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Kempe Center - Faculty

Pediatric Section of Child Abuse and Neglect




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
Learning Assesment Specialist, Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

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, PhD
Senior Instructor of Pediatrics
Evaluator, Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

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
Learning & Development Specialist, Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

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
Learning & Development Manager, Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

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
Director of Evaluation, Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

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
Legal Learning Manager, Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

Kasey Matz, MA​
Instructor of PediatricsManager
Lead Investigator, Project Director 
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

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

Jill McLeigh, PhD
Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Editor for International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice 
Symposia Editor for American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Gary Melton, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Editor-in-chief of International Journal on Child Maltreatment Reasearch, Policy and Practice Senior Editor for American Journal of Orthopsychiatry​

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

Matthew Scott, MSW​
Instructor of Pediatrics

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

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, PhD
Senior Professional Research Assistant
Differential Response

Natalie Gallardo, BA
Project Coordinator 
SafeCare® Colorado

OTHER PROFESSIONALS

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

Jason Cardoso
Learning & Development Specialist
Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

Dan Comer
Learning & Development Specialist
Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

Stacy Falsone 
West Regional Learning Coordinator 
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Colleen Gibley-Reed
Lead NE Reagional Learning Coordinator
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Paula Haugerud
Learning Logistics Coordinator 
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Sarah Hunt
ECHO Specialist ​

Lauren Hutto
Coaching Manager
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Chad Kaneakua
Lead SE Reagional Learning Coordinator
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

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

Holly Laydon
SE Regional Learning Coordinator 
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Amy Montoya 
NE Reagional Learning Coordinator
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Michelle C. Mares, MS-OL
Foster, Kin, Adoptive Parent Learning Manager
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Sheila Ornelas
Learning Logostics Coordiantor 
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Kari Phillipps 
Program Coordinator 
Colorado Child Welfare Training System​

Kelly Parsons
Learning Delivery Manager                                                                                             Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Amanda Regensberg
Metro Reagional Learning Coordinator
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Carolyn Sobczak
CQI Specialist Editor                                                                                                      Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

Megan Sweet
Metro Reagional Learning Coordinator
Colorado Child Welfare Training System

Maritza Villagomez
Lead Learning Logistics Coordinator 

Colorado Child Welfare Training System                                                                         

Stacy Walsh
Lead Metro Regional Learning Coordinator                                                                              Colorado Child Welfare Training System 

Lisa Wubbena
Instructional Designer 
Colorado Child Welfare Training System ​

Jing Yu
Learning Design Manager
Colorado Child Welfare Training System​​​​​​