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From the Dean's Desk: October 2019

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GSPP Communications Team

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2019 psychology freshmen

A Message from Dean Smith-Acuña

Classes are in full swing and homecoming week is just around the corner! As we dive deeper into the Fall Quarter, it is my hope that everyone is settling in and off to a great start with classes. Not only have we kicked off the year with some incredible faculty achievements, but we also have an exciting lineup of events ahead as well. Thank you all for the work you do and please don't hesitate to reach out. I appreciate you taking the time to read through our recent news and stay engaged!


Rose Community Foundation Gives to GSPP

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This month the Rose Community Foundation committed a generous gift in support of the Colorado Resilience Collaborative (CRC). The CRC, which is based in Denver and serves all of Colorado, would like to increase awareness of the program and services provided in Denver County and the surrounding area.

It is the CRC’s goal to better serve some of our state's most densely populated areas as well as serve the more rural communities across Colorado as none are free of hate incidents. This gift will allow the CRC to expand current services and reach more Coloradans.

Learn More About the CRC


CDPHE Offers Student Loan Repayment Option

Students at GSPP could be eligible to receive up to $50,000 to repay student loans through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Colorado Health Service Corps’ loan forgiveness program aims to promote careers in fields that deliver health care services to under served patients and communities by offering financial assistance to students. The next application cycle will be open from March 1 to March 31, 2020.

Check Eligibility


IECMH Launches Parentline

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Parentline Colorado is a free telebehavioral health service offering brief, strategic psychotherapy through video chat and telephone to pregnant and postpartum families with children up to age five. This program is being piloted by the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialty at GSPP.

For more information, feel free to contact us at 303-871-7935 or

CUB Storytime Series Begins

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Thanks to a generous gift from Board Chair Taylor Kirkpatrick, we are kicking off the Caring for You and Baby (CUB) Clinic Lifelong Learning Event Series in partnership with University of Denver Libraries. Join us with your little ones for the first event, Storytime with Marianne Richmond, on October 14 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Neil Gowensmith Speaks in South Africa

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In September, GSPP Professor Neil Gowensmith, Ph.D., traveled to South Africa to attend the Psychology Society of South Africa's (PsySSA) annual conference in Johannesburg. At the conference, his presentation on forensic bias was well-received and given to a packed house, with good collaboration from partners at the University of KwaZulu Natal.

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In addition to the conference, the group had many discussions about continued joint courses, research, conference proposals, and faculty exchanges. Several key partners were in attendance including the University of Kansas, the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, the South African Journal of Psychology, the University of KwaZulu Natal, and the University of the Western Cape.

University of Denver Doctoral Student Debbie Gowensmith, attended the conference as well. She presented on a 2018 joint course that focused on psychology and race.


Upcoming Events

Monday, October 14 - Storytime with Marianne Richmond

As part of the Caring for You and Baby (CUB) Clinic Lifelong Learning Series, GSPP and the University of Denver Libraries present Storytime with Marianne Richmond. Join us with your little ones for a fun evening of stories, songs, snacks, and activities. Marianne Richmond will be reading from and signing her books Hooray for You and Be Brave Little One.


Thursday, October 24 - AASP Conference Reception in Portland, OR

GSPP is hosting a reception during the Association for Applied Sport Psychology's annual conference. All alumni and friends of the University of Denver are welcome to attend!


Wednesday, October 30 - IDP Student Internship Presentations

Students from the GSPP's International Disaster Psychology master's program will share stories about interning abroad in the mental health field.


Thursday, November 7 - Celebration of Impact

Join us as we highlight GSPP’s accomplishments over the past year and honor remarkable alumni who have made significant contributions to the field of psychology. This year’s award winners will be announced soon! Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with classmates, meet faculty and make friends during this night filled with GSPP wins and traditions.

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