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Kathleen Garrett, MA

Research Senior Instructor

Kathleen Garrett
Kathleen Garrett is a Research Senior Instructor in Colorado School of Public Health and a Clinical Program Associate in the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program in the CU School of Medicine. She is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and has been a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2004. Over the past 10 years, Kathleen has conducted numerous community and clinical-based MI workshops and training programs for physicians, patient navigators, peer counselors, professional counselors, and health educators in the Denver metro area and nationally. For three years, she helped to design and implement an in-patient tobacco treatment service at the UC Health University of Colorado Hospital where she also provided bedside smoking cessation services to patients. Additionally, since 1995, Kathleen has served as a collaborating investigator on eight NIH- and foundation-funded research projects that evaluated the feasibility and/or efficacy of psychosocial and behavioral interventions in cancer prevention, cancer survivorship, and public health. In each study, she provided leadership in intervention design, implementation, staff coaching, and quality assurance.

Kathleen joined the BHWP team at CU Anschutz in January of 2015. As a Clinical Program Associate, she collaborates on the development of a wide variety of training materials and curriculum. Her favorite way to balance and stay healthy is to spend time in nature. Whether it is making time for quiet reflection or actively engaging in vigorous activity, Kathleen prefers to be outside. She also enjoys getting lost (and found) in stimulating conversation, reading and writing poetry.​

Research Interests:
  • the study of community interventions to improve the health of people living in poverty
  • motivational interventions in chronic illness management
  • cancer survivorship
  • trauma and post-traumatic growth
  • MA in Counseling Psychology from CU Denver (1999)
  • BS in Human Services from Metropolitan State University of Denver (1990) 
  • Studied English at NYU (1979-1981)

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