Psychology Department

Sara H. Qualls, PhD

Sara H. Qualls, PhD, ABPP

Director, UCCS Aging Center & Professor, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging

Lane Center 357

Work : 719-255-8038
squalls@uccs.edu

Office Hours

By Appointment 

Since 1984, Dr. Qualls has been a member of the Psychology faculty. She served as Department Chair (1993-2000) and Director of Clinical Training (1987-96; 2004-07). She teaches primarily at the graduate level, maintains a lab of research mentees, and conducts research on the caregiver program within the department's training clinic, the UCCS Aging Center. Other campus roles include Director of the Gerontology Center, Faculty Director of the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences and Director of the UCCS Aging Center.

Areas of Interest

Mental health and aging, family caregiving, integrated healthcare, senior housing and wellness, technology and aging

Education

PhD Clinical Psychology with Minors in Adult Development and Aging; Brain Organization and Function, Pennsylvania State University, 1983
MS Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 1979
BS Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University, 1977

Teaching

Dr. Qualls teaches Clinical Geropsychology: Settings and Contexts of Practice, supervises clinical students, and trains students to provide services to aging families and caregivers at the UCCS Aging Center.

Courses Taught

PSY 6610 - Clinical Geropsychology I
PSY 6730 - Diversity of Culture and Family: Professional Development II
PSY 6740 - Clinical Practicum (Aging Center)
PSY 6930 - Clinical Psychology Supervision

Certifications

ABPP in Clinical Geropsychology

Professional Experience

Dr. Qualls is a clinical psychologist who maintained a private practice for 22 years, and has served as an organizational consultant assisting with strategic planning for non-profits and academic units.

Honors and Awards

UCCS Endowed Chair - Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies, 2006
UCCS Millon Dollar Club (Research Funding)
UCCS Bank One Colorado Corporation Faculty Community Service Award, 1999

APA Committee on Aging Award for Distinguished Service to Profession, 2014
Colorado Gerontological Society Distinguished Pioneer in Aging Award, 2014
Distinguished Clinical Mentorship Award, Society for Clinical Geropsychology, 2012
CU Technology Transfer New Inventor of the Year at UCCS, 2009 
Professional Contribution Award, The ARC
Bank One Community Service Award, University of Colorado System
Cornelia Sabine Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology, El Paso County Psychological Society

Organizations

American Psychological Association (Fellow)- multiple leadership roles within Divisions 20, and the Society of Clinical Geropsychology (DIv 12-Section 2), member, Div 43.
Gerontological Society of America - Behavioral and Social Sciences Section
National Council of Family Relations
Psychologists in Long Term Care
Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region

Representative Publications

Qualls, S. H. & Williams, A.A. (2013). Caregiver family therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.

Segal, D. H., Qualls, S. H., & Smyer, M. A. (2011). Aging and mental health (2nd ed). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Qualls, S.H., Klebe, K.J., Berryman, K., Williams, A., Phillips, L., Layton, H., Hiroto, K., Stephens, M., Anderson, L., & Rogers, M. (2015). Motivational and cognitive pathways to medical help-seeking for Alzheimer's Disease: A cognitive impairment response model. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 70, 57-66. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu058.

Qualls, S.H. (2015). Building competencies in professional Geropsychology: Guidelines, training model, and strategies for professional development. In P. Arean (Ed.), Treatment of late life depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse. (pp. 11-48). Washington, DC: APA Press. doi:10.1037/14524-002

Licensure

Psychologist, State of Colorado

Representative and Recent Service/Leadership Roles

Intergeneration Foundation, Trustee
APA Committee on Aging (2009-11; Chair 2011)
APA Inter-Organizational Work Group on Competencies for Psychological Practice in Primary Care (2012)
APA Geropsychology Workforce Working Committee (2010-14)

Curriculum Vitae

Sara H. Qualls, PhD
 
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