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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 Chair in Child Maltreatment and Family Health
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

Donald C. Bross, PhD, JD
Professor Emeritus

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

Antonia Chiesa, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Child Protection Team

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 Garrido
Associate Adjunct Professor

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 Adjoint Professor of Pediatrics

Dana Hollinshead, PhD
Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics

Anita L. Horner, BA
Senior Instructor of Pediatrics

Michelle D. Howard, MS
Senior Instructor of Pediatrics

Alison M. Kemp, MD
Professor Adjoint of Pediatrics

Jennifer L. Koch-Zapfel, MSW​
Instructor of Pediatrics

Richard D. Krugman, MD
Distinguished Professor
University of Colorado School of Medicine

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​​​

Sabine A. Maguire, MD
Professor Adjoint of Pediatrics

Kendall K. Marlowe, JD, MSW​
Instructor of Pediatrics

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

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

Jill McLeigh, PhD
Assistant Research 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

Jennifer Paul, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and 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

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

Heather N. Taussig, PhD
Professor Adjoint 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​​

Robyn Wertheimer Hodas, LCSW​
Senior Instructor of Pediatrics​​​​​

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Danette Fisher
HR Coordinator

Mary Gangel
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator, Kempe Center 

Linda Jensen
Staff Assistant, Child Protection Team

Rob Murchison
Business Services Manager

Brandon Smith
IT Specialist
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Brenda Vetter
Finance Coordinator, Kempe Center 


PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Dustin Currie
Senior Professional Research Assistant
Differential Response

Natalie Gallardo, BA
Professional Research Assistant

Maritza Villagomez
Professional Research Assistant


OTHER PROFESSIONALS

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

Dan Comer
Professional Development Specialist
Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

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

Sarah Hunt
Program 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

Adrian Lara, BA
Metro Region Training Specialist
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Holly Laydon
South East Training Specialist
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Michelle C. Mares, MS-OL
Foster, Kin, Adoptive Parent Training Manager
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​​​​​​