Core Faculty

Faculty accepting new doctoral students in 2021-2022 include:

  • Ruth Chao, PhD.
  • Patton Garriott, PhD.
  • Jesse Owen, PhD.
  • Trisha Raque-Bogdan, PhD.
  • Julia Roncoroni, PhD.

Brownstone, Lisa, Ph.D.

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

Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice

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

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

Chao, Ruth, Ph.D.

Chao, Ruth, Ph.D. : Professor


Counseling Psychology
303-871-2556, KRH 261

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

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

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Cross, William E. Jr, Ph.D.

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

Professor Emeritus

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

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

View Dr. Cross' Portfolio here.

Gafford, Jennifer, Ph.D.

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

Assistant Clinical Professor

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

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

Garriott, Patton, Ph.D.

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

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-6758, KRH 253

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

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

Koch, Hannah, Psy.D.

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

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

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

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

Owen, Jesse, Ph.D.

Owen, Jesse, Ph.D. : Professor


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

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

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Pusavat, Andi, Ph.D.

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

Counseling Services Clinic Director and Clinical Associate Professor

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

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

View her Portfolio page here.

Raque, Trisha, Ph.D.

Raque, Trisha, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-4522, KRH 263

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

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

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

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

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Roncoroni, Julia, Ph.D.

Roncoroni, Julia, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Counseling Psychology
303-871-3784, KRH 262

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

Research Faculty

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.

Portfolio site coming soon!

McRae, Cyndy, Ph.D.

McRae, Cyndy, Ph.D. : Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus

Counseling Psychology
303-871-2475, KRH 225

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

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