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Berger Fellowship

The Berger Fellowship is a two-year endowed, postdoctoral research fellowship designed to support the career development of professionals who want to become independent investigators in the field of child maltreatment or child welfare. This fellowship was created in 1999 through the generosity of Mr. Wayne Berger who endowed the support through The Kempe Foundation. We are opening selection in September of 2016 for a fellowship opening in the summer 2017.  Applicants typically come from social sciences or public health fields. The stipend is adjusted to match current NIH fellowship funding levels.
Current Kempe Center research opportunities include a randomized-controlled trial of an intervention for preadolescent youth in foster care, policy research studies, systematic reviews of the evidence in diagnosis or intervention, and an expanding focus on abuse prevention.  Recent major research activities have included detecting new mental health trauma treatment approaches, examining international health care systems, and examining the results of survey work on family violence. A focus of the fellowship is to prepare the individual to obtain external funding.  There are also opportunities to collaborate with our multidisciplinary, multi-university developmental psychobiology research consortium and our health outcomes research group.  Supervised clinical experiences are also available if needed to complement the research training.

Past Berger Fellows who have established successful academic careers have included:

Years Fellow Where they are now
​2011-2013 ​John Holmberg, PsyD
Private Practice
Research Associate Littleton, CO
2007-2009 Tali Raviv, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

2005-2006 Kimberly Shipman, PhD

Senior Research Associate
Program on Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

2002-2004 Patrick Nickoletti, PhD

Associate Professor Human Development and Family Studies
Saint Joseph University,  West Hartford, CT

​2000-2001 ​Anne M Libby, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus | Department of Emergency Medicine
Program Director | Clinical Faculty Scholars Program
Co-Director | CU-Anschutz Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists
Co-Director | CCTSI Colorado Mentoring Training Program (CO-Mentor)

For more information on the Berger Fellowship, please contact:

Desmond K. Runyan, MD, DrPH
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Section Head, Child Abuse and Neglect and
Jack and Viki Thompson Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado
Executive Director, Kempe Center
National Program Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars®
Children’s Hospital Colorado
13123 E. 16th Avenue, B-390
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303-864-5363   Fax: 303-864-5367