Message from the Dean
The Graduate School of Professional Psychology has a rich legacy of empowering students to positively impact society through applied psychology, Sports Performance and Sports Coaching. We believe that education is dynamic and must evolve alongside society.
Our community of accessible faculty and staff is committed to preparing students to make meaningful contributions to the world. We emphasize a collaborative and supportive environment where students can challenge themselves to grow personally and professionally.
At GSPP, we strive to expand the boundaries of psychology, behavioral health and performance by equipping students with cutting-edge techniques and robust methodologies. Through research, clinical and practicum, and collaboration with experts, we foster an environment of inquiry and exploration that prepares students to excel in their careers.
Our most pressing goal is to create change that positively impacts society and respects diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To that end, we engage a network of alumni, community members, and local professionals to support our students in achieving their goals. We are proud of our history but recognize that the world is evolving, and psychology must continue to evolve with it.
We invite you to join us in understanding and utilizing behavioral health, sports performance, sports coaching, along with the launch of undergraduate Kinesiology to innovatively tackle the challenges of our time.
We look forward to meeting you,
Torrey Wilson, PhD
Meet Dean Torrey Wilson
Dr. Torrey Wilson is currently Dean of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. He previously served as Dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Indianapolis. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Wilson has provided consultation services in a variety of settings, including large and medium sized corporations and organizations, including PriceWaterhouseCooper, Time-Warner, Ford Motor Company, UFJ Bank and USG Corp. He has conducted training workshops that focus on diversity and awareness of differences, change management and work-life balance. He also served as Director of Multicultural Affairs for a university in Chicago, where he was responsible for the planning, development and implementation of overall diversity and inclusion efforts for the institution. Dr. Wilson developed the university’s mediation process for resolving conflicts that centered on diversity and oversaw the implementation of programs to enhance the cultural competency of faculty and staff. In addition, he has served on several institutional committees dedicated to issues of diversity, along with various non-profit boards.
Dr. Wilson has provided individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy, addressing issues of culture and race, sexual orientation, development and growth, as well as change and communication processes.
Our Goals and Values
We're determined to excel in several areas that will contribute to our overall goal of serving as a model school of applied psychology and a force for justice and understanding locally and across the world.
For the field of psychology to be fully vital, a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds must be represented. We're increasing the diversity of our programs and actively working to decrease the financial requirements for a psychology education.
Research is at the center of everything we do. Through rigorous inquiry, we develop new techniques and shed light on age-old dilemmas. We use clinical research to gain new insight while actively improving lives.
We work to deeply understand the contexts in which our work is being done. We make sure our students are able to provide care using methods that are culturally and linguistically appropriate to the groups which which they they work.
Within the school, across campus and internationally, GSPP students, faculty and staff establish mutually beneficial partnerships within the field of psychology and outside it. These relationships build the base of knowledge and techniques that makes us special.
We're determined to make life better for the individuals in our communities and to be a transformative force for psychology by:
- shaping public policy
- increasing access to services
- eliminating the stigma that all-too-frequently accompanies engaging in those services