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Dr. Cindy Buchanan
          Dr. Cindy Buchanan


Gary Pavilion, 4th Floor

Children's Hospital Colorado

Email: Dr. Buchanan



Cindy Buchanan, PhD

Assistant Professor


Positions and Employment:

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Physical Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2008

Assistant Research Professor, Trauma, Health, and Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 2010-2011

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 2011

Affiliate Faculty, College of Professional Studies, Regis University, Colorado Springs, CO, 2011-2012

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2011-present

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, 2011-present


Other Experience and Professional Memberships:

Pre-doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, Temple University Health Science Center, Philadelphia, PA, APA Accredited, 2007-2008

Reviewer, American Psychological Society Division 17, 2008-present

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2008-2010

Biomedical Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2009-2010

Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Child and Family Psychiatry, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, 2002-2003


American Psychological Association, 2000-present
Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas,      2001-2005
Kansas Psychological Association, 2004-2005
New Jersey Psychological Association, 2006-2009
Pennsylvania Psychological Association, 2006-2010
International Positive Psychology Association, 2008-2009
Colorado Psychological Association, 2009-present
American Public Health Association, 2009-present
Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 2010-present



Copwood-Hill Dissertation Award, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2007

Outstanding Teaching Award, College for Professional Studies, Regis University, Colorado Springs, CO, 2010-2011

Exemplary Teaching Award, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Aurora, CO, 2011-2012



PSY 3060 – Health Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, January 2011 – May 2011
Instructed 50 undergraduate students on topics related to health psychology, wellness, and health behavior change; developed entire syllabus and selected undergraduate text for the course

PSY 3480 – Positive Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, August 2011 – December 2011
Instructed 50 undergraduate students on topics related to the scientific study of optimal human functioning; spearheaded the effort to develop the curriculum and introduce the course to the university

MCPY 640 – Research Design, Regis University, August 2011 – October 2011
Instructed 15 counseling graduate students on the basic elements of research design, prepared lectures and evaluated student research proposals

MCPY 620 – Abnormal Psychology, Regis University, October 2011 – December 2011
Instructed 15 counseling graduate students on a course that offers an in-depth examination of abnormal psychological development, theoretical approaches to understanding and assessing psychological problems, an introduction to DSM-IV diagnostic criteria, and an overview of treatment planning and therapeutic strategies

MCPY 635 – Counseling Techniques I, Regis University, January 2012 – May 2012
Instructed counseling and marriage and family therapy students on a course that introduces graduate students to the psychotherapeutic and dynamics of the therapeutic relationship; supervised 7 graduate students during this initial skills course using live supervision techniques; prepared lectures and evaluated ongoing student progress 



Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

1. Hammond, L. & Pressgrove, C. (2005). Understanding young children’s career development: A review of Gottfredson’s theory and parental influence. Journal of Contemporary Counseling (publication of the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas), 22.

2. Shogren, K. A., Wehmeyer, M. L., Buchanan, C. L., & Lopez, S. J. (2006). The application of positive psychology and self-determination to research in intellectual disability: A content analysis of 30 years of literature. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 31, 338-345.

3. Shogren, K. A., Lopez, S. J., Wehmeyer, M. L., Little, T. D., & Pressgrove, C. L. (2006). The role of positive psychology constructs in predicting life satisfaction in adolescents with and without cognitive disabilities: An exploratory study. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 1, 37-52.

4. Daly, B. P., Buchanan, C., Dasch, K., Eichen, D., & Lenhart, C. (2010). Promoting school connectedness and engagement among urban adolescents of color: Reducing risk factors while promoting protective factors. The Prevention Researcher, 17, 18-20.

5. Valenzuela, J., Buchanan, C., Radcliffe, J., Ambrose, C., Hawkins, L. A., Tanney, M., & Rudy, B. J. (2011). Transition to adult services among behaviorally infected adolescents with HIV: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 134-140.

6. Buchanan, C., Daly, B. P., Taylor, L., Weist, M., & Wandersman, A. (2011). Expanding interdisciplinary collaboration in school mental health: The role of graduate programs. Report on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 11(3), 67-73.
Book Chapters
1. Lopez, S. J., Snyder, C. R., Magyar-Moe, J. L., Edwards, L. M., Pedrotti, J. T., Janowski, K., Turner J. L., & Pressgrove, C. (2004). Strategies for accentuating hope. In P. A. Linley & S. Joseph (Eds.). Positive Psychology in Practice (pp. 388 – 404). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

2. Daly. B. P., & Buchanan, C. (2011). Acquired immune deficiency syndrome. In S. Goldstein & J. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development (pp. 23-25). New York, NY: Springer.

3. Daly, B. P., Eichen. D., Bailer, B., Brown, R. T., & Buchanan, C. (2012). Central nervous system. In V.S. Ramachandran (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (2nd ed., pp. 454-459). Oxford: Elsevier.

4. Daly, B. P., Buchanan, C., Dasch, K., Eichen, D., & Lenhart, C. (2012). Prevention of conduct disorders: Do we have reason to be hopeful? In L. Vera (Ed.)., Handbook of Prevention Psychology (pp. 268-284). New York, NY: Oxford Press.

5. Buchanan, C. (2013). Psychosocial aspects: Transition to local care and scheduled follow-up. In S. Goldfarb, C. Benden, S. Sweet, & J. K. Kirklin (Eds.). ISHLT Monograph Series: Pediatric Lung Transplanation (pp. 270-275). Birmingham, Alabama: UAB Printing.

6. Buchanan, C. & Lopez, S. (2013). Understanding hope in individuals with disabilities. In M. Wehmeyer (Ed.)., The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Disability (pp. 154-1650. New York, NY: Oxford Press.