Military Psychology

Providing a new generation of psychologists with the practical, academic and clinical skills needed to pursue a career in the field of military psychology

The Sturm Family Foundation and the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) partnered in 2015 to create an academic and training specialty to serve the military and Veteran population and to address the increased need for psychologists with this specialty knowledge. The Military Psychology specialty expands evidence-based academic training for students, increases access to behavioral health services and provides outreach and consultation to military and Veterans-focused community-based groups – creating a comprehensive system of training and care. At the same time, the specialty provides national leadership with the latest research, best practices and thoughtful leadership around military and Veteran issues.

The specialized training utilizes:

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    Academic Coursework

    Coursework is specifically focused on the challenges and issues faced by Veterans, including military culture and mental health policy, current political affairs and the physiological and psychological effects of service.

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    Clinical Training

    Work in our off-campus Sturm Center, which provides behavioral health care to Veterans, Servicemembers (including Guard and Reserve) and their families.

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    We strive to build partnerships with a variety of community organizations.

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    Our students and faculty study the outcomes of clinical treatment to advance research.

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Moving the Needle on Veteran and Military Mental Health: A Webinar Series for Providers who Serve Those who have Served

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Upcoming Webinar: Lethal Means Safety

Please join The Graduate School of Professional Psychology’s Military Psychology specialty for the second installment in our webinar series, in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC).

Environmental factors such as access to lethal means increase the risk for suicide. Learning to practice safety storage and access to lethal means during periods of crisis can be a proven method to reduce risk for suicide or injury for everyone in your home. This session will help you identify the risk for suicide in the veteran population, teach you how that risk is associated to access to lethal means and share skills on how to engage in lethal means safety conversations and strategies to limit risk.

APA credits are available through this series. Click the RSVP button below to learn more.


Academic Training

The Military Psychology specialty trains students – many of whom are Veterans, Servicemembers or military family members – in all aspects of clinical and operational psychology with academic courses, clinical experiences, research training and community outreach. Students within the specialty are trained by psychologists with extensive experience in the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and other organizations that work with Veterans, Servicemembers and their families.

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Clinical Training

The Sturm Center

The Sturm Center provides high-quality, confidential, evidence-based behavioral health services for all Veterans, Servicemembers and their families, regardless of discharge, era, combat or activation/drill status. To ensure everyone who needs services is able to access them, the Clinic operates on a sliding-scale payment model and accepts Medicaid, Medicare and VA Community Care/Triwest.

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Meet Our Director - Dr. Katy Barrs

Katy Barrs

Clinic Director, Sturm Center

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200+ community partners

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3,000+ therapy or assessment sessions have been conducted at The Sturm Center

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Socially Responsible Community Engagement & Outreach

Through the Military Psychology specialty, we are training a new generation of psychologists with the knowledge and experience needed to effectively tackle the complex issues that affect military affiliated populations. We also provide training for all types of providers across Colorado about cultural competence, health disparities endemic to this community and cutting-edge research and treatment with these populations. We engage in the research and practice of evidence-based and culturally-competent treatments that emphasize performance, growth, functioning, quality of life, recovery and community involvement.

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Clinical Outcomes Research

Building on the coursework and clinical training provided, students will engage in research training which emphasizes enhanced clinical outcomes for services provided to this population. By employing new, innovative, and evidence-based treatment approaches with this population, students will engage in all aspects of research training within clinical and academic settings while in the program.


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What Memorial Day means to us...

We are so grateful to the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. To honor them, the APA Division 19 Society for Military Psychology Student Chapter and the Military Psychology specialty at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology have partnered to express what Memorial Day means to them.


The Military Psychology specialty at GSPP is proudly supported by:

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