Area of Scholary Interest

My research has focused on the interaction of social cognitive theory and the mechanisms of trauma recovery and coping with chronic disease.  I am particularly interested in the cognitive appraisal processes of victims of trauma (e.g., natural disasters, violence, motor vehicle accidents, etc.) and how these processes influence physical and emotional health. 

Academic Appointments

2006-Present:  Professor of Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
2003:  Interim Co-Chair Department of Psychology
2002-Present:  Founder and Director of the CU-Trauma, Health & Hazard Center
2002:  Interim Director of the CU-Colorado Springs Counseling Center
1996-2004:  Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
2001:  Visiting Scholar University of Queensland, Psychology Department  (July)
2000-2006:  Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1993-2000:  Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1992-1993:  National Heart Lung & Blood Institute Post Doctoral Fellow,University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
1989-1991:  National Heart Lung & Blood Institute Pre Doctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1985-1986:  Fulbright Scholar, University of Freiburg, Germany

Education

Ph.D.  Stanford University, August l992, Counseling Psychology (APA Approved).  Specialization:  Health Psychology; Minor  Psychology.
M.C.  Arizona State University, December l986, Counseling       Psychology (Summa Cum Laude)
B.S.B.A.  Arizona State University, May l983, Management (Summa Cum Laude)

Licensure and Privileges

  • Psychologist, State of Colorado, License no. 1904.  1994-Present
  • Privileges at Memorial Hospital

Awards and Honors

2002:  Emerging Leaders System Wide Program
1999:  Letters Arts & Sciences Extraordinary Merit Award
1998:  Letters Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teacher of the Year
1992-1993:  National Heart Lung & Blood Institute: Post-Doctoral Fellow
1989-1991:  National Heart Lung & Blood Institute: Pre-Doctoral Fellow
1990:  American Psychological Association Travel Grant
1989:  Stanford School of Education Travel Grant
1985-1986:  Fulbright Research Scholar to West Germany: Cardiac Care
1984-1985:  Regents Scholarship for Academic Excellence
1983:  Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society

Editiorial Activities

Peer-Reviewed Journals
2003-2007: Associate Editor:  Journal of Traumatic Stress
2007-present: Editorial Board Anxiety Stress and Coping
2006-present: Referee: Psychological Bulletin
2005-present: Referee: Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
2005-present::Referee: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
1995-present: Referee: Health Psychology 
1996-present: Referee: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 
1996-present: Referee: Journal of Applied Social Psychology
1998-present: Referee: Psychosomatic Medicine
1998-present: Referee: Brain Behavior and Immunity
1998-present: Referee: Journal of Traumatic Stress
2000-present: Referee: Death Studies
2000-present: Referee: Clinical Psychology Review
1998-present: Referee: Anxiety Stress and Coping

National Meetings Reviewer 
2004:  Deputy for Early Intervention and Disaster Abstracts for the 2004 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Meeting.
2001-2006: Conference Abstract Reviewer International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
1998:  Conference Abstract Reviewer Society of Behavioral Medicine   
1997:  Conference Abstract Reviewer: Society of Behavioral Medicine 
1996:  Conference Abstract Reviewer: Society of Behavioral Medicine

Granting Agency Review Panels

2007:  National Institute of Mental Health
2003-2006:  National Science Foundation
1995:  Referee: National VA Research Grant Program

Grants and Corporate Support

  • Principal Investigator, Advanced Mentorship Program: National Institute of Mental Health, June 2007-July 2008, $15,000.00.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, National Institute for Science, Space, and Security Centers.  Air Force Office of Sponsored Research. July 2006-July 2010, $319,000.00
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Toward Improved Understanding of Warnings for Short-Fuse Weather Events.  National Science Foundation, $422,000.00.  Start date July 1, 2003-2008.
  • Co-Principal Investigator:  REU: The Warning Project.  National Science Foundation. January 2005-January 2006.  $12,000.00
  • Principal Investigator: Empowerment Dynamics During Extreme Stress:  A Social Cognitive Theory Application Phase II.  Network Information and Space Security Center Grant related to Homeland Security and Homeland Defense, January 2005-January 2006. $20,400.00.
  • Principal Investigator: Empowerment Dynamics During Extreme Stress:  A Social Cognitive Theory Application.  Network Information and Space Security Center Grant related to Homeland Security and Homeland Defense, June 2004-January 2005. $20,400.00.
  • Principal Investigator:  Trauma Intervention for First Responders:  Network Information and Space Security Center Grant related to Homeland Security and Homeland Defense, January 2004-January 2006. $13,800.00
  • Principal Investigator:  Trauma Intervention for First Responders:  A proposal for Network Information and Space Security Center Grants related to Homeland Security and Homeland Defense, June 2003-January 2004. $7,000.
  • Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Edward Chow:  Enhancing the Security and Effectiveness of Collaborative Software for First Responders:  A proposal for Network Information and Space Security Center Grants related to Homeland Security and Homeland Defense. June 2003-December 2003. $7,000.00
  • Principal Investigator,  Coping Self-efficacy and Evacuation from Wildfire.  Quick Response Grant:  Natural Hazards Research and Applications Center, National Science Foundation:  $3,200.00.  2002.
  • Principal Investigator, "Coping Self-efficacy in Response to Motor Vehicle Accident Trauma".  National Institute of Mental Health: Violence and Traumatic Stress Division.  $99,200.00.  1999-2003.
  • Principal Investigator:  "Coping Self-efficacy as a Mediator in Treatment Effectiveness with Female Victims of Domestic Violence"., Domestic Violence Early Response Team Colorado Springs Police Department.  $15, 800.00.  l999-present.
  • Principal Investigator, "Coping Self-Efficacy Assessment with Victims of Domestic Violence.  Received an $8,100.00 grant through the Domestic Violence Early Response Team program sponsored by the National Institute of Justice and the Colorado Springs Police Department.  1998
  • Principal Investigator,  "Coping Self-efficacy in Older Adults Following a Natural Disaster".  National Science Foundation.  l998 $3,000.00
  • Principal Investigator,  "Coping Self-Efficacy, Depression, Anxiety, and the Early Re-Admission Congestive Heart Failure Patient".  The Penrose Foundation and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Matching Grant:  l997-l998,  $4,000.00
  • Principal Investigator, "Buffalo Creek Fire and Flood Disaster:  Follow-up Study".  University of Colorado at Colorado Springs CRCW grant.  $5,000.00, l997-l998.
  • Principal Investigator, "Buffalo Creek Fire and Flood Disaster".  National Science Foundation $1,000.00
  • Principal Investigator, "Oklahoma City Bombing Study:  Risk and Protective Factors Study.  National Science Foundation $2,800.00.  1995
  • Deans Support Grant for Oklahoma City Bombing:  $1,100.00.  l995
  • Principal Investigator, "Postmenopausal Women's Reactions to Spouses' Surgery"   University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, CRCW grant $5,000, 1994.
  • Eveready Battery Corporation:  Supplied 280 batteries for psychophysiological study estimated value $1,120.00
  • Hewlett Packard Corporation:  Donation of a palmtop Hp 95LX computer for ambulatory studies, Estimated value at $800.00

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Stress Anxiety Research Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • Health Psychology Division #38 of American Psychological Association
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Psychosomatic Society