Programs

Counseling Psychology

Brownstone, Lisa, Ph.D.


Brownstone, Lisa, Ph.D. : Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice

Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice

Department of Counseling Psychology
303-871-7666, KRH-253

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Dr. Brownstone (she, her, hers pronouns) completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill followed by her predoctoral clinical internship at Denver VA Medical Center and postdoctoral fellowship at Eating Disorder Care (EDCare) of Denver. She stayed on at EDCare of Denver as a licensed psychologist until August 2019, and served as their Binge Eating Disorder Track Coordinator. Her areas of clinical and research specialization include disordered eating and body distress, trauma, stigma, couple therapy, emotion processing, and qualitative approaches. She has piloted and presented on clinical interventions that aim to dismantle internalized weight stigma, and is interested in further developing anti-stigma interventions. Dr. Brownstone identifies as a social justice advocate psychologist and is passionate about non-value neutral practice. Outside of work, Dr. Brownstone plays fiddle and guitar, and loves spending time with her family and fluffy dogs.

Chao, Ruth, Ph.D.


Chao, Ruth, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-2556, KRH 261

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Dr. Chao received her Ph.D. 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. : Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus

Higher Education and Counseling Psychology
303-871-4592, KRH 226

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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.

View Dr. Cross' Portfolio here.

Gafford, Jennifer, Ph.D.


Gafford, Jennifer, Ph.D. : Assistant Clinical Professor

Assistant Clinical Professor

Department of Counseling Psychology
303-871-6681, KRH 241

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Dr. Gafford received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver following an MA in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver and a BA from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.  After graduation, she took a “temporary” position as a staff psychologist for the Denver Sheriff Department. Almost nine years later, she was the Director of Correctional Behavioral Health for the Sheriff Department, overseeing all mental health services for incarcerated men and women in the Denver jails. She is a licensed psychologist, and one of her current responsibilities is as the training director for the Clinical Mental Health track for the Master’s program in Counseling. Her clinical interests include supervision, group therapy, psychotherapy processes and suicidality. View Dr. Gafford's Portfolio here.

Garriott, Patton, Ph.D.


Garriott, Patton, Ph.D. : Department Chair and Associate Professor

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-6758, KRH 253

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Dr. Garriott accepts new doctoral students in 2021-2022.

Patton O. Garriott (he/him) received his PhD from the University of Missouri. His work examines how structural conditions shape and can be changed to support educational and career opportunities. Within this broader area, his research examines: access and equity in higher education, persistence in STEM fields, and race, social class, and mental health. He has served on the American Psychological Association Committee on Socioeconomic Status, Executive Board of the Society of Vocational Psychology, and is currently Associate Editor for the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and Journal of Career Assessment. You can learn more about Dr. Garriott’s work on his Portfolio page.

Koch, Hannah, Psy.D.


Koch, Hannah, Psy.D. : Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling Psychology
303-871-3753, KRH 358

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Hannah Koch, Psy.D. University of Denver, 2016. Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Koch earned her BA from the University of Chicago and her masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology with a focus area in couples therapy and systems theory. Dr. Koch has worked in a variety of clinical settings with varied populations including an inpatient hospital, university counseling centers, and other outpatient settings. She also has experience with behavioral health consulting as well as running a small business. Her research interests include the development of romantic relationships, social justice issues, and diverse couples.

Owen, Jesse, Ph.D.


Owen, Jesse, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

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

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Dr. Owen accepts new doctoral students in 2021-2022.
Dr. Jesse Owen earned his BS from Ball State University, his master's degree from University of Miami, and his PhD from our very own University of Denver. He has worked at Gannon University and University of Louisville prior to joining the faculty at DU. He is a Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology at DU. He is also a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Denver and he is the lead psychologist at Lifelong Inc. In addition to these roles, he is the research director at Celesthealth and the Editor of the journal Psychotherapy. His research focuses on psychotherapy processes and outcomes, multicultural orientation (MCO), as well as romantic relationships. He encourages individuals to work with him who have interest in psychotherapy processes, therapist expertise, couple therapy, and multicultural processes.

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Pusavat, Andi, Ph.D.


Pusavat, Andi, Ph.D. : Counseling Services Clinic Director and Clinical Associate Professor

Counseling Services Clinic Director and Clinical Associate 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.

View her Portfolio page here.

Raque, Trisha, Ph.D.


Raque, Trisha, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-4522, KRH 263

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Dr. Raque accepts new doctoral students in 2021-2022.

Trisha Raque (Associate Professor), PhD, University of Maryland, 2013. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Chair of the Division 17 Health Psychology Section. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Counseling Psychology and Journal of Career Assessment.  Dr. Raque’s areas of research include cancer survivorship (e.g., psychological and relational well-being of cancer survivors, career development of psycho-oncology care providers), navigating work after cancer, access to decent work, positive health psychology, and the centrality of sociocultural and political systems that intersect with health and career development.  She applies social justice principles and intersectionality to cancer survivorship with research and advocacy focused on the nexus of cancer with identities such as gender, sexual orientation, and social class. KRH 263, 303-871-4522, email: trisha.raque-bogdan@du.edu. 

You can learn more about Dr. Raque’s research lab here: http://portfolio.du.edu/tlraque

 

 

Riva, Maria, Ph.D.


Riva, Maria, Ph.D. : Professor and Training Director

Professor and Training Director

Counseling Psychology
303-871-2484, KRH 257

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Maria Riva, PhD will not be taking new dissertation students.

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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Roncoroni, Julia, Ph.D.


Roncoroni, Julia, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-3784, KRH 262

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Dr. Roncoroni received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Roncoroni's primary research interests include health disparities, customized culturally sensitive health promotion and health care, and the integration of health promotion in medicine. She is a yoga and Zumba instructor and enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family. View her Portfolio page here.

Curriculum and Instruction

Banerjee, Rashida, Ph.D.


Banerjee, Rashida,  Ph.D. : Professor & Department Chair

Professor & Department Chair

Teaching & Learning Sciences and Early Childhood Special Education
303-871-6597, KRH 245

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Dr. Rashida Banerjee's area of interest are effective assessment of young children, especially issues around diversity, inclusive intervention for young children, personnel development, and effective community, family, and professional partnerships. In her most recent role as a Professor, Early Childhood Special Education Program Coordinator, and Director for the Center for Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Banerjee has demonstrated commitment to students, preparation of well-prepared personnel in education, and collaboration with colleagues. In accordance with her interests, Dr. Banerjee has published articles, book chapters, received grants, and presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences. Her current national projects funded through the Department of Education, specifically focus on preparing well qualified early childhood and early childhood special educators. She has served on the Division for Early Childhood Board and currently serves on the DEC Recommended Practices Committee responsible for ensuring the development and use of evidenced based practices in early childhood. She also serves as the Editor for Journal for International Special Needs Education.

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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
303-871-2217, KRH 131

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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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Delaney, Mary Kay, Ph.D.


Delaney, Mary Kay, Ph.D. : Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

Teaching & Learning Sciences

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Mary Kay Delaney earned a B.A. from The George Washington University, a Master of Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in social foundations of education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed courses leading to graduate teaching licensure in special education at Boston University. Mary Kay served as an alternate federal negotiator on the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Preparation Committee (2012), the committee that first considered, via the negotiated rule-making process, current proposed teacher education regulations. She recently served on the North Carolina Think Tank on K-3 Assessment as part of a state-wide, interdisciplinary effort to develop assessment for learning activities. She has taught in public and private schools and has served as principal of a PK-8 parochial school. She is the recipient of the School of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Dean’s Award (2014), the EHHS Service Award (2010), and the Laura Harrill Presidential Award for Outstanding Service, Meredith College (2011). Her areas of special interest include learning in sociocultural contexts, teacher education, equity and education, special education, and qualitative research methods.

Garner, Brette, Ph.D.


Garner, Brette, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences
303-871-3120, KRH 251

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Dr. Garner’s research and scholarship focuses on mathematics teacher learning. As a middle-school math teacher in Houston, she learned the importance of supporting students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics. At the same time, she saw that there were few opportunities for teachers to learn how to shift their instruction toward more ambitious goals—especially in schools serving historically marginalized and disenfranchised communities. To address this problem, Dr. Garner attended grad school at The University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Garner uses design-based research methodologies to develop partnerships with educators and support their learning goals. She uses qualitative methods, including discourse and interaction analysis, to study teachers’ learning opportunities. In her dissertation research, Dr. Garner analyzed the ways that teachers learn from assessment data in collaborative workgroup settings, particularly in light of the distortive effects of test-based accountability policies. In her current project, Dr. Garner is working with a research team to develop video feedback protocols to support secondary mathematics teacher learning.

Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D.


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

Clinical Professor and Ritchie Endowed Chair for Gifted Education

Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education Program
303-871-2527, KRH 359

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Norma Lu Hafenstein, Ph.D., is the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at the University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences. A former teacher and administrator, Hafenstein brings decades of experience and expertise in graduate-level and K-12 teaching, teacher preparation, program development and evaluation, supervision, and research. Hafenstein led the development and implementation of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) for the University of Denver’s Education Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Gifted Education. She was a member of the Colorado Department of Education’s Standards Development Team where she helped to design the Gifted Education Core, Specialist, and Director endorsements.

Hafenstein has secured over $13 million in grants, gifts, and contracts toward Gifted Education at the University of Denver including support through the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act Grant of the US Department of Education, the Bradley Foundation, the Considine Family Foundation, the Sturm Family Foundation, the Buell Foundation, Daniel L. Ritchie, and Alice Collister. Hafenstein is PI for a $2.8 million, U.S. Department of Education, Jacob K. Javits five-year grant from 2020-2025 for I-REECCH: Impacting Rural Education through Expanding Culturally responsive curriculum, Computer science training, and Higher order thinking skills.

Hafenstein has conducted research in Colorado’s rural school districts since 2014, with the goal of understanding barriers to equitable identification. Her research interests include young gifted children, information-processing styles, social and emotional development, mathematical ability, individualized educational planning, and addressing disproportionality in gifted education. Hafenstein analyzes pre-service teacher training related to the needs of gifted learners and was recently named Chair of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children’s international Teacher Education Position Paper Committee to develop teacher educator standards that support gifted education. 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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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 recipient of the University of Denver's 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award and the former director of student teaching at Skidmore College. He 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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Roberts, Garrett, Ph.D.


Roberts, Garrett, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Teaching and Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction
303-871-2823, KRH 252

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Dr. Roberts received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral Level (BCBA-D). Previously, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique, a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Ethiopia, and a special education teacher in Hawaii and Oregon. He also held the title of a project director for a multi-site NICHD funded Learning Disability Resource Center (LDRC) that developed and implemented a multi-component reading with self-regulation intervention for students with reading comprehension deficits in grades 3-5. He is also the principal investigator on an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) grant to develop a reading intervention for upper elementary students with or at-risk for reading difficulties and attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder. His research includes investigating topics related to students with reading and behavioral difficulties. Visit Dr. Roberts' DU Portfolio.

Salazar, María, Ph.D.


Salazar, María, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Teaching and Learning Sciences and Teacher Education Program
303-871-3772, KRH 346

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Dr. Maria  Salazar’s research and scholarship center on transformative teacher preparation through empirical research on equitable and effective teaching.  Salazar has authored numerous publications on humanizing pedagogies, equitable and effective teaching, culturally responsive teaching, and college access and success for Latinx students.  She has given over 100 scholarly presentations and 20 national and international keynote presentations on her research areas. In addition, she is the lead author of a widely circulated policy document titled, "The State of Latinos 2008: Defining an Agenda for the Future."  This document was presented to members of the U.S. Congress in 2008.  Dr. Salazar served 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.  She was a key contributor in the development of the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions.  She also served on the Colorado Quality Teachers Commission.

Dr. Maria Salazar presented three sessions at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on infusing equity across program components, and developing valid and reliable candidate assessments. She also gave the conference keynote presentation which was titled: Cultivating equity in teacher education - The hope, despair, and tenacity of a rose that grew in concrete.

Dr. Salazar also recently participated in a summit on quality, recruitment and selectivity of teacher candidates which was held in Washington, DC by the National Education Association (NEA). She has also agreed to serve on CAEP's Equity and Global Initiatives Advisory Committee.

Dr. Salazar recently presented at the AERA Conference, and was selected to participate in an IES grant-writing workshop.

Recent Publications:

Salazar, M. & Rios, F. (2016). Just scholarship: Publishing academic research with a social justice focus.  Journal of Multicultural Perspectives, 18(1), 3-11.

Salazar, M., Martinez, L., & Ortega, D. (2016).  Sowing the seeds of multicultural citizenship for Latina/o undocumented youth: Spaces in school and out of school.  International Journal of Multicultural Education, 18(1), 88-106.

Martinez, L., Salazar, M., & Ortega, D. (2016).  Dehumanizing and humanizing pedagogies: Lessons from U.S. Latin@ and undocumented youth through the P-16 pipeline.  In F. Tuitt, C. Haynes, S. Stewart, & (Eds.), Race, Equity and Higher Education: The continued search for critical and inclusive pedagogies around the globe (pp. 131-148).  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing LLC.

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Sarama, Julie, Ph.D.


Sarama, Julie, Ph.D. : 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
303-871-2217, KRH 131

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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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Schmidt, Kimberly, Ph.D.


Schmidt, Kimberly, Ph.D. : Assistant Clinical Professor

Assistant Clinical Professor

Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education Program
303-871-2474, KRH 347

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Dr. Schmidt recently received her PhD from University of Colorado Boulder in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy.  Previously, Dr. Schmidt spent 17 years in public and private schools in a variety of contexts as a teacher and professional developer.  Her research interests include multimodal and digital literacies and culturally responsive pedagogy. She is currently working on conference presentations and journal publications from her dissertation work.  Her personal interests include reading, running, tennis, and watching her three children play baseball and soccer.

Strain, Phil, Ph.D.


Strain, Phil, Ph.D. : Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education

Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center, Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences
303-871-6280, KRH 307

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Phil Strain, PhD is James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education at the Morgridge College of Education and Director of the PELE Center, University of Denver. He is the author of over 300 scientific publications, has served on the editorial boards of 22 professional journals and has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of grants and contracts totaling over 80 million dollars. He is particularly interested in expanding inclusive preschool options, comprehensive services for young children with autism and prevention and intervention for children with challenging behaviors.

Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D.


Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D. : Interim Dean

Interim Dean

Higher Education, 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 Institute for Creative Teaching, and is the interim Chair of the Higher Education Department. His research interests include the study of qualitative research, the research method of Criticism and Connoisseurship, alternative school settings, and curriculum theory and practice.  His latest co-authored books include, Lesson Planning with Purpose: Five Approaches to Curriculum Design; Using Educational Criticism and Connoisseurship for Qualitative Research; and Beyond the One Room School. Dr. Uhrmacher is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and is a music aficionado of bluegrass, rock, jazz, and especially western swing music.

 

Early Childhood Special Education

Banerjee, Rashida, Ph.D.


Banerjee, Rashida,  Ph.D. : Professor & Department Chair

Professor & Department Chair

Teaching & Learning Sciences and Early Childhood Special Education
303-871-6597, KRH 245

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Dr. Rashida Banerjee's area of interest are effective assessment of young children, especially issues around diversity, inclusive intervention for young children, personnel development, and effective community, family, and professional partnerships. In her most recent role as a Professor, Early Childhood Special Education Program Coordinator, and Director for the Center for Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Banerjee has demonstrated commitment to students, preparation of well-prepared personnel in education, and collaboration with colleagues. In accordance with her interests, Dr. Banerjee has published articles, book chapters, received grants, and presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences. Her current national projects funded through the Department of Education, specifically focus on preparing well qualified early childhood and early childhood special educators. She has served on the Division for Early Childhood Board and currently serves on the DEC Recommended Practices Committee responsible for ensuring the development and use of evidenced based practices in early childhood. She also serves as the Editor for Journal for International Special Needs Education.

Click here to access Dr. Banerjee's DU Portfolio.

Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D.


Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D. : Clinical Associate Professor

Clinical Associate Professor

Early Childhood Special Education 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 Associate 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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Miller, Gloria E, Ph.D.


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

Endowed Professor in Literacy

Early Childhood Special Education, 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

Anderson, Erin, Ph.D.


Anderson, Erin, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-2149, KRH 335

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Erin Anderson is an assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. She received her Ph.D. in Administration and Supervision from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Dr. Anderson worked for five years as a research assistant and research associate for the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). During this time, she served on the committee for the Professional Standards of National Leaders (2015, formerly the ISLLC standards) and worked with The Wallace Foundation on the development of a five-year, $47 million initiative to help universities improve principal preparation. She has also been contracted by the American Institute of Research (AIR) for her state policy work and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to support the development of the 2015 PSEL and 2016 National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards (formerly, the ELCC standards).Her research focuses on the planning for school improvement, effective leadership practices in schools and districts, and policy and standards for principal preparation.

As a practitioner she worked as a teacher, a team leader, and the Dean of School Culture and Discipline in Brooklyn, NY, in addition to her work as a teacher at a small alternative school for students struggling with behavioral issues in Charlottesville, VA.

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Candelarie, Doris, Ph.D.


Candelarie, Doris, Ph.D. : 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. : Associate Professor

Associate 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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Korach, Susan, Ed.D.


Korach, Susan, Ed.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-618-3265, 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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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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Richardson, Jayson, Ph.D.


Richardson, Jayson, Ph.D. : Department Chair and Professor

Department Chair and Professor

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

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Jayson W. Richardson earned his PhD in Educational Policy and Administration with a focus on comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Educational Administration and a Director of the Center for the Advanced Study in Technology Leadership. He also serves as the UCEA Associate Director of Program Centers and the co-chair of the Comparative and International Education Society's Information and Communication Technologies special interest group. His research is focused on future ready school leadership with a primary focus on modern digital technologies and understanding their impact on school leadership, school transformation, innovation, and educational decision-making. He enjoys the outdoors (hiking, biking, and kayaking) and is a consummate handyman where he is currently renovating his primary residence. Read more about his academic work on his website.

Tabron, Lolita A., Ph.D.


Tabron, Lolita A., Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-3365, KRH 361

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Lolita Christopher Tabron received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University and currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Denver. She is a critical quantitative researcher and education policy analyst who studies how systemic racism and other forms of oppression are perpetuated through policies, leadership practice, and statistical data. Dr. Tabron focuses her work broadly on equity and access for underrepresented communities across the PK-20 pipeline and more specifically on policies and practices affecting college access for African American youth. She is committed to helping educational leaders develop an equity-focused lens and skillset to effectively lead in diverse K-12 school settings that do not perpetuate systems of marginalization.

Dr. Tabron has authored publications on race and racism in K-12 schools, critical quantitative inquiry, and policies shaping educational equity, access and opportunity in K-12 education for African American youth, their families, and other underrepresented communities. Prior to becoming a researcher, Dr. Tabron was distinguished as a Master teacher. She was also an instructional coach for urban school districts mentoring new teachers in diverse, high-stakes charter and traditional public school settings.

Higher Education

Cross, William E. Jr, Ph.D.


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

Professor Emeritus

Higher Education and Counseling Psychology
303-871-4592, KRH 226

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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. : Associate Dean and Professor

Associate Dean and Professor

Office of the Dean / 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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Hurtado, Sarah, Ph.D.


Hurtado, Sarah, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Department of Higher Education
303-871-4624, KRH 355

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Dr. Sarah S. Hurtado received her Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington in Higher Education. Her primary research agenda is focused in two areas: critically examining the replication of rape culture within colleges and universities and leveraging faculty members to address issues of inequity. She is committed to investigating the ways institutions contribute to the persistence of inequity that leads to sexual violence and identifying necessary solutions for addressing this issue. She is also part of a research team working with the National Survey of Student Engagement and ACUHO-I to better understand the relationship between a student’s living environment, engagement at their institution, and their persistence.

Nelson, Chris A., Ph.D.


Nelson, Chris A., Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Higher Education
303-871-2487, KRH 349

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Chris A. Nelson, Ph.D., is of the Diné and Laguna Pueblo tribes of the southwest. Dr. Nelson received her doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. With over 10 years of higher education experience, she has a cross sectioning of experiences ranging from educational pathways in STEM, policy research, and student affairs.

The research she engages with strives to challenge the status quo of higher education for Native students and their communities. Her primary research interest focuses on finance in higher education, which ranges from student experiences to policy. Chris also blends critical theory and Indigenous perspectives/methods to explore the long-term impacts of pre-college access programs.

Nguyen, Mike Hoa, Ph.D.


Nguyen, Mike Hoa, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Department of Higher Education
303-871-7676, KRH-363

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Dr. Mike Hoa Nguyen is assistant professor of higher education at the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education and faculty affiliate at the Scrivner Institute for Public Policy and the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE).  His research examines the benefits and consequences of public policy instruments in expanding or constraining the operations of colleges and universities, with a specific focus on federal diversity initiatives. This agenda falls into two policy strands: (1) how the federal Minority Serving Institution (MSI) program serves as a vehicle for academic institutions to enhance student success by advancing the political agendas of communities of color and (2) the influence of the judicial branch, as a policy-making body, in regulating the role of racial diversity at colleges and universities.

Dr. Nguyen aims to better articulate how federal diversity policy can reach its potential, and fulfill its promise to address pervasive educational inequalities for underrepresented populations and regions within the United States. His work has been published in several outlets including Educational Researcher and the Review of Higher Education; and he testified before the California State Assembly’s Committee on Higher Education.

Prior to earning his doctorate, Dr. Nguyen served as a senior staff member in the United States Congress, where his policy portfolio included a number of key issues, including postsecondary education and the judiciary. Before federal service, Dr. Nguyen was a program associate at De Anza College, where he mentored students, developed new curriculum, and taught. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and his graduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Learn more about Dr. Nguyen on his Portfolio Page.

Orphan, Cecilia, Ph.D.


Orphan, Cecilia, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Higher Education
303-871-3619, KRH 354

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Dr. Cecilia M. Orphan holds a Ph.D. 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 public higher education, and the role of open access universities in facilitating educational 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. Portfolio

Sponsler, Laura, Ph.D.


Sponsler, Laura, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Higher Education
303-871-2720, KRH 352

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Dr. Sponsler received her Ph.D. 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.

Tyson, Michele, Ed.D.


Tyson, Michele, Ed.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Higher Education
303-871-2255. KRH 337

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Dr. Michele Tyson has worked in the field of higher education for 20 years, with experience in student affairs, enrollment management, and student services.  Dr. Tyson has an MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, a BA in History from the University of Northern Colorado, and an EdD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver. Dr. Tyson’s professional and research interests include: issues of access and persistence for post-traditional students, adult education, organizational change, ethics in higher education, and development of new professionals. Most recently, she created and implemented the transition plan for students following the academic program closure at Colorado Women’s College and was a critical part of the organization’s strategic planning efforts.  Additional professional experience includes working with a variety of different college students at both private and public institutions.  With three school-aged children, weekends are generally spent on the ballfield - any and every ballfield!

Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D.


Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D. : Interim Dean

Interim Dean

Higher Education, 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 Institute for Creative Teaching, and is the interim Chair of the Higher Education Department. His research interests include the study of qualitative research, the research method of Criticism and Connoisseurship, alternative school settings, and curriculum theory and practice.  His latest co-authored books include, Lesson Planning with Purpose: Five Approaches to Curriculum Design; Using Educational Criticism and Connoisseurship for Qualitative Research; and Beyond the One Room School. Dr. Uhrmacher is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and is a music aficionado of bluegrass, rock, jazz, and especially western swing music.

 

Library and Information Science

Acadia, Spencer, Ph.D.


Acadia, Spencer, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Library and Information Science program
303-871-2838, KRH 248

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Spencer Acadia holds a PhD in sociology, as well as an MA in psychology and an MLS. Spencer has ten years of experience working in academic libraries and is an elected officer in the Knowledge Management Section of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Spencer wrote for and edited the books Libraries that Learn: Keys to Managing Organizational Knowledge (American Library Association, 2019) and Library and Information Studies for Arctic Social Sciences and Humanities (Routledge, 2020). Spencer’s ongoing research interests include dysfunction in the library workplace and LIS in, for, and about the Arctic. Spencer’s primary teaching interests are research methods, international LIS studies, collection development and management, and social/behavioral aspects of LIS. Learn more about Spencer’s work at: http://portfolio.du.edu/spencer.acadia/ and https://www.spenceracadia.com. Spencer enjoys spending hours listening to 80s, new wave, and synth/electronic music and is an admirer of geometric and abstract art.

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 in information science from the University of North Texas. His research focuses on diffusion of knowledge and innovation, knowledge production, and data for development - all in the context of Africa, as well as information systems success, health informatics and learning technologies. His current research investigates the role of big data and data use to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3 – i.e. – healthcare and well-being, taking Africa as a case. Dr. Assefa developed and taught numerous graduate level courses in the area of information science and technology, including information science, data mining, data visualization, database management system, information architecture, library and information technology, web content management, usability, user-centered design, information retrieval, information seeking behavior, teaching and learning with technology. For more details, please visit his Portfolio Page or personal website.

Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D.


Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Department of Research Methods and Information Science and Research Methods and Statistics
303-871-2477, KRH 231

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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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Dali, Keren, Ph.D.


Dali, Keren, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Library & Information Science

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Dr. Keren Dali received her MISt and Ph.D. from the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada. Her primary research interests are community engagement in libraries; diversity and inclusion at the workplace; relationships between LIS and Social Work; disabilities; LIS education with the focus on humanistic pedagogies; and reading practices of adults. With the background in Social Work and LIS, Dr. Dali holds the inaugural Outstanding Instructor Award from the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; the inaugural Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults; the Outstanding Reviewer distinction and the Outstanding and Highly Commended Paper distinctions from the Emerald publisher; and the David Cohen/ EMIERT Multicultural Award 2018 from the American Library Association. Her work has been funded by the grants from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada and the American Library Association, among others. She is active in LIS scholarly and professional associations, including ALISE, IFLA, and ASIS&t. Dr. Dali serves as Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion and as an editorial board member of The Library Quarterly, Journal of Education for Library & Information Science, and Journal of Librarianship & Information Science.

Matusiak, Krystyna, Ph.D.


Matusiak, Krystyna, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Library and Information Science
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.  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 interest in international librarianship and serves as an officer of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Standing Committee. Together with Dr. Tammaro, she coordinated an IFLA research project on the roles and responsibilities of data curators.  Her research interests include digital library development and evaluation, digitization of cultural heritage materials, digital curation, visual information, and information seeking behavior. Her book, Digital Libraries: Research and Practice, co-authored with Dr. Iris Xie was published in 2016.  She enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.

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Organisciak, Peter, Ph.D.


Organisciak, Peter, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Department of Research Methods and Information Science
303-871-3587, KRH 247

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Peter's research focuses on massive-scale text analysis, information retrieval, and data issues in crowdsourcing. He currently develops computational methods for extracting meaning from text at scales too large for a person to read. Dr. Organisciak holds a PhD in Library and Information Science (UIUC) and an MA in Humanities Computing-Library and Information Studies (Alberta). Most recently, he has focused on scholarly access to millions of digitized books at the HathiTrust Research Center. His work has received paper awards from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), and won a joint Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. Peter leads the Massive Texts Lab, which applies computational methods to the study of large text collections. Find out more on Peter's Portfolio Page.

Pettitt, Karl


Pettitt, Karl : LIS Affiliated Faculty

LIS Affiliated Faculty

Library and Information Science
303-871-4011, AAC 320D

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Karl Pettitt received his MLIS from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He has served on numerous national committees through ALA including the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Subject Analysis Committee and the Library History Round Table Executive Committee. His research has focused on the education of librarians, assessment strategies for cataloging departments, culturally sensitive classification and controlled vocabularies, and the history of libraries. His publications include a chapter in the edited volume Re-Envisioning the MLS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education as well as a chapter in the edited volume Assessment Strategies in Technical Services. He co-wrote with his fellow committee members the Report of the SAC Working Group on Alternatives to LCSH “Illegal aliens”. Karl serves as the Coordinator of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the University Libraries here at the University of Denver. He previously served as the Technical Services Librarian for the David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library at Northern Illinois University and the Catalog Librarian at Buswell Memorial Library at Wheaton College in Illinois.

Stansbury, Mary, Ph.D.


Stansbury, Mary, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

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

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Dr. Stansbury received her Ph.D. 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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Zhang, Duan, Ph.D.


Zhang, Duan, Ph.D. : Department Chair

Department Chair

Department of Research Methods and Information Science
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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Research Methods and Statistics

Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D.


Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Department of Research Methods and Information Science and Research Methods and Statistics
303-871-2477, KRH 231

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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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Dumas, Denis, Ph.D.


Dumas, Denis, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Department of Research Methods and Information Science
303-871-4710, KRH 233

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Denis Dumas is an assistant professor of Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education. In general, his work focuses on understanding student learning, cognition, and creativity through the application and refinement of latent variable methods, especially multidimensional item response theory and non-linear growth models. He is the co-creator of a psychometric framework called dynamic measurement modeling—a mixed-effects paradigm for quantifying the ability of students to learn in response to particular instruction—and is widely interested in the mental attributes that contribute to students’ academic success across domains and contexts. He completed his doctoral work in Educational Psychology, and Master’s degree in Educational Measurement and Statistics, at the University of Maryland-College Park, and was a post-doctoral researcher at the American Educational Research Association. Before coming to the University of Denver, he was assistant professor of Educational Psychology at Howard University. His work has been previously funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Educational Sciences, Hewlett Foundation, and during the academic year 2019-20, he is a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Research Development Fellow. Click here to view his University of Denver portfolio page.

Green, Kathy, Ph.D.


Green, Kathy, Ph.D. :  Professor

Professor

Research Methods and Statistics
303-871-2490, KRH 226

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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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Thomas Pitts, Robyn, Ph.D.


Thomas Pitts, Robyn, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Department of Research Methods and Information Science
303-871-2549, KRH 249

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Dr. Thomas Pitts received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She focuses on program evaluation in educational contexts, an interest that grew out of her prior experiences as a high school science teacher, instructional coach, and educational administrator. Her current research interests focus on issues of evaluation and assessment, specifically regarding the use of evaluative information for accountability and organizational learning purposes. She is also interested in teaching evaluation, systems thinking, and culturally responsive approaches to evaluation. Dr. Thomas Pitts enjoys yoga, biking, and skiing, as well as science fiction and fantasy literature.

Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D.


Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D. : Interim Dean

Interim Dean

Higher Education, 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 Institute for Creative Teaching, and is the interim Chair of the Higher Education Department. His research interests include the study of qualitative research, the research method of Criticism and Connoisseurship, alternative school settings, and curriculum theory and practice.  His latest co-authored books include, Lesson Planning with Purpose: Five Approaches to Curriculum Design; Using Educational Criticism and Connoisseurship for Qualitative Research; and Beyond the One Room School. Dr. Uhrmacher is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and is a music aficionado of bluegrass, rock, jazz, and especially western swing music.

 

Zhang, Duan, Ph.D.


Zhang, Duan, Ph.D. : Department Chair

Department Chair

Department of Research Methods and Information Science
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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School Counseling

Blueford, Jillian, Ph.D.


Blueford, Jillian, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor and Practicum and Internship Specialist

Clinical Assistant Professor and Practicum and Internship Specialist

Department of Counseling Psychology, SchoolCounseling@Denver
303-871-6594, KRH 133

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Dr. Jillian Blueford earned a BS in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, a MA in Counseling from Rollins College, and a PhD in counselor education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her clinical professional background includes working in a variety of settings such as a hospice bereavement center, a psychiatric behavioral hospital, as an independent counselor for the Tennessee Department of Children Services, and finally as a professional counselor for an UT outreach program for college students from rural Appalachian areas. She is a member of several program associations, including the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, American School Counseling Association, and the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Her research focuses on professional counselor competency in grief counseling and developing systemic grief models for professional counselors.

Johnson, Joseph, Ph.D.


Johnson, Joseph, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling Psychology, SchoolCounseling@Denver

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Dr. Joe Johnson is a highly regarded educator and international speaker on unleashing your purpose and social justice. He has worked with dozens of educational and corporate organizations in the United States like Toyota, FedEx, United Negro College Fund and many school districts; helping to transform culture, enhance diversity, and student/professional development.

With a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Florida, Dr. Joe’s versatility has allowed him to gain over 20 years of experience in transformation work. His insights have been seen on many national platforms like NBC, VH1, and several other media outlets. As the author of the books, “Pursue Your Purpose Not Your Dreams,” and “The College Kids,” which is the only bilingual book in the country about college for elementary students, Dr. Joe continues to transform the lives of individuals and take organizations to their next level by helping them to Think, Act, and Live with purpose and intention.

Research Interest:

  • Discovering our Purpose in Life
  • Career and Personal Life Transitions
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Justice
  • Counseling the Undocumented Population

O’Malley, John, Ph.D.


O’Malley, John, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling Psychology, SchoolCounseling@Denver
303-871-2857, KRH 358

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Dr. John O'Malley previously held a lead faculty role at Johnson & Wales University (Denver) in the Applied Psychology program. His research interests include self-concept development, school counselors’ roles in post-secondary transitioning, and the psychosocial side of learning disabilities.

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Pinto, Stacy, Ph.D.


Pinto, Stacy, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director

Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director

Department of Counseling Psychology, SchoolCounseling@Denver
303-871-2832, KRH 258

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Dr. Pinto is currently the Program Director for the SchoolCounseling@Denver program. After earning a BA in Psychology from Marist College, Dr. Stacy Pinto received both her MA in School Counseling and PhD in Counselor Education from Montclair State University. Her experience spans a variety of counseling settings, including K-12 and higher education environments, and both in-home and community-based mental health services. Prior to joining the faculty at DU, she served as both an administrator and adjunct instructor at Montclair State University. She is a National Certified Counselor, and both a certified School Counselor and Licensed Associate Counselor in the State of New Jersey. Her interests include intersectionality, queer issues across the lifespan, sexual identity labeling and language, and the creation of nurturing counseling and educational environments across settings.

Rian, Sage, Ph.D.


Rian, Sage, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling Psychology, SchoolCounseling@Denver

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Dr. Sage Rian earned their B.A. from Georgian Court University, their M.S. from Monmouth University, and their Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Rian is a National Certified Counselor who started their career as a clinical counselor working with substance abuse, but discovered a passion for school counseling during their doctoral studies. While they have experience at every level in public and charter settings, Dr. Rian really loved working with elementary students and conducting play therapy. Their research interests include ecotherapy, nature and health, and neurodiversity in adults. Dr. Rian is an active member of the American School Counseling Association, the American Counseling Association, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

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School Psychology

Allen, Korrie Ph.D.


Allen, Korrie Ph.D. : Clinic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor

School Psychology Program
303-871-7662, KRH 242

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Korrie Allen, PsyD., is the Clinic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor School Psychology program. Dr. Allen received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and her doctoral degree in Psychology from St. John’s University. Dr. Allen was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and on the professional staff at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters until 2013 when she relocated to Northern Virginia and founded Innovative Psychological Solutions. Dr. Allen has successfully completed research projects funded by agencies such as the Commonwealth Health Research Board, U.S. Department of Education, Governor’s Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and the Society for School Psychology Research. Her recent studies evaluated the impact of parent-child interaction training to address aggressive and oppositional behaviors among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her areas of expertise include autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and disruptive behavior disorders. She has received the Outstanding Research in Counseling Award from the American Education Research Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award from St. John’s University. She has presented at national conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals, and co-edited the book Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the Schools.

Banerjee, Rashida, Ph.D.


Banerjee, Rashida,  Ph.D. : Professor & Department Chair

Professor & Department Chair

Teaching & Learning Sciences and Early Childhood Special Education
303-871-6597, KRH 245

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Dr. Rashida Banerjee's area of interest are effective assessment of young children, especially issues around diversity, inclusive intervention for young children, personnel development, and effective community, family, and professional partnerships. In her most recent role as a Professor, Early Childhood Special Education Program Coordinator, and Director for the Center for Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Banerjee has demonstrated commitment to students, preparation of well-prepared personnel in education, and collaboration with colleagues. In accordance with her interests, Dr. Banerjee has published articles, book chapters, received grants, and presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences. Her current national projects funded through the Department of Education, specifically focus on preparing well qualified early childhood and early childhood special educators. She has served on the Division for Early Childhood Board and currently serves on the DEC Recommended Practices Committee responsible for ensuring the development and use of evidenced based practices in early childhood. She also serves as the Editor for Journal for International Special Needs Education.

Click here to access Dr. Banerjee's DU Portfolio.

Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D.


Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D. : Clinical Associate Professor

Clinical Associate Professor

Early Childhood Special Education 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 Associate 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.

Portfolio

Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D.


Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

School Psychology Program
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.

Portfolio

McDiarmid, Amy, Ph.D., NCSP


McDiarmid, Amy, Ph.D., NCSP : Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Field Experiences

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Field Experiences

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences and School Psychology
303-871-3765 KRH 351

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Dr. Amy K. McDiarmid received her doctorate degree from the University of Denver and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. In the past, she has worked as a Behavior Specialist through the Colorado Department of Education and provided urban and rural districts with guidance around intervention and data collection at the universal, targeted and intensive levels of service. She has worked as a School Psychologist with Denver Public Schools for the past ten years and currently maintains a part-time position within the district as a practitioner.  During her work with Denver Public Schools, she has specialized in alternative education providing assessment, counseling, consultation and crisis intervention (school, district & state level).  Additionally, she has delivered school-wide and district guidance around social emotional development and educating the whole child.  Her passion and research interests include: equity in student voice and choice in academic and social emotional learning; and, authentic relationship development within a school climate and culture.  Dr. McDiarmid is a member of the National Association of School Psychologist, American Psychological Association and Colorado Society of School Psychologists. Dr. McDiarmid enjoys spending her free time outside hiking, skiing and biking with her husband and daughter.

Miller, Gloria E, Ph.D.


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

Endowed Professor in Literacy

Early Childhood Special Education, 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.

Portfolio

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


Raines, Tara C., Ph.D., N.C.S.P. : Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training

Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training

School Psychology Program
303-871-7015, KRH 260

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Tara C. Raines, Ph.D., N.C.S.P. is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the 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.

Portfolio

Talapatra, Devadrita, Ph.D.


Talapatra, Devadrita, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

School Psychology Program
303-871-3352, KRH 255

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Dr. Devadrita Talapatra is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. She received her B.S. from Emory University in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Ph.D. from Georgia State University in School Psychology. Please see her Portfolio page for additional details regarding her research and practice interests.

Teacher Preparation Programs

Banerjee, Rashida, Ph.D.


Banerjee, Rashida,  Ph.D. : Professor & Department Chair

Professor & Department Chair

Teaching & Learning Sciences and Early Childhood Special Education
303-871-6597, KRH 245

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Dr. Rashida Banerjee's area of interest are effective assessment of young children, especially issues around diversity, inclusive intervention for young children, personnel development, and effective community, family, and professional partnerships. In her most recent role as a Professor, Early Childhood Special Education Program Coordinator, and Director for the Center for Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Banerjee has demonstrated commitment to students, preparation of well-prepared personnel in education, and collaboration with colleagues. In accordance with her interests, Dr. Banerjee has published articles, book chapters, received grants, and presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences. Her current national projects funded through the Department of Education, specifically focus on preparing well qualified early childhood and early childhood special educators. She has served on the Division for Early Childhood Board and currently serves on the DEC Recommended Practices Committee responsible for ensuring the development and use of evidenced based practices in early childhood. She also serves as the Editor for Journal for International Special Needs Education.

Click here to access Dr. Banerjee's DU Portfolio.

Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D.


Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D. : Clinical Associate Professor

Clinical Associate Professor

Early Childhood Special Education 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 Associate 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.

Portfolio

Delaney, Mary Kay, Ph.D.


Delaney, Mary Kay, Ph.D. : Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

Teaching & Learning Sciences

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Mary Kay Delaney earned a B.A. from The George Washington University, a Master of Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in social foundations of education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed courses leading to graduate teaching licensure in special education at Boston University. Mary Kay served as an alternate federal negotiator on the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Preparation Committee (2012), the committee that first considered, via the negotiated rule-making process, current proposed teacher education regulations. She recently served on the North Carolina Think Tank on K-3 Assessment as part of a state-wide, interdisciplinary effort to develop assessment for learning activities. She has taught in public and private schools and has served as principal of a PK-8 parochial school. She is the recipient of the School of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Dean’s Award (2014), the EHHS Service Award (2010), and the Laura Harrill Presidential Award for Outstanding Service, Meredith College (2011). Her areas of special interest include learning in sociocultural contexts, teacher education, equity and education, special education, and qualitative research methods.

Garner, Brette, Ph.D.


Garner, Brette, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences
303-871-3120, KRH 251

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Dr. Garner’s research and scholarship focuses on mathematics teacher learning. As a middle-school math teacher in Houston, she learned the importance of supporting students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics. At the same time, she saw that there were few opportunities for teachers to learn how to shift their instruction toward more ambitious goals—especially in schools serving historically marginalized and disenfranchised communities. To address this problem, Dr. Garner attended grad school at The University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Garner uses design-based research methodologies to develop partnerships with educators and support their learning goals. She uses qualitative methods, including discourse and interaction analysis, to study teachers’ learning opportunities. In her dissertation research, Dr. Garner analyzed the ways that teachers learn from assessment data in collaborative workgroup settings, particularly in light of the distortive effects of test-based accountability policies. In her current project, Dr. Garner is working with a research team to develop video feedback protocols to support secondary mathematics teacher learning.

Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D.


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

Clinical Professor and Ritchie Endowed Chair for Gifted Education

Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education Program
303-871-2527, KRH 359

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Norma Lu Hafenstein, Ph.D., is the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at the University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences. A former teacher and administrator, Hafenstein brings decades of experience and expertise in graduate-level and K-12 teaching, teacher preparation, program development and evaluation, supervision, and research. Hafenstein led the development and implementation of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) for the University of Denver’s Education Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Gifted Education. She was a member of the Colorado Department of Education’s Standards Development Team where she helped to design the Gifted Education Core, Specialist, and Director endorsements.

Hafenstein has secured over $13 million in grants, gifts, and contracts toward Gifted Education at the University of Denver including support through the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act Grant of the US Department of Education, the Bradley Foundation, the Considine Family Foundation, the Sturm Family Foundation, the Buell Foundation, Daniel L. Ritchie, and Alice Collister. Hafenstein is PI for a $2.8 million, U.S. Department of Education, Jacob K. Javits five-year grant from 2020-2025 for I-REECCH: Impacting Rural Education through Expanding Culturally responsive curriculum, Computer science training, and Higher order thinking skills.

Hafenstein has conducted research in Colorado’s rural school districts since 2014, with the goal of understanding barriers to equitable identification. Her research interests include young gifted children, information-processing styles, social and emotional development, mathematical ability, individualized educational planning, and addressing disproportionality in gifted education. Hafenstein analyzes pre-service teacher training related to the needs of gifted learners and was recently named Chair of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children’s international Teacher Education Position Paper Committee to develop teacher educator standards that support gifted education. 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.

Portfolio

Leonard, Betsy, M.Ed.


Leonard, Betsy, M.Ed. : Community Engagement Specialist

Community Engagement Specialist

Teacher Education Program
303-871-3835, KRH 242

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Betsy Leonard received her M.Ed. from the Georgia State University. She has extensive experience in teacher education, professional development and educator evaluations through her work the past 20 years. She has worked in multiple levels of the P-12 education from urban classrooms in Denver and Atlanta Public Schools, coaching, curriculum development and school start-up. Her passion lies in driving student and teacher achievement by transforming her-based best practices into practical, engaging collaborative classrooms. Her professional interest include teacher effectiveness, improvement of school quality and teacher preparation programs. Ms. Leonard enjoys getting out to enjoy all season of Colorado with her family.

Lerner, Jessica PhD


Lerner, Jessica PhD : Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Teacher Training

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Teacher Training

Teacher Education Program
303-871-2517, KRH 336

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Jessica Lerner is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Teacher Training at Morgridge College of Education. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. Her research interests include beginning teacher development, teacher training, and culturally responsive teacher evaluation.

Portfolio

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 recipient of the University of Denver's 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award and the former director of student teaching at Skidmore College. He 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.

Portfolio.

Salazar, María, Ph.D.


Salazar, María, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Teaching and Learning Sciences and Teacher Education Program
303-871-3772, KRH 346

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Dr. Maria  Salazar’s research and scholarship center on transformative teacher preparation through empirical research on equitable and effective teaching.  Salazar has authored numerous publications on humanizing pedagogies, equitable and effective teaching, culturally responsive teaching, and college access and success for Latinx students.  She has given over 100 scholarly presentations and 20 national and international keynote presentations on her research areas. In addition, she is the lead author of a widely circulated policy document titled, "The State of Latinos 2008: Defining an Agenda for the Future."  This document was presented to members of the U.S. Congress in 2008.  Dr. Salazar served 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.  She was a key contributor in the development of the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions.  She also served on the Colorado Quality Teachers Commission.

Dr. Maria Salazar presented three sessions at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on infusing equity across program components, and developing valid and reliable candidate assessments. She also gave the conference keynote presentation which was titled: Cultivating equity in teacher education - The hope, despair, and tenacity of a rose that grew in concrete.

Dr. Salazar also recently participated in a summit on quality, recruitment and selectivity of teacher candidates which was held in Washington, DC by the National Education Association (NEA). She has also agreed to serve on CAEP's Equity and Global Initiatives Advisory Committee.

Dr. Salazar recently presented at the AERA Conference, and was selected to participate in an IES grant-writing workshop.

Recent Publications:

Salazar, M. & Rios, F. (2016). Just scholarship: Publishing academic research with a social justice focus.  Journal of Multicultural Perspectives, 18(1), 3-11.

Salazar, M., Martinez, L., & Ortega, D. (2016).  Sowing the seeds of multicultural citizenship for Latina/o undocumented youth: Spaces in school and out of school.  International Journal of Multicultural Education, 18(1), 88-106.

Martinez, L., Salazar, M., & Ortega, D. (2016).  Dehumanizing and humanizing pedagogies: Lessons from U.S. Latin@ and undocumented youth through the P-16 pipeline.  In F. Tuitt, C. Haynes, S. Stewart, & (Eds.), Race, Equity and Higher Education: The continued search for critical and inclusive pedagogies around the globe (pp. 131-148).  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing LLC.

Portfolio

Schmidt, Kimberly, Ph.D.


Schmidt, Kimberly, Ph.D. : Assistant Clinical Professor

Assistant Clinical Professor

Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education Program
303-871-2474, KRH 347

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Dr. Schmidt recently received her PhD from University of Colorado Boulder in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy.  Previously, Dr. Schmidt spent 17 years in public and private schools in a variety of contexts as a teacher and professional developer.  Her research interests include multimodal and digital literacies and culturally responsive pedagogy. She is currently working on conference presentations and journal publications from her dissertation work.  Her personal interests include reading, running, tennis, and watching her three children play baseball and soccer.

Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D.


Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D. : Interim Dean

Interim Dean

Higher Education, 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 Institute for Creative Teaching, and is the interim Chair of the Higher Education Department. His research interests include the study of qualitative research, the research method of Criticism and Connoisseurship, alternative school settings, and curriculum theory and practice.  His latest co-authored books include, Lesson Planning with Purpose: Five Approaches to Curriculum Design; Using Educational Criticism and Connoisseurship for Qualitative Research; and Beyond the One Room School. Dr. Uhrmacher is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and is a music aficionado of bluegrass, rock, jazz, and especially western swing music.

 

Offices & Staff

Academic Services

Donovan, Michelle


Donovan, Michelle : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Department of Counseling Psychology
303-871-7674, KRH 250B

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Michelle Donovan is a Colorado native, and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with her Bachelor’s in Women’s Studies and a Psychology minor. After college she worked for an accounting firm in Denver for a few years in their Audit department on a team with a dozen other administrative professionals. She then moved to the Bay area, and worked in a myriad of industries there for a year and a half, then moved to Phoenix, AZ for a year and worked for a loan servicing company while there. She has a wide array of administrative experience, and also worked in the service industry for quite a while and enjoyed that but is excited for a change of pace. Donovan is passionate about education, as well as mental health awareness and treatment, and she is ecstatic to be at MCE helping out the Counseling Psychology Department.   When not at Morgridge, Michelle enjoys dance and music, surfing when she’s able to visit California, and writing.

Duggan, Kara


Duggan, Kara : Academic Services Associate for C&I and TEP

Academic Services Associate for C&I and TEP

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences
303-871-7013, KRH 250F

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A Colorado native, Kara Duggan comes to Morgridge College of Education from the University of Wyoming. There, she received a Bachelor of Arts in English with professional and creative writing minors, and then worked on campus in a variety of positions. As an office associate for the Wyoming School-University Partnership, Duggan gained experience in conference planning, marketing, and collaborating with educators across the state. Duggan then worked as the project coordinator for UW’s Sensory Biology Center (SBC). She managed the accounting, assisted the primary investigators and graduate students, and developed communication strategies for the center. At Morgridge, Duggan is thrilled to support students and faculty in the Teacher Education Preparation and Curriculum and Instruction programs. She also will help coordinate events for the Higher Education department and assist with its newsletters and reports. When not at MCE, Duggan enjoys exploring all the activities and events DU has to offer, playing in Denver, and hanging out with family in Fort Collins.

Espinosa-Galindo, Jessica


Espinosa-Galindo, Jessica : Academic Services Associate for SP & ECSE

Academic Services Associate for SP & ECSE

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences
303-871-4216, KRH 250C

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Jensen, Amanda, Ph.D.


Jensen, Amanda, Ph.D. : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-6027, KRH 350C

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Amanda earned her PhD in Musicology from Indiana University and her BA degrees in Plan II Liberal Arts Honors, Music, and Ancient Greek from the University of Texas. She is passionate about working with students to achieve their goals and has years of experience in education, university administration, and academic editing. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hiking, biking, learning languages, and playing flute.

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 250D

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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

Portfolio

Millies, Anna


Millies, Anna : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services for the Department of Higher Education
303-871-2494, KRH 350E

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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

Portfolio Coming Soon.

Wright, Dana


Wright, Dana : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

MLIS@Denver | SchoolCounseling@Denver
303-871-3590, KRH 240D

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Dana is a Colorado native. She is the mother of two young boys and a mini Maltese. Dana enjoys traveling and going on leisurely hikes with her fiancé and family. She is currently studying Communications. "It has been a pleasure to work at DU because of the inviting community and rewarding work."

Admissions

Dye, Jodi


Dye, Jodi : Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Marketing

Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Marketing

Admissions
303-871-2510, KRH 117

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Jodi Dye, Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Marketing for the Morgridge College of Education, received her MA in Higher Education from the University of Denver in 2009.  Jodi began her career in enrollment management by joining the Morgridge College of Education in 2006.  Following graduation from her Master’s program, and following her partner across the country, Jodi served as an academic advisor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Jodi enjoyed her time at UNC, but felt the pull of Colorado, DU, and Morgridge and returned as the Assistant Director of Admissions for Morgridge in 2011.  In 2014, she became Director. In 2021, Jodi took on the role of Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Marketing.  Jodi manages the admissions and marketing staff and the day to day operations of the Morgridge Office of Admissions.  Jodi has the privilege and enjoyment of working with a spectacular team and learning and growing from the impressive group of prospective students applying to Morgridge each year.  Her professional interests include access and equity within post-secondary institutions, team development, and the ongoing work to remove barriers through the application process.  Personal interests include exploring local culinary scenes, theater, travel, and most importantly spending time with her husband, 2 young daughters, and a hound dog.

Schlueter, Noah


Schlueter, Noah : Admissions Counselor

Admissions Counselor

Office of Admissions
303-871-2503, KRH 113

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BA from Butler University.

Primary Responsibilities: This position manages all admissions aspects of the various programs within the Morgridge College of Education.  This counselor is the primary contact person for the programs within the Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences.  The counselor works with Department Chairs and academic programs to ensure a diverse class which meets the need of the college.

Sylte, Erin


Sylte, Erin : Admissions Assistant

Admissions Assistant

303-871-2509, KRH 110

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Erin Sylte received her BA in Communication and Journalism from the University of Northern Colorado.  Ms. Sylte then began her career in advertising where she worked as an Account Manager and Media Buyer.  After her second child was born she became a stay-at-mom and held a variety of part-time jobs in Real Estate Appraisal and Catering.  Erin Sylte joined the Morgridge College of Education in the Admissions Office in June 2014. When she is not at work, Erin enjoys outdoor activities with her dog, reading a good book, and finding new restaurants. She also enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband of 28 years.

Office of Admissions


Office of Admissions : General Admission Contact

General Admission Contact

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

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Alumni, Career, and Community Services

Stribling, Megan


Stribling, Megan : Director of Alumni Engagement

Director of Alumni Engagement

303-871-2375, KRH 132

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Megan Stribling serves as MCE’s Director of Alumni Engagement. In this role, Megan works to build and enrich awareness and active engagement of the college's alumni and friends. Megan joined the University of Denver in July of 2017, after serving as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Events at the University of Colorado Denver's Business School. During her tenure at CU Denver, she managed the development and launch of the Business School's alumni engagement efforts. This included the creation of the school's first alumni advisory board, developing programs based on surveyed alumni needs, launching the student-alumni mentoring program, and managing networking and professional development events. Additionally, she managed logistics, communications and recruitment efforts for over 20 high-profile events per year, originating from the Dean’s Office and in partnership with cross-campus departments. Prior to joining CU Denver, Megan worked as the Events and Community Engagement Manager at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado.

Megan is an alumna of Auburn University (War Eagle!) where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Marketing. She and her husband, Thomas, along with their two beagles, Ruby and Cooper, live just a few blocks from campus. You can find her rafting in the summer, watching college football in the fall, and skiing in the winter.

Budget and Planning

Albertoni, Mary


Albertoni, Mary : HR Business Coordinator

HR Business Coordinator

303-871-2532, KRH 311

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Mary Albertoni holds an MS in Management from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a BS in Marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Albertoni has worked in marketing, medical, and legal professions before coming to higher education in 2017. She is the Chapter Counselor for the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at CU-Boulder and is also a Board Member of Down with Dough, a non-profit, that works to improve financial literacy through supporting and improving education. Albertoni is a Colorado native and enjoys photography, travel, and scrapbooking in her free time. She is married and has two college-age children, two dogs, a cat, and a desert tortoise.

Clayton, Emilia


Clayton, Emilia : Grant Administrator III

Grant Administrator III

Office of Budget & Planning
303-871-4236, KRH 313

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Emilia has 15+ years of experience in Grant and Contract Accounting and Research Administration. Her key responsibilities include reviewing research proposals, budgets, research awards, federal grants, industry contracts, managing subcontracts, clinical trials, forecasting, reconciliations and financial reporting. Emilia provides support to Morgridge College of Education, Research Centers and Institutes as needed. Emilia came from Northwestern University and her background is in Mathematics. She has two amazing boys, a dog, big family and lots of friends. She loves watching movies, biking, walking and helping others.

Davies, Katlin


Davies, Katlin : Grants Specialist and Accounting Clerk

Grants Specialist and Accounting Clerk

Budget and Planning Office
303-871-2073, KRH 315

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Kat Davies earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and has had the pleasure of working in a variety of industries since she was a student, most notably mining, law, and education.  She joined MCE in January 2014. She works closely with the Fisher Early Learning Center and the Ricks Center for Gifted Children and also assists Morgridge faculty with internal post-award and travel management. She is a member of The Initiative’s Board of Directors, a local non-profit dedicated to education and advocacy for victims of violence and abuse. She spends much of her free time reading, exploring Denver with her husband, and hanging out with their cat, Sassifrass, and two pups, Lucy and Darwin.

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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Holland, Nicole


Holland, Nicole : Associate Director for Accreditation and Assessment

Associate Director for Accreditation and Assessment

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

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Nicole Holland comes to the Morgridge College of Education with a Bachelors in Psychology and History from Gustavus Adolphus College as well as a Masters in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development from the University of Minnesota. Nicole was previously a member of the Institutional Research and Assessment team at Walden University for almost 12 years, serving as the Associate Director/Director of Institutional Research for the last 5 years. During her tenure at Walden, Nicole coordinated federal and state compliance reporting, supported the data needs of regional and professional accreditation efforts, and managed various internal data reports used in decision making. For the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver, Nicole’s role is to support the College’s professional accreditation efforts, student learning assessment, and other institutional research needs. When not pouring over an Excel spreadsheet, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends (two cats included!), trying out new restaurants and new recipes at home, and attempting to develop her green thumb through gardening.

Dean's Office

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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Gildersleeve, Ryan Evely, Ph.D.


Gildersleeve, Ryan Evely, Ph.D. : Associate Dean and Professor

Associate Dean and Professor

Office of the Dean / 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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Moore, Tasia


Moore, Tasia : Executive Assistant to the Dean

Executive Assistant to the Dean

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

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Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D.


Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D. : Interim Dean

Interim Dean

Higher Education, 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 Institute for Creative Teaching, and is the interim Chair of the Higher Education Department. His research interests include the study of qualitative research, the research method of Criticism and Connoisseurship, alternative school settings, and curriculum theory and practice.  His latest co-authored books include, Lesson Planning with Purpose: Five Approaches to Curriculum Design; Using Educational Criticism and Connoisseurship for Qualitative Research; and Beyond the One Room School. Dr. Uhrmacher is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and is a music aficionado of bluegrass, rock, jazz, and especially western swing music.

 

Webb, Jessica


Webb, Jessica : Executive Director of Development

Executive Director of Development

303-871-3982, KRH 322

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Marketing and Communications

Abi O’Neal


Abi O’Neal : Digital Marketing Specialist

Digital Marketing Specialist

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Technology and Operations

Davies, Joshua


Davies, Joshua : Technology Specialist and Website Administrator

Technology Specialist and Website Administrator

Operations & Technology
303-871-6116, KRH 114

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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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Steele, Sean


Steele, Sean : Technology Specialist

Technology Specialist

Operations and Technology
303-871-3108, KRH 212

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Facilities & Operations

Mareck, Eric


Mareck, Eric : Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations

Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations

Morgridge College of Education and Colorado Women's College
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.

 

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Center for Rural School Health & Education

Belansky, Elaine, Ph.D.


Belansky, Elaine, Ph.D. : Research Associate Professor/Director

Research Associate Professor/Director

Center for Rural School Health & Education
303-871-3237, KRH 342

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Dr. Belansky is the Director of the Morgridge College of Education’s new Center for Rural School Health & Education.  Trained as a social psychologist, Elaine’s research is about how university and community partners can work together to translate evidence-based research into practice in school settings to increase students’ health and happiness. She has received funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, and the Colorado Department of Education. Most of Elaine’s teaching focuses on program planning and implementation in which she teaches students how to use Intervention Mapping to develop theory-based public health promotion programs. In 2009, she won the University of Colorado’s President’s Teaching Excellence Award .

Berg, Shirley


Berg, Shirley : Business Coordinator

Business Coordinator

Center for Rural School Health & Education

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Shirley Berg is the administrative lead for the Alamosa office of the Center for Rural School Health & Education. She also coordinates the AIM-XL (Assess, Identify, Make It Happen) grants for rural school districts, as well as facilitating AIM-XL school district taskforces as they use the AIM XL process to develop Comprehensive Health and Wellness Plans. As with the other original members of the Center, Shirley came to MCE from the University of Colorado Denver.  She has a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and also sees clients privately along with her DU duties.  In her free time she enjoys movies, books, walking, ethnic cooking, being a grandmother, and following world politics.​

Ingman, Ben, Ph.D.


Ingman, Ben, Ph.D. : Research Assistant Professor

Research Assistant Professor

Center for Rural School Health & Education
303-871-2557, KRH 342

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Dr. Ben Ingman previously held a faculty position in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado, Anschutz. His research interests include adventure education, school health, curriculum studies, and educational experience. He enjoys climbing, camping, and spending time with his family: Becky, Jack (3), and Owen (9m).

Jones, Jerry


Jones, Jerry : AIM Facilitator and Community Coordinator

AIM Facilitator and Community Coordinator

Center for Rural School Health & Education

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Loecke, Carla, M.Ed.


Loecke, Carla, M.Ed. : Director of Curriculum and Training

Director of Curriculum and Training

Center for Rural School Health & Education

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Portner, Susan, RN


Portner, Susan, RN : AIM Facilitator

AIM Facilitator

Center for Rural School Health & Education

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Counseling and Educational Services Clinic

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, Ph.D.


Pusavat, Andi, Ph.D. : Counseling Services Clinic Director and Clinical Associate Professor

Counseling Services Clinic Director and Clinical Associate 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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Reinhardt, Jessica S., Ph.D. NCSP


Reinhardt, Jessica S., Ph.D. NCSP : Director of Clinical Experiences and Clinical Assistant Professor

Director of Clinical Experiences and Clinical Assistant Professor

303-871-2838, KRH 146

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Dr. Jessica Reinhardt is the Director of Clinical Experiences, Educational Services Clinic Director, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Child, Family, and, School Psychology. Additionally, she is a Licensed Psychologist and works part time at a group practice in Denver. Her research and teaching interests include: neurodevelopmental disorders, assessment, and graduate training.

She earned a BA in Journalism and Psychology from The American University, where she was a member of the Division I Swimming and Diving Team. She earned an MA in Psychology also from The American University, and completed her Ph.D. in Child, Family, and School Psychology, at the University of Denver.

Dr. Reinhardt is an active member of a number of committees within the American Psychological Association. Recently, Dr. Reinhardt was a contributing author to a Springer textbook on the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders, edited by Dr. Randy Kamphaus. When she is not working, Dr. Reinhardt can be found swimming or playing soccer.

Fisher Early Learning Center

Matsubara, Yoshie


Matsubara, Yoshie : Associate Director, Fisher Early Learning Center

Associate Director, Fisher Early Learning Center

Fisher Early Learning Center
303-871-7804

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Yoshie Matsubara earned her Master of Science in Child Development from the Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL, her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire. Additionally, Matsubara has completed several additional courses in Early Childhood Special Education at Morgridge College of Education. She also holds an American Montessori Society, Infant Toddler Montessori Teaching Credential from Seaton Montessori Institute, Clarendon, IL. Prior to FELC, she had opportunities to work at a variety of early childhood education environment in different capacities, including Montessori school, Reggio-Emilia influenced school, Early Head Start and Chicago Children's Museum.

In collaboration with Fisher's Director, Yoshie provides support and guidance to the early childhood educators across the Center. She facilitates Reflective Supervision to foster reflective teaching and learning practice, and collaborative relationships among all the staff members. Yoshie also works closely with Fisher Inclusion Team which is core to the inclusive educational setting at Fisher. Supervising student employees, interns, and MCE graduate students is another area of her responsibilities.

Visweswaraiah, Hema


Visweswaraiah, Hema : Director, Fisher Early Learning Center

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.

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Kennedy Institute for Educational Success

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
303-871-2217, KRH 131

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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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Munnerley, Kim


Munnerley, Kim : Office Coordinator

Office Coordinator

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-3895, KRH 160

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Sarama, Julie, Ph.D.


Sarama, Julie, Ph.D. : 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
303-871-2217, KRH 131

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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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Marsico Institute for Early Learning Literacy

Banse, Holland, Ph.D.


Banse, Holland, Ph.D. : Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-2726, KRH 154

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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
303-871-2217, KRH 131

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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 160

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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, Ph.D.


Day-Hess, Crystal, Ph.D. : Assistant Director

Assistant Director

Marsico Institute for Early Learning
303-871-3725, KRH 163

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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.

Joswick, Candace, Ph.D.


Joswick, Candace, Ph.D. : Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-2837, KRH 154

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Dr. Joswick received a doctorate from The Ohio State University. Dr. Joswick’s research focuses on cognition--teaching and learning with learning trajectories and learning progressions--and discourse, including the relationship between classroom discourse and mathematical concept development. Dr. Joswick has taught mathematics in both middle school and high school, as well as undergraduate and graduate mathematics education courses. Dr. Joswick has presented at numerous local, state, national, and international conferences on classroom interactions, learning progressions, teacher preparation and teacher knowledge, mathematics coaching, and non-native English speaking students’ mathematics classroom participation, along with facilitating state-level professional development for elementary mathematics teachers and coaches.

Kutaka, Traci, Ph.D.


Kutaka, Traci, Ph.D. : Research Associate

Research Associate

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-2983, KRH 161

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Traci Shizu Kutaka, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy. Her research centers on early childhood care and education, mathematics teacher preparation and professional development, and program evaluation. She has provided quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods support for multiple research projects and has extensive experience supporting recruitment, data collection, and data management for state-wide and cross-national research initiatives. She has also developed expertise in survey/instrument design, revision, and validation. At Marsico, she works on multiple projects, including the Learning and Teaching with Learning Trajectories (LT2) project; the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning; Evaluating the Efficacy of Learning Trajectories in Early Mathematics; and the Regional Educational Laboratory Central. She is the author of multiple book chapters and empirical articles in the Journal of Teacher Education, the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, and Early Child Development and Care.

Mulcahy, Christina, Ph.D.


Mulcahy, Christina, Ph.D. : Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-3651, KRH 161

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Munnerley, Kim


Munnerley, Kim : Office Coordinator

Office Coordinator

Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy
303-871-3895, KRH 160

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Sarama, Julie, Ph.D.


Sarama, Julie, Ph.D. : 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
303-871-2217, KRH 131

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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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Positive Early Learning Experiences Center (PELE)

Bold, Eleanor (Ellie), M.A.


Bold, Eleanor (Ellie), M.A. : Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate Research Assistant

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center

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Eleanor (Ellie) Bold is a graduate research assistant for the Positive Early Learning Experiences (PELE) Center at the University of Denver, where she is also a doctoral student in the Child, Family, and School Psychology program. Ellie assists with a number of projects at the PELE Center including research and implementation of the LEAP Model, Pyramid Model, and Prevent Teach Reinforce for Young Children. Ellie is passionate about early intervention and education for all children, and achieving these goals through effective collaboration with teachers and caregivers.

Bovey, Edward, MA


Bovey, Edward, MA : Associate Director

Associate Director

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center
303-871-3235, KRH 307

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Edward (Ted) Bovey, MA is the Associate Director of the PELE Center at the University of Denver. Ted has worked with young children with autism, children with developmental disabilities and families for over 20 years as an inclusive preschool teacher, early interventionist, researcher, trainer and consultant.  Ted currently works on several state and Federal projects training early childhood professionals in the use of evidence-based practices for young children with ASD, the LEAP Preschool Model, inclusion for young children with disabilities and in the implementation of the Pyramid Model a classroom-based version of Early Childhood Positive Behavior Intervention and Support.

Burdic, Nancy


Burdic, Nancy : Senior Research Associate

Senior Research Associate

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center

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Nancy Burdic joined the PELE Center as a Senior Research Associate after a 37 year career serving students in the public school setting. As a Speech/Language Pathologist, her 21 years in Early Childhood Education were the most rewarding of her professional life.  She characterizes her extensive training in the LEAP model as transformative, which in turn, significantly informed her practices as an Early Childhood Education (ECE) classroom provider, ECE instructional coach and ECE department director. Given the substantial research evidence supporting LEAP and her own personal experience using the approach, she is committed to assisting others in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care to achieve the highest outcomes possible for each and every child in their care.

Cillard-Garcia, Delphine


Cillard-Garcia, Delphine : Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center
303-871-4937, KRH-307

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Delphine Cillard-Garcia is the part-time Administrative Assistant for the PELE Center within the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. She has held positions as a Marketing Specialist for international marketing and communications projects. She also has experience as an Administrative Assistant within a variety of corporations and non-profit organizations.

Hodges, Abby, M.Ed., BCBA


Hodges, Abby, M.Ed., BCBA : Doctoral Student

Doctoral Student

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center

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Abby Hodges, M.Ed., BCBA, is a doctoral student at The University of Denver. She is studying Child, Family, and School Psychology. Abby is a graduate research assistant at the Positive Early Learning Experiences Center. She assists with a number of projects at the PELE Center including research and assistance with implementation of the LEAP Model, Pyramid Model, and Prevent Teach Reinforce for Young Children. Abby’s professional and research interests include the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior in young children and collaborating with teachers and caregivers to implement interventions with fidelity.

Joseph, Jaclyn, Ph.D.


Joseph, Jaclyn, Ph.D. : Research Assistant Professor

Research Assistant Professor

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center
303-871-3120, KRH 307

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Jackie Joseph, PhD, BCBA, is an Assistant Research Professor at The University of Denver, where she works here at the Positive Early Learning Experiences Center. Jackie is involved in a number of projects at the PELE Center that include research and technical assistance on the LEAP Model, Pyramid Model, Prevent Teach Reinforce for Young Children, and Prevent Teach Reinforce for Families. Jackie’s professional and research interests include young children with challenging behavior and interventions for improving their social-emotional competence. She’s also dedicated to promoting and advocating for high-quality inclusive early care and education opportunities for all young children and especially for her determined, strong, and amazing little girl who has a rare genetic disorder.

Rausch, Alissa, Ed.D.


Rausch, Alissa, Ed.D. : Research Assistant Professor

Research Assistant Professor

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center
303-871-6896, KRH 307

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Alissa Rausch, EdD is a Research Assistant Professor in the Positive Early Learning Experiences (PELE) Center at the University of Denver.  She has worked as clinical faculty in the early childhood and early childhood special education licensure program at CU Denver. Her work in higher education blossomed from 15 years of practice as an early childhood educator working in inclusive preschool classrooms serving young children and their families. Alissa also had the privilege of serving children from diverse backgrounds and their families in their homes and in community settings. Her current work centers on supporting preservice and in-service practitioners to build their capacity to act as agents of social change and implement quality inclusive practices for young children in the field of early childhood education.

Roybal, Ron


Roybal, Ron : Research Associate

Research Associate

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center
303-871-2389, KRH 307

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Ron is currently working at the University of Denver for the Morgridge College of Education, after 15 at the University of Colorado Denver. His responsibilities have included the LEAP USA and LEAP Outreach projects, the Professional Development in Autism project, the Colorado Autism Project, TACSEI and CSEFEL. He presents at national challenging behavior conferences and professional development / staff development days around the country. Trainings include building relationships, classroom organization and management strategies, social emotional teaching strategies and understanding and reducing challenging behaviors. Prior to being an educational consultant, Ron was a teacher in an early childhood inclusive classroom for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and typically developing students. His extensive experience in inclusive classroom settings as a teacher and coach for children with special needs and children at risk or with challenging behaviors bring a unique perspective as a trainer and coach.

Riepe, Ben


Riepe, Ben : Inclusion Coaching Specialist

Inclusion Coaching Specialist

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center
303.871.3729 | KRH-307

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Ben has 13 years of experience as a Head Start teacher, coach, and trainer. He is on staff at both the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, where he supports high fidelity program-wide implementation of the Pyramid Model with families of diverse backgrounds in Denver, Colorado. His previous work includes the Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion, where he supported communities in their efforts to embed evidence-based inclusion practices into their systems and classrooms.

Smith, Barbara J., Ph.D.


Smith, Barbara J., Ph.D. : Research Professor

Research Professor

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center
303-871-4244, KRH 307

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Barbara J. Smith, PhD is a Research Professor in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Dr. Smith’s areas of interest include policies and systems in early intervention, early childhood special education and early care and education, as well as leadership, professional development, and collaboration. She has been an early childhood teacher; Executive Director of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); Policy Specialist, CEC; and Program Specialist, US Office of Special Education Programs. Barbara has worked with NAEYC and other early childhood leadership organizations to help shape quality inclusive early childhood environments and the policies and guidelines that support them. She has published widely on the topic of EC policy and systems including The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox: How to Build and Lead a High Quality Program published by Brookes that has been used by local inclusion teams in several states to systematically increase inclusive opportunities for children with disabilities.  Dr. Smith has presented testimony to state legislative and US Congressional committees, provided consultation to states on state policy and mentored doctoral and post doctoral scholars in early childhood policy and practices. She serves as faculty on the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) and the national Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pyramid Model Consortium. In her work on the Pyramid Model national TA centers, and most recently with the ECTA center, she has focused on developing a state approach to implementation and scale-up of evidence-based practices. This approach has been used by over 20 states in initiatives to implement the Pyramid Model, the DEC Recommended Practices, and high quality inclusive services.

Strain, Phil, Ph.D.


Strain, Phil, Ph.D. : Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education

Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center, Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences
303-871-6280, KRH 307

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Phil Strain, PhD is James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education at the Morgridge College of Education and Director of the PELE Center, University of Denver. He is the author of over 300 scientific publications, has served on the editorial boards of 22 professional journals and has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of grants and contracts totaling over 80 million dollars. He is particularly interested in expanding inclusive preschool options, comprehensive services for young children with autism and prevention and intervention for children with challenging behaviors.

Wasser, Johanna, MA, ECSE


Wasser, Johanna, MA, ECSE : Senior Research Associate

Senior Research Associate

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center

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Johanna Berry Wasser MA, ECSE, has dedicated her professional career to promoting social emotional competence and inclusion practices in early childhood education for over 20 years.  She received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education and maintains her license as an Early Childhood Special Educator since 2006.  Johanna has worked with children, families and professionals in a variety of settings including home, community, early childhood programs, and public school districts.  Before joining the University of Denver, Johanna was employed at the University of Colorado Denver from 2009-2018.  Her roles included Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for Pyramid Plus Center, research assistance for the Prevent Teach Reinforce for Young Children (PTR-YC) and LEAP Model consultant.  When Johanna is not hard at work she enjoys spending time with her family and playing in the mountains.

Ricks Center for Gifted Children

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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