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Cindy Buchanan, PhD

Assistant Professor

Contact Info:

Gary Pavilion, 4th Floor

Children's Hospital Colorado

Email: Dr. Buchanan

Clinical/Research Interests:
Dr. Buchanan is Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Surgery.


Secondary appointmentSurgery

Baker University, Baldwin City, KS, 1998-2002 - BS with Honors

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2002-2004 - MS, Counseling Psychology

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2002-2008 - PhD, Counseling Psychology​​​​

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


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.