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Kempe Center - Faculty

Pediatric Section of Child Abuse and Neglect



Desmond K. Runyan, MD, DrPH
Professor of Pediatrics
Section Head, Child Abuse and Neglect
Executive Director, Kempe Center
Jack and Viki Thompson Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado
National Program Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars®

Denise Abdoo, PhD, CPNP, SANE-A, SANE-P
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Child Protection Team

Heather A. Allan, MSW
Instructor of Pediatrics
Project Coordinator, Family Group Decision Making

Claudia Amura
Research Coordinator, SafeCare

Diane Baird, LCSW
Senior Instructor of Pediatrics
Trainer, Clinician and Co-Director, START

William R. Betts, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Director for Mental Health

Donald C. Bross, JD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics and Family Law
Associate Director for Pediatric Law, Bioethics, and Policy
Co-Director, START

Katherine L. Casillas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, SareCare  

Antonia Chiesa, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Child Protection Team 

Bridget T. Derkash, MA
Instructor of Pediatrics
Research Manager, SafeCare Colorado

Ida J. Drury, MSW
Senior Instructor of Pediatrics

Angele Fauchier, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Researcher, SafeCare Colorado and Child Trauma Program 

John D. Fluke, PhD
Research Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Director for System Research and Evaluation

Leah Garbe, BA
Instructor of Pediatrics
Training Manager, SafeCare Colorado

Edward J. Goldson, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Special Care Clinic, Ambulatory Pediatrics

Evelin D. Gomez, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Clinician/Training Director, Trauma Informed Practice

Amy E. Hahn, MSW
Senior Instructor of Pedatrics
Manager, Differential Response Projects

Nicole Harlaar, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dana Hollinshead, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Anita L. Horner, BA
Senior Instructor of Pediatrics

Michelle D. Howard, MS
Senior Instructor of Pediatrics

Lisa Justis, LCSW, CTS
Instructor of Pediatrics
Child Protection Team 

Robin J. Kimbrough-Melton, JD
Senior Instructor of Pediatrics
Research Professor in Community and Behavioral Health

Richard D. Krugman, MD
Distinguished Professor
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect

Terri Lewis, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Researcher, Kempe Center

Daniel M. Lindberg, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Researcher, Kempe Center
Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado | Anschutz Hospital
Child Protection Team

Christina Little, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Project Director/Principal Investigator, Trauma Informed Practice

Kasey Matz, MA​
Instructor of Pediatrics
Program Director, CWTS

Erika McElroy, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Operations Mgr, Imhoff

Jill McLeigh, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Editor of Child Abuse and Neglect
Symposia Editor for American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Gary Melton, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Director for Community Development and Social Policy

Lisa A. Merkel-Holguin, MSW
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Family Group Decision Making

Donna L. Parrish, MA, LPC
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Jennifer Paul, PhD
Senior Instructor of Pediatrics

Desmond K. Runyan, MD, DrPH
Professor of Pediatrics
Section Head, Child Abuse and Neglect
Executive Director, Kempe Center
Jack and Viki Thompson Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado
National Program Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars®

Gail D. Ryan, MA
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Kempe Perpetration Prevention Program

Laura Schwab Reese
Post-Doctoral Berger Fellow

Andrew P. Sirotnak, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs
Director, Kempe Child Protection Team
Department Head, Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Hospital Colorado
Director, Child Abuse and Neglect Fellowship Program

Kathryn Snyder, MD, MPH
Senior Instructor of Pediatrics
Child Abuse Pediatrician, Denver Health Medical Center
Child Protection Team

Sasha Svendsen, MD
Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship
Child Protection Team

Lucinda T. Tanner, CHA, PA
Senior Instructor of Pediatrics
Child Protection Team

Heather N. Taussig, PhD
Adjoint Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Associate Director of Research, Kempe Center
Director, Fostering Healthy Futures

Nichole G. Wallace, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Child Abuse Pediatrics, Briargate Clinic (Colorado Springs)

Kathryn M. Wells, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Researcher, Kempe Center
Child Protection Team
Child Abuse Pediatrician, Denver Health Medical Center

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Ashley L. Andersen, MSW
Facilitation Specialist
​Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

Dan Comer
Professional Development Specialist
Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

Cynthia Espinosa
Training Coordinator
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Sarah Hunt
Program Coordinator
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Linda Jensen
Staff Assistant, Child Protection Team

Rob Murchison
Finance Manager, Kempe Center

Michelle Patterson
Administrative Assistant
Ecutive Assistant to Dr. Desmond Runyan

Kim Pierpoint, MSHA
Administrator, Kempe Center

Brandon Reese
Finance Specialist

Brandon Smith
IT Specialist
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Caitlin Zoghby
Program Assistant
IMHOFF Clinic


PRA

Lynnette Disheroon
Professional Research Assistant, Kempe CARES 

Natalie Garrado
Professional Research Assistant, ACYF

Wendy Gehring
Professional Research Assistant
Data Coordinator

Natalie Gallardo
Professional Research Assistant
Trauma Informed Practice


OTHER PROFESSIONAL

Colleen Gibley-Reed
NE RTC Coordinator
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Lauren Hutto
RTC Manager
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Chad Kaneakua
SE RTC Coordinator
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Jennifer Koch-Zapfel, MSW
Program Coordinator, START

Elena Khomitch
Program Coordinator - TIP

Holly Laydon
South East Training Specialist
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Kathleen Maybury
West RTC Coordinator, Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Kasey Matz, MA
Project Director, Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Kelly Parsons
CWTS Training Manager

Carolyn Sobczak
CWTS Editor

Maritza Villagomez
Training Coordinator, Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Stacy Walsh
CWTS Metro Regional Training Coordinator

Jing Yu
Instructional Design Manager
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Corine Zakaria
NE Administrative Assistant
Colorado Child Welfare Training System​