Our program of community-engaged research incorporates multiple voices (e.g., student researchers, youth and adult participants, university and community partners) and perspectives (e.g., research, policy, practice). Our graduate candidates, research collaborators and community partners make our work possible.
Maria-Ernestina Christl (Clinical Child, DCN)
Maria-Ernestina Christl is interested in identifying variables that contribute to revictimization and the intergenerational transmission of abuse as well as investigating the effects of violence and trauma on the immediate and long-term wellbeing of mothers and their children to develop effective prevention and intervention services. She is especially interested in working with Latino families.
She graduated with a BA in psychology in 2017 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she volunteered in a child abuse and parenting lab as well as a child safety lab. Christl also volunteered in a parent management training clinic with children and teens with ODD or CD in Birmingham.
Courtney McCrimmon (Clinical Child, DCN)
Courtney McCrimmon's research interests include sexual violence and trauma, human trafficking, sexual relationships, and survivor-centered services. She is particularly interested in learning about these interests through the lens of culturally responsive practices for African Americans, trauma-informed services, intersectionality, and community engagement.
Courtney graduated from Hampton University (Psychology, BA) and Marymount University (Forensic and Legal Psychology, MA). Previously she served as a case management coordinator for a non-profit working with Washington DC’s Superior Court to maintain and improve the protection and identification of victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Adi Rosenthal (Clinical Child, DCN)
Adi Rosenthal's research questions focus on understanding barriers to service engagement as well as the relationship between cognition and adaptive coping among survivors of physical and sexual violence.
She graduated with a BA in psychology from Emory university and has previously worked in as a research assistant examining early identification of psychosis and the interplay of trauma exposure, atypical development and psychosis.
Becky Suzuki (Clinical, DCN)
Becky Suzuki is primarily interested in how marginalization affects service engagement after a traumatic event. She is committed to working with community partners to systematically improve the access to and quality of services across the healthcare, civic and nonprofit sectors.
Suzuki received her BA in psychology from Haverford College in 2016. After graduating, she taught English as a Fulbright Scholar in Essen, Germany and then served with AmeriCorps in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to coming to DU, she worked as a research assistant studying anxiety, trauma and grief at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
Collaborators and Partners
- Kathryn Becker-Blease, PhD, Oregon State University
- Joanne Belknap, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder
- Kim Bender, PhD, University of Denver
- Ann T. Chu, PhD, A Better Way
- Martin Dorahy, PhD, University of Canterbury
- Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD, University of Oregon
- Angela Gover, PhD, University of Colorado Denver
- Leslie Hasche, PhD, University of Denver
- Rafaele Huntjens, PhD, University of Groningen
- Jennifer Labus, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles
- Daniel McIntosh, PhD, University of Denver
- Megan Saylor, PhD, Vanderbilt University
- Stephen R. Shirk, PhD, University of Denver
- Courtney Welton-Mitchell, PhD, University of Denver
- Eileen Zurbriggen, PhD, University of California-Santa Cruz
We partner with a host of agencies locally, including, but not limited to:
- The Blue Bench (formerly Rape Assistance and Awareness Program (RAAP))
- The Rose Andom Center
- Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center
- Denver City Attorney's Office
- Denver District Attorney's Office
- Denver Police Department, Victim Assistance Unit
- Sexual Assault Interagency Council (SAIC)
- Research Program Partner
Alumni of the TSS Group
- Ann Chu, PhD
- Melody Combs, PhD
- Rebecca Babcock Fenerci, PhD
- Kerry Gagnon, PhD
- Claire Hebenstreit, PhD
- Michelle Lee, PhD
- Julie Olomi, PhD
- Ryan Matlow, PhD
- Rheena Pineda, PhD
- Jackie Rea, PhD
- Aimee Reichmann-Decker, PhD
- Lindsay Smart, PhD
- Tejas Srinivas, PhD
- Jane Sundermann, MA
- Kristin Weinzierl, PhD
- Courtney Welton-Mitchell, PhD
- Pallavi Visvanathan, PhD
- Naomi Wright, PhD
- Mia McLaughlin (Honors Student, 2021-2022)
- Briana Aguilar, Wesley Mysinger (Honors Student, 2020-2021)
- Avery Stackle (Honors Student, 2019–2020)
- Madison Hakey (Honors Student, 2019–2020)
- Carlyn Scheu (Honors Student, 2017–2018)
- Saman Rizvi (Honors Student, 2016–2017)
- Amber Morse (Honors Student, 2012–2013)
- Courtney Kerivan (Honors Student, 2011–2012)
- Jenna Lindsay-Brisbin (Honors Student, 2010–2011)
- Ana Britton (Honors Student, 2008–2009)
- Amy Chianese (Honors Student, 2006–2007)
- Ryann Peyton (Honors Student, 2003–2004)