Programs

Child, Family, and School Psychology

Brown, Kirsten, Ph.D., NCSP


Brown, Kirsten, Ph.D., NCSP : Assistant Professor of the Practice

Assistant Professor of the Practice

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences and Child Family, and School Psychology
303-871-3705, KRH 351

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Dr. Kirsten Brown is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Child, Family, and School Psychology (CFSP) program. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a Psychologist Candidate working toward a Licensed Psychologist certification. In addition to her work as an adjunct for the CFSP program at DU, she has worked as a School Psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in Cherry Creek Schools in Colorado for elementary through alternative high school populations providing assessment, counseling, crisis intervention, and consultation. Her research and teaching interests include: counseling best practices, anxiety in childhood and adolescence, internalizing disorders and their impact on school performance, and the role of trauma on executive functions. She earned her BA in English with a concentration in Secondary Teaching Preparation and a minor in Psychology from Sonoma State University. Dr. Brown received an MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, and completed her PhD in Child, Family, and School Psychology at the University of Denver. Dr. Brown is a member of the American Psychological Association, Colorado Society of School Psychologists, and National Association of School Psychologists. When she is not working, Dr. Brown can be found spending time with family and friends or finding delicious new restaurants.

Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D.


Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

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

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

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Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D.


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

Department Chair and Professor

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

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

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McDiarmid, Amy, Ph.D., NCSP


McDiarmid, Amy, Ph.D., NCSP : Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice

Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences and Child Family, 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 Child Family, and School Psychology
303-871-3340, KRH 254

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

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


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

Assistant Professor

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

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

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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.

Riley, Karen S, Ph.D.


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

Dean and Associate Professor

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

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

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

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

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

Talapatra, Devadrita, Ph.D.


Talapatra, Devadrita, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

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

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Dr. Devadrita Talapatra is an Assistant Professor in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program 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. Dr. Talapatra has a keen interest in research and practice related to comprehensive, culturally relevant, and family-centered services for youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) at the secondary level. Please see her Portfolio page for additional details.

Counseling Psychology

Chao, Ruth, Ph.D.


Chao, Ruth, Ph.D. : Department Chair and Associate Professor

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-2556, KRH 261

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

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

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Cross, William E. Jr, Ph.D.


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

Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-6758, KRH 253

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

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O’Malley, John, Ph.D.


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

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling Psychology
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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Owen, Jesse, Ph.D.


Owen, Jesse, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

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

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


Pinto, Stacy, Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling Psychology
303-871-2832, KRH 258

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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.

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-Bogdan, Trisha, Ph.D.


Raque-Bogdan, Trisha, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-4522, KRH 263

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Dr. Trish Raque-Bogdan received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2013.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, and is on the Board of the Division 17 Health Psychology Section and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Counseling Psychology.  Dr. Raque-Bogdan’s areas of research include work and positive health psychology, with a specific focus on cancer survivorship; the relation between well-being and physical health outcomes; women's health; and qualitative research.  Her research aims to integrate social justice principles and explore how work may serve as a means to achieving equity.  As a former scholar of Russian history and library science, she enjoys people’s life stories and tales of resilience as expressed in history, literature, and the psychotherapy process.

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Riva, Maria, 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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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

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


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

Department Chair and Professor

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

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

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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 currently the primary investigator on two internal grants investigating topics related to students with reading and behavioral difficulties.

Salazar, María, Ph.D.


Salazar, María, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate 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.

Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D.


Uhrmacher, Bruce, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

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

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

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Early Childhood Special Education

Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D.


Coleman, Jeanine Ph.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

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

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

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Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D.


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

Department Chair and Professor

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

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

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Miller, Gloria E, Ph.D.


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

Endowed Professor in Literacy

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

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

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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. Dr. Anderson had been published in the Journal of Research on Leadership Education and the upcoming Handbook of Educational Supervision (2019). She is also the author of the UCEA publication, A policymaker’s guide: Research-based policy for principal preparation program approval and licensure (2015).

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.

Balser, Walter, Ed.D.


Balser, Walter, Ed.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

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

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Walter Fernando Balser is an assistant clinical professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. He received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Boston University, and his leadership training at Columbia Teachers' College. Most recently Walter served as the Founding Director of the Open Partnership Education Network (OPEN), an open source framework to improve collaboration between community thought leaders and institutions working on similar missions--helping make cities “smarter and better connected”.

Walter’s research focuses on education reform and the growth of non- and for-profit organizations doing business with schools, in part brought by the recent influx of private capital into the K-12 sector. In addition to distilling his work for peer review, Dr. Balser's writings on educational policy have been featured on popular blogs, including the Huffington Post. He is also the founder of the Rad Schools Jam, a festival intersecting education, music and action sports.

As a practitioner, Dr. Balser has worked as a teacher and administrator in urban schools in Central Ohio, Tampa Bay Florida, and New York City, as well as a strategic consultant for school districts in Boston and New Orleans.

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. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

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

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

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Kipp, Patricia, M.A.


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

Assistant Professor of the Practice

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

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

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Korach, Susan, Ed.D.


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

Department Chair and Associate Professor

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

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

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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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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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Dr. Tabron received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Texas A&M University. She is a statistics professor and critical policy analysis expert who studies how systemic racism is perpetuated and sustained through policies, politics, and big data sets. She is committed to helping educational leaders develop an equity-oriented lens and skillset to critically analyze policies and data (national, state, and local) so that their leadership practices and policies do not perpetuate systems of marginalization. She is passionate about increasing literacy in quantitative inquiry among educational leaders from historically underrepresented groups.

Her work has been published in the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, Educational Leadership Review, and Educational Studies. She has presented her work at national and international conferences including the Association of Educational Finance and Policy (AEFP), the National Council of Professors of Education Administration (NCPEA), University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), and American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Prior to becoming a researcher, she was a master teacher and instructional coach who taught and mentored 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.

View Dr. Cross' Portfolio here.

Engberg, Mark, Ph.D.


Engberg, Mark, Ph.D. : Associate Dean and Professor

Associate Dean and Professor

Office of the Dean / Higher Education
303-871-2056, KRH 324

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Dr. Engberg received his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and his PhD in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. His previous work experience in higher education includes serving as the Vice President of Research at an enrollment management consulting firm from 2004-2007 and serving as a Professor of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago from 2007-2017. Dr. Engberg’s research agenda is rooted in his strong belief in social justice and an ongoing desire to investigate and dismantle the structural forces that continue to reproduce inequality in the American system of postsecondary education. His research specifically addresses individual and organizational factors that facilitate postsecondary enrollment, including the roles of high school counselors, parents, teachers, and peers in the college choice process. He also investigates the educational benefits of diversity and his research has been cited in numerous amicus curiae briefs presented to the Supreme Court. Most recently, Dr. Engberg developed the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI), a survey instrument used by over 150 schools to examine curricular, co-curricular, and community-based factors that influence global learning and development. In addition to regularly presenting at national conferences, Dr. Engberg’s work has been published in numerous high-impact journals, including the Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Equity & Excellence in Education, Journal of College Student Development, TC Record, and Review of Educational Research. Dr. Engberg received the Outstanding Review of Research Award from AERA in 2005 and the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Research in 2014 from Loyola University Chicago.

Learn more on Dr. Engberg's Portfolio page.

Gildersleeve, Ryan Evely, Ph.D.


Gildersleeve, Ryan Evely, Ph.D. : Professor

Professor

Higher Education
303-871-4573, KRH 357

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

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Hurtado, Sarah, Ph.D.


Hurtado, Sarah, Ph.D. : Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice

Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice

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.

Kiyama, Judy Marquez, Ph.D.


Kiyama, Judy Marquez, Ph.D. : Department Chair and Associate Professor

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Higher Education
303-871-3753, KRH 363

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

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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.

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.

Tuitt, Franklin A, Ed.D.


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

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

Higher Education
303-871-2591, KRH 226

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

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

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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!

Library and Information Science

Assefa, Shimelis, Ph.D.


Assefa, Shimelis, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

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

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Dr. Assefa received his PhD 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.

Bright, Kawanna, Ph.D.


Bright, Kawanna, Ph.D. : Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice

Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice

Department of Research Methods and Information Science
303-871-7923, KRH 243

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Dr. Kawanna Bright recently earned her PhD in Research Methods and Statistics from the University of Denver.  Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Bright worked as an academic librarian for twelve years, with a focus on reference, instruction services, and information literacy.  She earned her MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool.  Dr. Bright's research focuses on assessment in libraries, diversity in libraries, the role of liaison librarians, and the application of research methodology to the study of LIS; her work with Dr. Amy VanScoy (University at Buffalo) to investigate the reference and information services experience of librarians of color received the 2014 ALA Diversity Research Grant and was awarded the 2017 Beta Phi Mu-Library Research Round Table Research Paper Award.  She is currently working on a project to develop a diversity audit for academic libraries and continuing her investigation into the role of liaison librarians as research collaborators.

Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D.


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

Department Chair and 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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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. Find out more on Peter's Portfolio Page.

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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Research Methods and Statistics

Cutforth, Nick, Ph.D.


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

Department Chair and Professor

Department of Research Methods and Information 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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Dr. Dumas received his PhD in Educational Psychology and MA in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Maryland at College Park. Before coming to DU, he was Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at Howard University. In general, his research focuses on understanding student learning, cognition, and creativity through the application of latent variable methods, especially multidimensional item-response theory and non-linear growth models. He believes deeply in the power of quantitative research such as this for improving the field’s current understanding of learning, and supporting the academic development of all students. When not on campus, he can be found backcountry camping, downhill skiing, or practicing yoga. Please see more about Denis' teaching philosophy, research interests, and publications on his DU 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. : Professor

Professor

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

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

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Zhang, Duan, Ph.D.


Zhang, Duan, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

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

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

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Teacher Preparation Programs

Hafenstein, Norma, Ph.D.


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


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

Department Chair and Professor

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

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

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Leonard, Betsy, M.Ed.


Leonard, Betsy, M.Ed. : Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice

Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice

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, Ed.S.


Lerner, Jessica, Ed.S. : Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director of Teacher Education

Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director of Teacher Education

Teacher Education Program
303-871-2517, KRH 336

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

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Michalec, Paul, Ph.D.


Michalec, Paul, Ph.D. : Clinical Professor

Clinical Professor

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

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Dr. Michalec received his PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  He is the 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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Salazar, María, Ph.D.


Salazar, María, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate 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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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. : Professor

Professor

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

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

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Offices & Staff

Academic Services

Beckelheimer, Mayumi


Beckelheimer, Mayumi : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

Academic Services for the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
303-871-2314, KRH 317

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Mayumi Beckelheimer, Academic Services Associate for the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) program received her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver at the Morgridge College of Education and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in History from the University of Colorado at Denver.  Whether as a professional or as a student, she has been involved with higher academia in some capacity.  Her primary responsibilities provide administrative coordination for the ELPS department and can be contacted for student support and university policy.

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.

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

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McWhirt, Vanessa


McWhirt, Vanessa : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

School Counseling and MLIS@Denver
303-871-3590, KRH 240D

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Colorado native Vanessa McWhirt currently works as an Academic Services Associate at the Morgridge College of Education. She has been in higher education since 2013, working in student travel and academic advising.  Vanessa received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver and went on to pursue her master’s degree in Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs. At Morgridge, she works with the new 2U programs for the Online Master’s in Library and Information Science and School Counseling. Vanessa comes from a technical background and is here to support students with their educational journey. When not at MCE, Vanessa enjoys photography and likes to visit Red Rocks Amphitheatre for concerts and to see her winning photograph for the Red Rocks Photography Contest.

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

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O’Sullivan, Nancy


O’Sullivan, Nancy : Instructional Designer

Instructional Designer

303-871-3848, KRH 245

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Reimer, Gabrielle


Reimer, Gabrielle : Academic Services Associate

Academic Services Associate

303-871-2473, KRH 250B

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Gabrielle Reimer is the current Academic Services Associate for the Counseling Psychology Department at Morgridge. She focuses on supporting the departmental administrative processes to maximize efficiency while supporting the students and faculty. Her passion for assisting others stemmed early and grew throughout her Peace Corps service in Madagascar. Reimer is committed to helping others achieve their higher education goals after her past work experience at the University of Kansas and University of Kansas Medical Center. Outside of Morgridge, she enjoys the typical outdoorsy things, live music, watching Jayhawk basketball, and practicing her Spanish.

Troutman, LeAnne


Troutman, LeAnne : Academic Services Associate for CFSP and ECSE

Academic Services Associate for CFSP and ECSE

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences
303-871-2944, KRH 250E

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LeAnne Troutman is currently an Academic Services Associate (ASA) in the Teaching and Learning Sciences Department and primarily supports the Child, Family, & School Psychology and Early Childhood Special Education programs. LeAnne has a strong background in early childhood having served as a Preschool Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, and a Teacher Education Coordinator for Cherry Creek Schools for over thirteen years. She has a BA in Business and began her career in the field of marketing where she worked for over twelve years at MCI Telecommunications, LANDCADD International, and other software development companies. After LeAnne had two children she returned to school to become an AMI certified Montessori instructor. This led her to earn an alternative teaching license and an MA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Colorado-Denver. LeAnne’s young-adult children are both in college, one in California and one in Indiana, so she spends much of her free time enjoying many outdoor activities with her husband -  including hiking, biking and skiing as well as watching the Colorado Rockies!

Admissions

Dye, Jodi


Dye, Jodi : Director of Admissions

Director of Admissions

Admissions
303-871-2510, KRH 117

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

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

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Riley, Rachel


Riley, Rachel : Admissions Counselor

Admissions Counselor

Office of Admissions
303-871-2508, KRH 112

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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 Counseling Psychology, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Higher Education, Library and Information Science, and Research Methods and Statistics.  The counselor works with Department Chairs and academic programs to ensure a diverse class which meets the need of the college.

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.

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Office of Admissions : General Admission Contact

General Admission Contact

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

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Denver, CO. 80208

Alumni, Career, and Community Services

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

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.

Montoya, Sean


Montoya, Sean : Finance and Human Resources Coordinator

Finance and Human Resources Coordinator

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

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A Colorado native, Sean Montoya joined the Morgridge College of Education in summer 2015 after serving as a Conference Coordinator for his alma mater, the University of Colorado Boulder (Go Buffs!). In this role, Sean built and maintained an extensive constituent database, executed contracted conference services for internal and external clients, and managed over $1M of registration revenue annually. He also worked in HR for CU, developing multiple communication and engagement programs specifically designed for front-line, Spanish-speaking staff. In addition to his BA in English, Sean is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in HR Administration with University College at DU and is a certified professional through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). At MCE, Sean manages and administers all HR activities for the college including talent acquisition, organizational development, performance management, employee relations, and payroll/compensation. He also coordinates the quarterly adjunct faculty hiring and appointed faculty overload compensation processes. Outside of work, you will find Sean exploring the city with his husband and dog, training for a marathon, and remaining active in the community as a volunteer Aids/LifeCycle.

Phanichpatom, Alana


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

Finance Manager, Schools, Grants and Institutes

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

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Primary Responsibilities: Coming Soon.

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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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Engberg, Mark, Ph.D.


Engberg, Mark, Ph.D. : Associate Dean and Professor

Associate Dean and Professor

Office of the Dean / Higher Education
303-871-2056, KRH 324

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Dr. Engberg received his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and his PhD in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. His previous work experience in higher education includes serving as the Vice President of Research at an enrollment management consulting firm from 2004-2007 and serving as a Professor of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago from 2007-2017. Dr. Engberg’s research agenda is rooted in his strong belief in social justice and an ongoing desire to investigate and dismantle the structural forces that continue to reproduce inequality in the American system of postsecondary education. His research specifically addresses individual and organizational factors that facilitate postsecondary enrollment, including the roles of high school counselors, parents, teachers, and peers in the college choice process. He also investigates the educational benefits of diversity and his research has been cited in numerous amicus curiae briefs presented to the Supreme Court. Most recently, Dr. Engberg developed the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI), a survey instrument used by over 150 schools to examine curricular, co-curricular, and community-based factors that influence global learning and development. In addition to regularly presenting at national conferences, Dr. Engberg’s work has been published in numerous high-impact journals, including the Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Equity & Excellence in Education, Journal of College Student Development, TC Record, and Review of Educational Research. Dr. Engberg received the Outstanding Review of Research Award from AERA in 2005 and the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Research in 2014 from Loyola University Chicago.

Learn more on Dr. Engberg's Portfolio page.

Riley, Karen S, Ph.D.


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

Dean and Associate Professor

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

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

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

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

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Trueblood, Tamera


Trueblood, Tamera : Executive Assistant to the Dean

Executive Assistant to the Dean

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

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Tamera Trueblood has been with Morgridge for 18 years and the University of Denver for 28 years. Before coming to MCE, Tamera served in administrative support positions in DU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Women's Studies Program, and Department of Sociology and Criminology. In a lifetime prior to DU, Tamera was a receptionist at an urban school-based clinic, marketing director for a Native American addictions recovery center, and bookkeeper in a rural lumber yard. At Morgridge, Tamera manages the Office of the Deans, which includes coordinating the deans’ calendars and travel and supporting MCE’s leadership team, APT committees, strategic planning team, and college-wide meetings and retreats. Tamera also provides Notary Public services free to the university community. Outside interests include golfing and her grandchildren.

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Webb, Jessica


Webb, Jessica : Executive Director of Development

Executive Director of Development

303-874-3982, KRH 322

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Financial Aid

Banman, James


Banman, James : Director of Financial Aid

Director of Financial Aid

Financial Aid
303-871-6291; KRH 316

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James received his Bachelor’s degree from Western State College and two Masters degrees from the University of Denver.  He has been with the University in various financial fields for over 9 years.  At Morgridge, he currently manages the colleges scholarships, gifts and endowments.  He is also the Budget Officer for the Ricks Center on the University of Denver Campus.

Marketing and Enrollment

Colvin, Cristin


Colvin, Cristin : Digital Marketing Specialist

Digital Marketing Specialist

303-871-2485, KRH 118

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Digital Marketing Specialist Cristin Colvin received her Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Bachelor of Arts in piano and vocal performance from Emory & Henry College in Virginia. As a working musician and owner of Toxoplasma Arts LLC, she has gained on-the-ground experience in marketing, promotion, layout, and logo design, both for her creative endeavors and for local arts organizations (including Redline Gallery, Denver Immersive Opera, and Twilight Band). A veteran of the higher education space, she has held various positions at Emory & Henry College, DePaul University, the University of Illinois as a teaching assistant, instructor, event coordinator and front-of-house, and in administrative roles for student records and the dean of students. At Morgridge, she supports the college by assisting with website management, digital signage, design collateral, email design and database management, and video production.

Kellerman, Jordan


Kellerman, Jordan : Marketing Specialist

Marketing Specialist

303-871-2485, KRH 118

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Jordan Kellerman received her MPS in Organizational Philanthropic Leadership and Public Relations from the University of Denver and her BA in Print Journalism/Public Relations from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. As a new journalist in the making, Jordan spent time in newsrooms doing beat writing before moving to Colorado in 2008, when she transitioned into nonprofit public relations and marketing. Before coming to Morgridge, Jordan was the Director of PR and Marketing for Volunteers of America Colorado, where she worked closely with local, national, and regional news outlets, as well as on the ground film, video, and advocacy teams, with the goal of making VOA a household name. She supports the college by creating content for news, website, and social media, and assists with design work to streamline a cohesive college brand.

Ramirez, Cynthia


Ramirez, Cynthia : Event Coordinator

Event Coordinator

Office of Admissions and Marketing
303-871-2509, KRH 118

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Westermann, Lori


Westermann, Lori : Director of Marketing and Communication

Director of Marketing and Communication

303-871-3727, KRH 116

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Westermann comes to Morgridge College from the Texas A&M System where she was the head of the advertising program at West Texas A&M. During her 13 years as a faculty member, Westermann taught a full range of advertising, public relations, and media undergraduate courses. She also served as the advisor of the university’s competitive advertising team, Buffalo Advertising. Under her supervision, the team rose to become one of the most competitive student advertising teams in the nation, most recently placing 2nd in the nation in the American Advertising Federation student competition. Prior to her academic career, Westermann served in a number of leadership roles for journalism, advertising and corporate communication entities. She is honored to play a role in telling the Morgridge change-agent story to prospective students, educational leaders, and media organizations. When not on campus, Westermann can be found exploring the Colorado outdoors with her pound-pup Saba, or following the adventures of her two young-adult children on Snapchat.

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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Mareck, Eric


Mareck, Eric : Building Manager

Building Manager

Operations & Technology
303-871-2325, KRH 212

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

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

 

Institute

Center for Rural School Health & Education

Allen, Shannon, Ph.D.


Allen, Shannon, Ph.D. : Research Assistant Professor

Research Assistant Professor

Center for Rural School Health & Education
303-871-2996, KRH 342

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Shannon completed her PhD at The Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2017. Her dissertation topic was black and African American parents’ experiences navigating elementary school choice in Brooklyn, NY. She works for Morgridge College of Education’s Center for Rural School Health & Education, with the dual responsibilities of researcher and project manager. Shannon is a qualitative researcher with training in community-based participatory research (CBPR) and narrative analysis. She is currently leading a CBPR project focused on the translation of substance abuse prevention best practices for children and adolescents in the San Luis Valley. Her other research interests include 1) health and wellness opportunities and outcomes of the 4-day school week and online school environments and 2) implementation of the community school model in rural school districts.

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. Elaine Belansky's research areas include studying how university and community partners can work together to translate evidence-based research into practice in school settings to increase physical activity, healthy eating, mental health, and school engagement and decrease bullying, high risk sexual behavior, and drug use. Currently, she is working with rural, low income schools in the San Luis Valley and southeastern Colorado to develop data driven, evidence-based comprehensive health and wellness plans related to the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. Dr. Belansky has received over $12 million in funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The Colorado Health Foundation. She is also currently serving as MCE’s Faculty Grant Mentor.

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.

Phanichpatom, Alana


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

Finance Manager, Schools, Grants and Institutes

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

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Riley, Karen S, Ph.D.


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

Dean and Associate Professor

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

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

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

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

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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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Freda, Kim


Freda, 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.

Freda, Kim


Freda, Kim : Office Coordinator

Office Coordinator

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

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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.

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)

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.

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. : Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

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Alissa Rausch, EdD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow 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.

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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