research of the faculty, as well as assistance with student recruitment and retention, maintaining the accuracy of program information in student handbooks and on the website, assisting with course scheduling, processing fiscal transactions and partnering in the effective management of departmental budgets, and assisting with all student services

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McPherson, Nora


McPherson, Nora : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services for the Department of Counseling Psychology
303-871-2473, KRH 258

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MLIS, University of Denver; BA, Fort Lewis College.

Primary responsibilities: supporting teaching, learning, and research of the faculty, as well as assistance with student recruitment and retention, maintaining the accuracy of program information in student handbooks and on the website, assisting with course scheduling, processing fiscal transactions and partnering in the effective management of departmental budgets, and assisting with all student services.

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Millies, Anna


Millies, Anna : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services for the Department of Higher Education
303-871-2494, KRH 351

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BA in Mathematics, University of Denver.

Primary responsibilities: supporting teaching, learning, and research of the faculty, as well as assistance with student recruitment and retention, maintaining the accuracy of program information in student handbooks and on the website, assisting with course scheduling, processing fiscal transactions and partnering in the effective management of departmental budgets, and assisting with all student services

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Paul-Masaoka, Karen


Paul-Masaoka, Karen : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services for the Department Teaching and Learning Sciences
303-871-7013, KRH 251

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Office Hours: Mondays 3pm-5pm

Primary Responsibilities: supporting teaching, learning, and research of the faculty, as well as assistance with student recruitment and retention, maintaining the accuracy of program information in student handbooks and on the website, assisting with course scheduling, processing fiscal transactions and partnering in the effective management of departmental budgets, and assisting with all student services

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Admissions

Blizzard, Sarah


Blizzard, Sarah : Admissions Counselor

Admissions Counselor

Admissions
303-871-2503, KRH 116

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MA Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; BA Communication Studies with Music Minor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Primary Responsibilities: serving as a part of the admissions team to create the most memorable graduate admissions experience possible by identifying and counseling prospective students through the application and admission process. Specifically, Sarah works with prospective students interested in applying for degrees in Counseling Psychology, Child, Family, and School Psychology, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Library and Information Science, and Research Methods and Statistics.

 

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Coccia, Kristina


Coccia, Kristina : Admissions Counselor

Admissions Counselor

Admissions
303-871-2508, KRH 112

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MA Higher Education, University of Denver; BA Psychology, University of Denver.

Primary Responsibilities: Serving as the lead recruiter for five different educational programs; Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Special Education, Teacher Preparation Programs, and Higher Education.  Assist with student recruitment, informational student meetings, interview days, communication to faculty and staff, and day to day admissions work.

Dye, Jodi


Dye, Jodi : Director of Admissions

Director of Admissions

Admissions
303-871-2510, KRH 117

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MA, Higher Education, University of Denver; BA, Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Northern Colorado.

Primary Responsibilities: managing the day to day operations of the Morgridge Office of Admissions, partnering with the admissions staff to guide the recruitment, application, admission and matriculation for the Morgridge academic programs.

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Office of Admissions : General Admission Contact

General Admission Contact

Admissions Office Front Desk
303-871-2509, KRH 110

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Denver, CO. 80208

Alumni, Career, and Community Services

Heckart, Nick


Heckart, Nick : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services for the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-2747, KRH 358

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MA Higher Education, University of Denver; BA, University of Iowa, Art Education.

Primary responsibilities: supporting teaching, learning, and research of the faculty, as well as assistance with student recruitment and retention, maintaining the accuracy of program information in student handbooks and on the website, assisting with course scheduling, processing fiscal transactions and partnering in the effective management of departmental budgets, and assisting with all student services. Nick also assists with alumni services for the College and serves on the MCE Alumni Board.

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Budget and Planning

Davies, Katlin


Davies, Katlin : Grants Specialist and Accounting Clerk

Grants Specialist and Accounting Clerk

Budget and Planning Office
303-871-2073, KRH 317

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Currently seeking a BA at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs for Business and Accounting.

Primary Responsibilities: Finance Assistant for the Fisher Early Learning Center and the Ricks Center for Gifted Children, Purchasing Card Coordinator, MCE Accounts Payable, MCE internal post-award and faculty travel management

Delatorre, Dan


Delatorre, Dan : Assistant Dean of Budget and Finance

Assistant Dean of Budget and Finance

Budget And Planning Office
303-871-7402, KRH 314

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Phanichpatom, Alana


Phanichpatom, Alana : Finance Manager, Schools, Grants and Institutes

Finance Manager, Schools, Grants and Institutes

Office of Budget & Planning/ Fisher Early Learning Center
303-871-4012, KRH 313

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Montoya, Sean


Montoya, Sean : Finance and Human Resources Coordinator

Finance and Human Resources Coordinator

Budget and Planning Office
303-871-3888, KRH 311

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Dean's Office

Benson, Janette B.


Benson, Janette B. : Associate Dean

Associate Dean

Dean's Office
303-871-3771, KRH 324

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PhD Psychology (Developmental Psychology), Clark University; BA San Francisco State University, Psychology; Anthropology.

Primary Responsibilities:  Assists the Dean and Department Chairs in managing all aspects of academic operations that impact students, staff and faculty.  Oversees Academic Programs, curriculum, Professional Development, and works closely with the Grants Administrators and Administrative Leadership Team.  Represents the Morgridge college on University committees and as the need arises.

Bower, Terry


Bower, Terry : Assistant Dean

Assistant Dean

Dean's Office
303-871-3727, KRH 322

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Primary Responsibilities: manages marketing, operations, and professional development for the College of Education.

Haliko, Ashley


Haliko, Ashley : Director of Development

Director of Development

University Advancement
303-871-2675

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Primary Responsibilities: Major and Principal Gift Support

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Riley, Karen S, Ph.D.


Riley, Karen S, Ph.D. : Dean and Associate Professor

Dean and Associate Professor

Dean's Office/ Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-3665, KRH 326

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Dr. Riley is the Dean for the Morgridge College of Educational at the University of Denver. Her education includes a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University; a M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies from the University of Denver. She completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship at The Children’s Hospital in Denver in the Fragile X Treatment and Research Center and subsequently worked at the Child Development Unit within The Children’s Hospital. She currently has a dual faculty appointment in the Child, Family and School Psychology Program and the Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences .

Dr. Riley currently serves on the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board for the National Fragile X Foundation. She is also a member of the ad hoc research committee for the National Fragile X Syndrome Clinic and has authored the Fragile X School Services Guidelines and Toileting issues in fragile X syndrome which are part of Practice Guidelines for Fragile X-associated Disorders. She has recently been contracted to develop and implement a training program for teachers in Guatemala. This pre-service program will be a part of the university teachers’ program and will focus on how to work with children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

She has over 15 years of experience in teaching and administration of early childhood special education programs. She has an additional 15 years of experience working with children who have neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. She is currently the PI on a Professional Development grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as an educational game development grant from DARPA. She has been and is currently involved in several psycho-pharmacological studies and other research projects related to fragile X syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Particular areas of interest and expertise include assessment and intervention of infants and preschoolers, curriculum development, school consultation, behavioral interventions and low incidence disabilities. She lectures extensively throughout the US as well as internationally, on behavioral and educational interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders primarily those with fragile X syndrome.

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Trueblood, Tamera


Trueblood, Tamera : Executive Assistant to the Dean

Executive Assistant to the Dean

Dean's Office
303-871-3665, KRH 325

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Primary responsibilities: manages the Office of the MCE Dean, including the calendar, correspondence, communications, and special projects for the Dean; organizes and records College of the Whole meetings, college retreats, administrative meetings, and special events; manages Dean's office budgets, supports fundraising, policy and procedure compliance, and other duties as assigned.  Provides Notary Public services for the MCE.

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Financial Aid

Banman, James


Banman, James : Finance Assistant

Finance Assistant

Financial Aid
303-871-6291; KRH 317

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Primary Responsibilities: The current student contact for financial aid needs and questions.

Grants

Hill, Amy


Hill, Amy : Sr. Grants Administrator

Sr. Grants Administrator

MCE Grants Office
303-871-7923, KRH 243

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MS Technical Writing, Portland State University.

Primary Responsibilities: Support the college in the development and management of grants, gifts, and contracts. Responsible for advancing the sponsored research agenda of the college, departments, and individual faculty by providing direct support and by engaging outside resources.

Institutional Effectiveness

Baca, Bobby


Baca, Bobby : Institutional Research Analyst

Institutional Research Analyst

Office of Budget and Finance
303-871-4265, KRH 312

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Primary Responsibilities: Coming Soon

Marketing and Enrollment

Bower, Terry


Bower, Terry : Assistant Dean

Assistant Dean

Dean's Office
303-871-3727, KRH 322

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Primary Responsibilities: manages marketing, operations, and professional development for the College of Education.

Green, Sabrina


Green, Sabrina : Marketing Specialist

Marketing Specialist

Marketing and Enrollment
303-871-2490, KRH 113

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MFA in Arts Administration, Southern Utah University; BMus in Music Management, The Hartt School, University of Hartford

Primary Responsibilities: Researches and writes news stories, Dean’s & quarterly report stories, and articles for the Morgridge College of Education; responsible for securing exhibition, sponsorship, and advertising reservations for conferences attended by faculty & students; collaborates in coordinating logistics for College events; coordinates appropriate and effective advertising opportunities for the College; creates and deploys external communications regarding College news and events; designs and proofs some College and event collateral.

Technology and Operations

Davies, Joshua


Davies, Joshua : Technology Specialist and Website Administrator

Technology Specialist and Website Administrator

Operations & Technology
303-871-6116, KRH 212

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MLIS in Library an Information Sciences, University of Denver; BA in Cultural Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder.
Primary Responsibilities: Oversee Morgridge College of Education's website, acting as the point of contact and coordinating final website language with appropriate individuals, ensuring that website language is vetted before posting.  Provide strategic recommendations to keep the website viable and user friendly while also maintaining MCE marketing strategies.  Subject matter expert in website building and maintenance. Supervises and manages Tech team GA and Web Technology positions. Responsible for workstation computer purchasing, planning, inventory, and deployment. Subject matter expert on desktop support. Oversees software management, purchasing, and inventory. Responsible for administration of Active Directory, virtual machines and other network resources at the college. Identifies telepresence solutions and supports telepresence maintenance and events.

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Mareck, Eric


Mareck, Eric : Building Manager

Building Manager

Operations & Technology
303-871-2325, KRH 212

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Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S) Organizational and Professional Communication, University of Denver; Bachelor of Science (B.S.),Recreation and Sports Management, St. Cloud State University.

Primary Responsibilities: Coordinates preventive maintenance, repairs, and janitorial services providing occupants with updates of electrical, water and other service outages or scheduled shutdowns. Serves internal and external customers as the main contact for event scheduling, coordination and execution. Develops and implements risk management and building emergency policy.

 

Valdez, Matt


Valdez, Matt : Technology Specialist

Technology Specialist

Operations & Technology
303-871-3108/3222, KRH 212

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Counseling and Educational Services Clinic

Candelaria, Ana, Ph.D.


Candelaria, Ana, Ph.D. : Educational Services Clinic Director and Assistant Clinical Professor

Educational Services Clinic Director and Assistant Clinical Professor

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic/ Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-2838, KRH 146

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Dr. Candelaria received her PhD from the University of Denver. She began her career as a preschool teacher and coach of sports camps for young children. She worked at the Fisher Early Learning Center for four years before returning to graduate school to become a school psychologist. Dr. Candelaria worked in Denver Public Schools (DPS) for eight years as a school psychologist, primarily working in high needs schools. During her time in DPS, Dr. Candelaria focused her efforts on home-school partnerships and positive behavior interventions and supports. She coordinated the Parent-Teacher Home Visit program at her elementary school and also chaired the Positive Behavior Intervention Support team. She implemented a school-based mentoring program and introduced restorative justice interventions to her school as an alternative to traditional discipline measures. Dr. Candelaria also worked for the Volunteers in Partnership program at DU from 2005-2012, where she supervised undergraduate students and facilitated a seminar for first-year students. Her research interests include: Latino family involvement, cultural narratives, home-school partnerships, resiliency in children, and restorative justice approaches to school discipline. Dr. Candelaria enjoys spending time with her family, reading, practicing yoga, playing sports, and exploring nature.

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Faragher, Mike, Psy.D.


Faragher, Mike, Psy.D. : Director, Addictions Specialization

Director, Addictions Specialization

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic/ Counseling Psychology
303-871-2636, KRH 225

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Dr. Faragher received his PsyD from the University of Northern Colorado.  He is a licensed psychologist and the Director of the Problem Gambling Treatment and Research Center and organizes the Colorado Certified Addiction Counselor Level II (CACII) elective coursework track in the Counseling Psychology Program. Dr. Faragher is certified as a Level II National Gambling Counselor, as a Board Approved Clinical Consultant by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board, and as Level III Senior Addiction Counselor by Colorado Office of Behavioral Health.  His areas of research include cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, problem gambling, and addictive behaviors.  Dr. Faragher enjoys golfing, fishing, and travel.

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Pusavat, Andi, PhD


Pusavat, Andi, PhD : Counseling Services Clinic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor

Counseling Services Clinic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor

Counseling and Educational Services Clinic/ Counseling Psychology
303-871-3230, KRH 145

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Dr. Pusavat received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She was formerly with the Iliff Counseling Center where she served as the Director for six years. Other career highlights include President of the Colorado Society of Psychologists in Private Practice for two years; founding member of the Colorado Psychological Association Society for the Advancement of Multiculturalism and Diversity; and presenter at the American Psychological Association and National Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan.  Dr. Pusavat’s research interests include multicultural counseling, social justice, trauma, interpersonal partner violence, and training and supervision.

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Early Fisher Learning Center

Hyder, Kim


Hyder, Kim : Office Manager

Office Manager

Fisher Early Learning Center
303-871-4366; Front Desk

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University of Wisconsin.

Primary responsibilities: Assists currently enrolled families with yearly enrollment requirements, classroom transition and any other needs families may have; conducts monthly tours of Fisher and provides assistance to potential Fisher families with the application and lottery process;  responsible for maintaining all child records and information for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Phanichpatom, Alana


Phanichpatom, Alana : Finance Manager, Schools, Grants and Institutes

Finance Manager, Schools, Grants and Institutes

Office of Budget & Planning/ Fisher Early Learning Center
303-871-4012, KRH 313

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Primary Responsibilities: Coming Soon.

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Riley, Karen S, Ph.D.


Riley, Karen S, Ph.D. : Dean and Associate Professor

Dean and Associate Professor

Dean's Office/ Child Family and School Psychology
303-871-3665, KRH 326

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Dr. Riley is the Dean for the Morgridge College of Educational at the University of Denver. Her education includes a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University; a M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies from the University of Denver. She completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship at The Children’s Hospital in Denver in the Fragile X Treatment and Research Center and subsequently worked at the Child Development Unit within The Children’s Hospital. She currently has a dual faculty appointment in the Child, Family and School Psychology Program and the Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences .

Dr. Riley currently serves on the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board for the National Fragile X Foundation. She is also a member of the ad hoc research committee for the National Fragile X Syndrome Clinic and has authored the Fragile X School Services Guidelines and Toileting issues in fragile X syndrome which are part of Practice Guidelines for Fragile X-associated Disorders. She has recently been contracted to develop and implement a training program for teachers in Guatemala. This pre-service program will be a part of the university teachers’ program and will focus on how to work with children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

She has over 15 years of experience in teaching and administration of early childhood special education programs. She has an additional 15 years of experience working with children who have neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. She is currently the PI on a Professional Development grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as an educational game development grant from DARPA. She has been and is currently involved in several psycho-pharmacological studies and other research projects related to fragile X syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Particular areas of interest and expertise include assessment and intervention of infants and preschoolers, curriculum development, school consultation, behavioral interventions and low incidence disabilities. She lectures extensively throughout the US as well as internationally, on behavioral and educational interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders primarily those with fragile X syndrome.

For more information about Dr.Karen Riley, view her Portfolio

Tankersley, Rebecca


Tankersley, Rebecca : Director

Director

Fisher Early Learning Center
303-871-7804

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M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University; B.A., Elementary and Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, University of Kentucky.

Primary Responsibilities: Collaborates with the Fisher leadership team and staff to develop a programmatic model of curriculum, inclusive methodology, progress monitoring and implementation of developmentally appropriate practices; reviews and revises policies to ensure high quality inclusive early childhood programming and practices at Fisher are aligned with the recommendations of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); works to strengthen and create new relationships with community organizations focused on the improvement of services to young children.

Visweswaraiah, Hema


Visweswaraiah, Hema : Associate Director, Fisher Early Learning Center

Associate Director, Fisher Early Learning Center

Fisher Early Learning Center
303-871-2772

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Buell Early Childhood Leadership Fellow, University of Denver; MA, Early Childhood General and Special Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; BA Psychology, University of Rochester.

Primary Responsibilities: Collaborate with Fisher’s Director to provide guidance and mentorship to the early childhood teachers across the Center; oversee the Fisher Inclusion Team, which serves children with special needs who attend the Center, and the Night Owls Program, which provides respite care once a month for families of children with special needs; supervise student workers from DU and graduate students from MCE who work at Fisher.

Fisher Early Learning Center


Fisher Early Learning Center : 1899 E. Evans Avenue Denver, CO 80208

1899 E. Evans Avenue Denver, CO 80208

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
303-871-2723; Fax: 303-871-7805

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Fisher from its inception has been committed to providing an inclusive early learning experience to all children in the Denver community. With support from the Morgridge College of Education and the University of Denver, Fisher continues to offer a high quality early learning environment.

Contact Fisher Early Learning Center Here

Institute for the Development of Gifted Children

Carey, Robin


Carey, Robin : Researcher

Researcher

Institute for the Development of Gifted Education
303-871-7674 KRH 131

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Primary Responsibilities: Coming Soon

Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D.


Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D. :  Clinical Professor and Ricks Endowed Chair for Gifted Education

Clinical Professor and Ricks Endowed Chair for Gifted Education

Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education Program, and Institute for the Development of Gifted Education
303-871-2527, KRH 359

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Dr. Hafenstein received her PhD from the University of Denver.  She founded the Ricks Center for Gifted Children and the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education.  Dr. Hafenstein also serves as a member of the Colorado Department of Education Gifted and Talented Endorsement Standards Committee.  Her research interests include young gifted children, information-processing styles, social and emotional development, mathematical ability, and individualized educational planning.  Dr. Hafenstein loves music, is a classically trained pianist, currently performs in a women’s choir, is an avid reader, and is interested in art from Impressionist Era to Southwest works.

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Orlowski, Sharon


Orlowski, Sharon : Office Manager and Conference and Event Coordinator

Office Manager and Conference and Event Coordinator

Institute for the Development of Gifted Education
303-871-2532, KRH 132

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Primary responsibilities: Coming Soon.

Watson, Julia


Watson, Julia : Researcher

Researcher

Institute for the Development of Gifted Education
303-871-7674, KRH 131

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Primary Responsibilities: Coming Soon

Kennedy Institute for Educational Success

Burke, Sandy


Burke, Sandy : Office Administrator

Office Administrator

Kennedy Institute for Educational Success
303-871-3895, KRH 160C

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Sandy Burke graduated from the University of Denver in 2001 and received a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Literacy.  She is endorsed in Elementary Education K-6, and during the last 11 years taught, co-taught, and worked as a para-professional in a variety of learning environments--ranging from a Head Start, Play-Based Pre-School to a private International Baccalaureate (IB) school for gifted children.  Her experiences, in both public and private education, have been amazing; however, at this point in her career she transitioned out of the classroom to enter into a more administrative role, while still being actively involved in the educational community.  Sandy is the Office Administrator for the Kennedy Institute.  In this role, she provides administrative support to the directors, staff, and students.  Sandy is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the office, which include but are not limited to the following: updating manuals, processing direct pays, managing multiple p-cards, ordering technology, print purchases, and troubleshooting issues surrounding technology.  Her passion for education makes this an ideal working environment, as she is a part of supporting the research that identifies a cost-effective approach for promoting and sustaining the educational success of vulnerable children from early childhood through post-secondary education.

Clements, Douglas H, Ph.D.


Clements, Douglas H, Ph.D. : Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, and Director

Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, and Director

Curriculum and Instruction, Kennedy Institute for Educational Success, and Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-3983, KRH 154

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Dr. Clements received his PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Previously a preschool and kindergarten teacher, he has conducted funded research and published over 500 articles and books in the areas of the learning and teaching of early mathematics and computer applications in mathematics education. Dr. Clements was a member of President Bush's National Math Advisory Panel, the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Mathematics the Common Core State Standards committee and a coauthor of their reports.  His research interests include creating, using and evaluating research-based curricula, taking successful curricula to scale using technologies, and learning trajectories in standards, assessment, curriculum and professional development.

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Kitchen, Richard, Ph.D.


Kitchen, Richard, Ph.D. : Professor and Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education

Professor and Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education

Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education Program, and Kennedy Institute for Educational Success/ Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences
303-871-2255, KRH 337

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Dr. Kitchen received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He graduated from Denver East High School, started his teaching career in the Denver Public Schools, and B.F. Kitchen Elementary in Loveland, Colorado is named after his grandfather.  Prior to joining the Morgridge faculty in the fall of 2012, Dr. Kitchen was a professor of leadership in mathematics education at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where he held a dual position in the Educational Leadership degree program and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.  His research interests include Diversity and Equity in Mathematics Education, School Reform at Urban Schools that Serve the Poor, Formative Assessment of English Language Learners, and History of Education in the U.S.

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Sarama, Julie, PhD


Sarama, Julie, PhD : Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies

Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies

Curriculum and Instruction and Kennedy Institute for Educational Success
303-871-3983, KRH 152

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Dr. Sarama received her PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.  She designed and programmed over 50 published computer programs, including her version of Logo and Logo-based software activities (Turtle Math™, which was awarded Technology & Learning Software of the Year award, 1995, in the category "Math").  Dr. Sarama has taught secondary mathematics and computer science, gifted math at the middle school level, preschool and kindergarten mathematics enrichment classes, and mathematics methods and content courses for elementary to secondary teachers.  Her research interests include developing and evaluating research-based educational software and other technologies, using learning trajectories in standards, assessment, educational technology, curriculum and professional development, developing and evaluating research-based curricula, and asking successful curricula to scale using technologies

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Van Dine, Doug


Van Dine, Doug : Project Director

Project Director

Kennedy Institute for Educational Success
303-871-2726, KRH 154

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CAS, Educational Leadership and Policy, University at Buffalo, SUNY; MS, Education - Mathematics 7-12, Buffalo State College; BA, Mathematics and Psychology, Houghton College.

Primary responsibilities: Serve as Project Director for two federally-funded projects

  • (1) For the NSF funded "Measurement" project, oversee day-to-day operations and research procedures including overseeing two graduate research assistants, engage in the data collection (micro-genetic studies), and ensure data and analyses are accurate (e.g., data are “cleaned”) and completed on schedule, and coordinate with the PIs at the University of Denver and Illinois State University to carry out all project activities at the Denver site.
  • (2) For the IES-funded "EMERGE” project, direct and guide eight graduate research assistants and coders, code videotapes, enter data, assist in analyses, and coordinate with the PIs at the University of Denver, University of Buffalo, and Abt Associates to carry out all project activities at the Denver site.

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Marsico Institute for Early Learning Literacy

Clements, Douglas H, Ph.D.


Clements, Douglas H, Ph.D. : Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, and Director

Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, and Director

Curriculum and Instruction, Kennedy Institute for Educational Success, and Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-3983, KRH 154

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Dr. Clements received his PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Previously a preschool and kindergarten teacher, he has conducted funded research and published over 500 articles and books in the areas of the learning and teaching of early mathematics and computer applications in mathematics education. Dr. Clements was a member of President Bush's National Math Advisory Panel, the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Mathematics the Common Core State Standards committee and a coauthor of their reports.  His research interests include creating, using and evaluating research-based curricula, taking successful curricula to scale using technologies, and learning trajectories in standards, assessment, curriculum and professional development.

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Craig, Jessica


Craig, Jessica : Office Manager

Office Manager

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-2217, KRH 160C

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Jessica Craig is the Office Manager/Project Coordinator for the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy. Jessica brings over 10 years of volunteerism and professional involvement in the nonprofit sector. At the Marsico Institute, Jessica manages the day-to-day operation of the office, provides administrative support to the directors, works with the directors to successfully carry out the institute's strategic plans, maintains the accuracy of institute information on the website, provides budget management and oversight, plans logistics for special community events, and ensures oversight of grants and contracts. Prior to her position at DU, Jessica was the Business Development Manager for two years and a Research Associate for two years at a social change consulting firm in Denver. Her work experience is in donor management, event coordination, project coordination for childhood projects, client relations, funding research, grants management, budget management and contracting. Jessica earned a B.A. in psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Currently, Jessica is pursuing a Master's in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education.

Day-Hess, Crystal


Day-Hess, Crystal : Research Project Director

Research Project Director

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-3725, KRH 160B

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Crystal Day-Hess, Ph.D., Research Projects Director at the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, conducts early childhood research and professional development trainings across the country. She has extensive experience developing, coordinating, and conducting research in the early childhood field focusing on young children’s cognitive, social, and emotional school readiness skills (e.g., self-regulation/executive function, play, achievement motivation, caregiver sensitivity). Day-Hess has conducted research in coordination with administrators, teachers, parents, and students in multiple settings, including public and private preschools, Early Head Start and Head Start programs, and social service agencies. As part of this research, she has had in-depth experience administering a variety of early childhood assessments, including the following: K-BIT, DAS-II, PPVT, TERA, TEMA, BASC, CBQ, Self-Evaluative Emotions Coding System, Carol Dweck’s motivation paradigm, and a variety of caregiver sensitivity and attachment measures. Day-Hess also has experience developing, coordinating, and conducting professional development workshops for early childhood educators and administrators in multiple contexts and settings. She worked on several Early Reading First projects and has served as a training manager for the Scaffolding Early Learning and Tools of the Mind early childhood programs. Her work has been published in such journals as Early Education and Development and NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field, and in conjunction with ASCD.

Germeroth, Carrie


Germeroth, Carrie : Assistant Director of Research

Assistant Director of Research

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-2046, KRH 162

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Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Louisville; BA, Psychology, Vanderbilt University.

Primary Responsibilities: provide leadership and guidance for the research operations of the Institute. Including helping to establish and implement a strategic plan with annual and long term goals for research; and obtaining external funding for research projects that align with the Institute’s mission and meet high standards for quality, in collaboration with MCE faculty.

Sarama, Julie, PhD


Sarama, Julie, PhD : Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies

Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies

Curriculum and Instruction and Kennedy Institute for Educational Success
303-871-3983, KRH 152

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Dr. Sarama received her PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.  She designed and programmed over 50 published computer programs, including her version of Logo and Logo-based software activities (Turtle Math™, which was awarded Technology & Learning Software of the Year award, 1995, in the category "Math").  Dr. Sarama has taught secondary mathematics and computer science, gifted math at the middle school level, preschool and kindergarten mathematics enrichment classes, and mathematics methods and content courses for elementary to secondary teachers.  Her research interests include developing and evaluating research-based educational software and other technologies, using learning trajectories in standards, assessment, educational technology, curriculum and professional development, developing and evaluating research-based curricula, and asking successful curricula to scale using technologies

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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

Cohen, Dan


Cohen, Dan : Director

Director

Ricks Center for Gifted Children
303-871-2982, Ricks Center

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Primary Responsibilities: Coming soon.

Ricks Center for Gifted Children


Ricks Center for Gifted Children :  2040 South York Street  Denver, CO 80208

2040 South York Street Denver, CO 80208

To schedule a visit please call
Phone: 303-871-2982; Fax: 303-871-3197

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Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the University of Denver is an exemplary program designed for gifted children. Ricks Center provides nationally recognized gifted education to approximately 250 students ranging from ages three years old through eighth grade who show exceptional, differentiated abilities and learning needs.

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