Anne DePrince

Professor

  • Faculty
  • Department of Psychology
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

What I do

I study the impact of violence and trauma, particularly on women and children; teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; and direct the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL).

Professional Biography

Anne DePrince is a Professor in the Psychology Department as well as Director of the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL). A scholar-teacher, she and a team of student researchers study trauma with an emphasis on intimate violence, which disproportionately affects women and children. Using a community-engaged approach, DePrince works with community partners to identify research questions that can inform policy and practice while advancing our scientific understanding of trauma outcomes and interventions. For example, she works with criminal justice (e.g., Denver Police Department, Denver District Attorney’s Office) and community-based agencies (e.g., Rose Andom Center, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center) to identify factors that predict trauma-related outcomes as well as test interventions following intimate violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Her research was recognized by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crimes with the Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award for her contributions to the nation’s understanding of crime victims’ issues. As a clinical scientist, she incorporates both research and community-engagement into her classes and mentoring with both undergraduate and graduate students. For example, undergraduate and graduate students in her research methods classes have applied what they were learning to research questions posed by community partners.

Degree(s)

  • BA, Psychology (Honors) & History, Duke University, 2004
  • Other, Psychology, University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Oregon, 2001
  • MS, Psychology, University of Oregon, 1997

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Licensed Psychologist

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Research

DePrince pursues several lines of research with both youth and adults to understand the consequences of trauma, particularly violence against women and children. For example, she examines alterations in basic cognition (such as attention and memory) associated with different forms of trauma exposure and clinical symptoms. In addition, she draws on cognitive and social-cognitive models to examine risk for problems post-trauma, such as revictimization, as well as seek to understand how appraisals of a trauma (e.g., fear, betrayal, shame, anger) relate to later symptoms. Further, she applies her basic research findings to intervention and prevention work. She partners with community-based and criminal justice organizations to do research that addresses real-world issues. Her research draws on multiple methodologies (e.g., community-engaged methods, laboratory cognitive tasks, clinical interviews, survey methodology) as well as theories from diverse psychological perspectives to address both basic and intervention questions.

Key Projects

  • Denver Wrap Around Legal Assistance Network Demonstration Project Between RMVLC & DU
  • Expanding Use of the Social Reaction Questionnaire among Diverse Women
  • Preventing Revictimization in Teen Dating Relationships: A Randomized Control Trial with Adolescent Girls in Foster Care
  • The effectiveness of coordinated outreach in intimate partner violence cases: A randomized longitudinal design

Presentations

  • After Sexual Assault: Women’s Reporting Decisions, Service Needs, and Revictimization Risk
  • From Hysteria to Social Justice: A Case for Community-Engaged Scholarship.
  • The Art and Science of Collaboration
  • Adapting and Testing Revictimization Prevention Programs for Adolescent Girls in the Child Welfare System

Awards

  • Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award , Department of Justice
  • Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty , Campus Compact
  • United Methodist Scholar Teacher, University of Denver/United Methodist Church