Candelaria, Ana, Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
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.
Clinical Assistant Professor
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.
Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D.
Department Chair, and Associate Professor
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.
Miller, Gloria E, Ph.D.
Endowed Professor in Literacy
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.
Raines, Tara C., Ph.D., N.C.S.P.
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.
Riley, Karen S, Ph.D.
Dean and Associate Professor
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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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.