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Center on Domestic Violence, School of Public Affairs

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faculty, lecturers & staff


Angela Gover, Ph.D 

Angela R. Gover is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver.  Dr. Gover received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. Her research interests include policy relevant family violence issues, violence against women, gender and crime, and evaluation research. Some of her published work has appeared in Violence and Victims, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Criminology and Public Policy, Justice Quarterly, and Women & Criminal Justice.  Dr. Gover recently completed two funded research projects: “The Impact of Proactive Enforcement of No-Contact Orders on Victim Safety and Repeat Victimization” (funded by the Department of Justice) and “Utilizing Evidence-Based Practices to Implement Differentiated Treatment for Domestic Violence Offenders in Colorado” (funded by the Colorado Department of Public Safety).  Her current projects include: “The Effectiveness of Coordinated Outreach in Intimate Partner Violence Cases: A Randomized, Longitudinal Design” (funded by the Department of Justice) and the “Campus Crime and Safety Project” (funded by UCD’s Center for Faculty Development).


Janet Mickish, Ph.D. 

Janet E. Mickish has been involved in domestic violence prevention and intervention for 25 years.  For eight years, she was the executive director of the Colorado Domestic Violence Coalition.  She has taught domestic violence and criminal justice at University of Colorado at Denver, Metropolitan State University, and other institutions of higher education across the country.  She has authored numerous domestic violence works, including training manuals for health care providers and lawyers.  She is currently the Manager of Funding Resources for Total Longterm Care in Denver and a consultant with Mickish Consulting.

Cathy Phelps, MA, MSW   
303-860-0660, #230

Cathy Phelps is the Executive Director of The Denver Center for Crime Victims (DCCV) in Denver, Colorado.  DCCV is a 18-year old nonprofit agency recognized as a national model whose mission is to provide crisis counseling, case management, and advocacy to victims of crime and also crime prevention education.  Cathy has been with the agency for 18 years, including 12 years as the Program Director. ​Cathy earned her Masters in Medical Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Denver and has over 22 years of experience working in crime victim's programs. In addition, Cathy graduated with her Masters in social work from the University of Denver. Concurrent with her position at DCCV, she has served as part-time faculty for Metropolitan State University. She facilitates 32-week clinical support groups for African American survivors of sexual and domestic violence for the local rape crisis center.  Cathy has a wide array of interests, is a published author, and holds memberships on local and national boards. 

Marybeth Carter, Ph.D

Marybeth Carter, PhD, has served as the president and/or executive director of numerous organizations addressing and preventing sexual and domestic violence: the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence/Foundation to End Sexual Violence,  the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Colorado Domestic Violence Coalition, the Rape Crisis Center of Contra Costa/Marin in California (now Community Violence Solutions), the YWCA of Glendale, California (DV Shelter Program), and the Self Help Center, a rural-based domestic violence and sexual assault agency in Casper, Wyoming. She currently has a psychotherapy practice based in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California and is President/CEO of Changetending, Inc., a consulting firm that supports nonprofits through change. Concurrently, she serves as a teaching affiliate at the University of Colorado at Denver and the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California. Marybeth has a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in depth psychology.


Kathleen Schoen, Esq.    

Kathleen Schoen, Esq. graduated from University of Oregon Law School in 1980.  She is a member of both the Colorado and Oregon bars, and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.  She has been working in the area of domestic violence intervention and prevention since 1985.  Along with a criminal justice coordinator for the battered women’s program and a police officer in Aurora, Colorado, she spearheaded the development and implementation of the first in the nation fast-track prosecution of domestic violence.  She is currently the director of the Colorado Bar Association’s Access to Justice and Local Bar Relations Department where she manages several projects, including the Domestic Violence: Make It Your Business Project, designed to create awareness and skills in the business community about the impact of domestic violence on business; Kids & Court, researching and disseminating information to attorneys about how to prevent/decrease trauma to children who are witnesses in court proceedings; Colorado Network to End Financial Exploitation of the Elderly; and Colorado Alliance to Prevent Cruelty, a statewide collaboration of criminal justice and animal welfare professionals cross-training each other about the link between animal abuse and family violence.  She also provides support to the Access to Justice Commission, Availability of Legal Services pro bono coordinators, and local bar associations.   Kathleen has written, spoken, and taught nationally and internationally on many topics, including of women and violence, mediation and family violence, and the link between animal abuse and family violence.  She is the 2003 recipient of the Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Memorial Award from SafeHouse Denver for her inspiration and leadership to end domestic violence.

Barbara Morris, MD

Barbara Morris, MD, is a family physician and geriatrician at Wind Crest Medical Center in Littleton, Colorado. She has in-depth experience in caring for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence through her work with Safe Clinic at Women in Crisis in Arvada, Colorado.
Dr. Morris has also had extensive policy and programmatic experience in services for victims and survivors via her board of directors’ role with both The Family Tree and The STOP Violence Against Women Act boards.


Sue Hagedorn, APNP-BC, PhD, WHNP, FPNP, Professor Emeritus UC Denver

Sue Hagedorn has practiced for over thirty years as a nurse, nurse practitioner, nurse educator and nurse activist. Retired in 2007 from her position as Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing, she continues as Associate Professor Emeritus and as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has completed the New School’s Certificate in Documentary Media. Dr. Hagedorn has directed and produced a number of documentaries that celebrate nurses and nursing. Her film Miracle Man won several awards, including a New York Emmy nomination. 


Barbara Paradiso, MPA
Director, Center on Domestic Violence & Program on Gender-Based Violence
Barbara Paradiso

Barbara Paradiso is the Director for the Center and Program on Domestic Violence at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver (UCD).  Barbara has worked on behalf of battered women and their children for more than twenty two years as an advocate, administrator and activist.  Prior to her position at CU, she served as the Director of Domestic Violence Programs for the Sunshine Lady Foundation of North Carolina.  For twelve years, from 1985-1997, Barbara was the Executive Director of Boulder County Safehouse.  Barbara has been active in the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence as Co-Chair of the organization, Chair of the Legislative, Membership, Queer Advocacy and Finance Committees.  She is currently on the Board of Boulder County Advocates for Transitional Housing and is Treasurer of the Board for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Barbara has presented and provided consultation to organizations on a state, local and national level on effective non-profit administration, as well as, topics related to violence against women and children.

Sam Cole
Director of Community Relations
Sam Cole
Sam Cole is the Director of Community Relations for the Center on Domestic Violence.  Previously, he managed the Democracy Project at the Gill Foundation in Denver serving 400 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and allied non-profit organizations throughout the country.   While at the Gill Foundation, Sam also reviewed grant requests and made grant awards, oversaw the development of a 12 million record voting block of gay-friendly individuals, and trained over 1000 activists in 21 states on movement-building strategies.  Sam has also been employed as the Executive Director of the Colorado Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, where he developed a training program on domestic violence prevention for health care professionals.  Sam currently serves on the board of Community Shares of Colorado, mentors two children through Denver Kids, Inc. and serves on the Mayor’s GLBT Commission in Denver.  He previously served on the boards of SAFE Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, and the Ford Motor Company Dispute Settlement Program. 


Caroline Fry
Graduate Assistant 

headshot.jpgCaroline Fry is our current graduate assistant and is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from UC Denver. Before starting the program, she served as the outreach and volunteer manager for the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership in Denver. Caroline is passionate about issues surrounding social justice and civil liberties, and has volunteered and worked at several nonprofit organizations over the past decade. Hailing from western North Carolina, Caroline received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Denver. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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