Banerjee, Rashida, Ph.D.
Professor & Department Chair
Dr. Rashida Banerjee, PhD, brings wealth of knowledge in effective assessment of young children, especially issues around diversity, inclusive intervention for young children, personnel development, and effective community, family, and professional partnerships. In her most recent role as a Professor, Early Childhood Special Education Program Coordinator, and Director for the Center for Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Banerjee has demonstrated to commitment to students, preparation of well-prepared personnel in education, and collaboration with colleagues. In accordance with her interests, Dr. Banerjee has published articles, book chapters, received grants, and presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences. Her current national projects funded through the Department of Education, specifically focus on preparing well qualified early childhood and early childhood special educators. She has served on the Division for Early Childhood Board and currently serves on the DEC Recommended Practices Committee responsible for ensuring the development and use of evidenced based practices in early childhood. She also serves as the Editor for Journal for International Special Needs Education.
Academic Services Associate for C&I and TEP
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.
Academic Services Associate for CFSP and ECSE
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!
Brown, Kirsten, Ph.D., NCSP
Assistant Professor of the Practice
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.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Jeanine Coleman is part of Curriculum, Studies & Teaching. She is the Clinical Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Special Education program. Dr. Coleman has an MA in Early Childhood Special Education and she received her PhD from the University of Denver in the Child, Family & School Psychology program. She has served as a teacher, advocate, and interventionist for very young children with special needs and their families across the state. She worked on the Early Childhood Team in the Lieutenant Governor’s office under Dr. Barbara O’Brien and has worked for Head Start, Adams County Five Star Schools, Fisher Early Learning Center, and Denver Public Schools. Dr. Coleman consults with school districts across Colorado and other states on the Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment and Intervention process. Her research interests include families with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, assessments methods for young children, and working with families going through the early intervention/special education processes.
Hazel, Cynthia E, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor
Dr. Hazel received her PhD from the University of Northern Colorado. She has coordinated arts-based after-school programs for urban youth, served as the Behavior Evaluation and Support Teams Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education, and practiced as a school psychologist in communities of predominately poor, Latino families from preschool through secondary levels. Dr. Hazel is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist through the National Association of School Psychologists and the President of the Trainers of School Psychologists. Her research interests include student school engagement, data-driven decision making, supporting students to graduate from high school with their cohort, preventing bullying, and consulting. Dr. Hazel has one daughter and likes to raft with her family in the summer and ski with them in the winter.
McDiarmid, Amy, Ph.D., NCSP
Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice
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.
Endowed Professor in Literacy
Dr. Miller received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduation, she took a position in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina where she taught undergraduate and graduate students for 11 years, practiced as a school psychologist, served as the undergraduate program director, and co-directed the Child and Family Studies Center, a NIMH research project investigating family-based treatment to prevent aggressive and challenging behaviors in young children. Dr. Miller’s publications include articles, chapters, and books on home and school prevention and intervention strategies to enhance early literacy, self-regulation and social emotional development. Her personal interests include reading, hiking, skiing, tennis, gardening, traveling, and "playing" with her husband of over 35 years and her daughter.
Raines, Tara C., Ph.D., N.C.S.P.
Tara C. Raines, Ph.D., N.C.S.P. is an Assistant Professor in the Child, Family, and School Psychology program and affiliate faculty member of the Center for Multicultural Excellence at University of Denver. Dr. Raines received an undergraduate and M.A. degree in Special Education from Florida State University, a M.A. and specialist degree in School Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and she ultimately obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Georgia State University. She investigates early identification of behavioral and emotional disorders, subsequent interventions and outcomes across different groups. More recently, Dr. Raines partnered with Clark County Schools and the City of Las Vegas on their implementation of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative that was recently adopted by President Obama to expand opportunity at key moments in the lives of young men of color. She is leading the program evaluation and providing technical assistance for participating schools. In addition to her passion for research, Dr. Raines is also dedicated to the improvement of cultural competence and increase of bilingual practitioners in the fields of mental health and education.
Reinhardt, Jessica S., Ph.D. NCSP
Director of Clinical Experiences and Clinical Assistant Professor
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.
Dean and Associate Professor
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.
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.