Our courses are scheduled on a two year rotating basis. We strive to select instructors who are strong scholars and have practical experience in the field. Every attempt is made to include diverse perspectives, disciplines, areas of focus and the voices of marginalized communities on the teaching team.




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AnnJanette is a full professor in the departments of psychology and women’s studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver. She was the former director for the Institute for Women’s Studies and Services between 2006 and 2009, and has been at Metro State since 1996.

Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Michigan State University and NIH-supported postdoctoral work in psychology and medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Her health psychology expertise has focused on local and global multicultural issues, including reproductive health access for low-income populations, and comprehensive health services for victims of human trafficking.

Over the years, she has taught many courses for both the psychology and women's studies departments, including:

  • Psychology of Women
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Women’s Health Issues
  • Women of Color
  • Human Trafficking
  • Psychology of Human Development, Child Psychology, Adulthood and Aging, Cross Cultural Psychology, Social Justice, Self and Citizenship and Health Psychology.

Her teaching is often described as multiculturally-sensitive and globally-aware.




MaryBeth Carter

Marybeth has served as the president and/or executive director of numerous organizations addressing and preventing sexual and domestic violence:

  • The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence/Foundation to End Sexual Violence
  • The National Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • The Colorado Domestic Violence Coalition
  • The Rape Crisis Center of Contra Costa/Marin in California (now Community Violence Solutions)
  • The YWCA of Glendale, California (DV Shelter Program)
  • The Self Help Center, a rural-based domestic violence and sexual assault agency in Casper, Wyoming

She currently has a psychotherapy practice based in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California and is President/CEO of Changetending, Inc., a consulting firm that supports nonprofits through change. Concurrently, she serves as a teaching affiliate at the University of Colorado at Denver and the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California. Marybeth has a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in depth psychology.




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Barbara received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2004. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and has experience as a researcher, author, professor, and international speaker and trainer.

Barbara has been a clinician for over 20 years and has extensive experience working with trauma reduction, addiction, codependency and relational violence. She has designed and facilitated several post-graduate training programs for therapists and coaches.

Barbara is certified in EMDR and Emotional Intelligence with the Institute of Social and Emotional Intelligence. She has several publications in the field of aging as well as forgiveness and codependency. Barbara is passionate about the ongoing transformational process of personal growth and social change.




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Sue has dedicated her nursing career to social justice as a nurse educator, nurse practitioner, philanthropist, filmmaker and activist. Sue practiced child and emergency psychiatric nursing before becoming a nurse practitioner in 1982. She guided the establishment of the first comprehensive school-based health center in Massachusetts.

Sue taught nursing at Simmons College and the University of Colorado, and established numerous pioneering faculty practices serving vulnerable populations. Through these practices and her career as a nurse educator and nurse practitioner, she mentored nursing students in social-justice-informed practice and research. Sue is active on the Leadership Council of the Center on Domestic Violence and started the first shelter-based health clinic in Colorado.

As a documentary filmmaker (, Sue has produced more than 20 films focused on nursing and social justice.

Her documentaries include:

  • Films advocating for advanced practice nurses in Colorado and Florida
  • The life and career of Loretta Ford
  • A portrait of an 85-year-old island nurse, a multi-site description of forensic nursing
  • The story of nurse anesthetists in Colorado
  • A history of the University of Colorado College of Nursing
  • A 10-video innovative curriculum for the Nurse Family Partnership
  • A feature documentary for PBS about a hate crime on Long Island (Deputized)

She is currently working on a film about Peace Activist Father Daniel Berrigan. Sue has been active in movements of the 1960’s to present, including the anti-war, anti-imperialist, economic equity and women’s movements.




Johanna Moya Fabrega

Johanna works for the Texas Council on Family Violence, developing and implementing curricula for leaders of domestic violence and sexual assault programs throughout the state of Texas. She also serves as the coalition’s spokeswoman, representing them on Spanish-language radio and television networks.

Her academic background rooted in history, Johanna has focused her research on the evolution of gender identities and revolutions in 20th Century Latin America and the Caribbean.

She has conducted oral history projects in both Canada and Cuba, examining the participation and leadership of women in the 1959 Cuban Revolution and its impact on masculinities. In addition to her current role, she enjoys teaching courses on issues of gender, race and class from a historical perspective and addressing these issues through advocacy in local organizations.




Julie Kunce Field

Julie was appointed to the 8th Judicial District Court bench on January 11, 2011. Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Field served as a mediator and an acclaimed national trainer on family law, litigation and mediation issues; she was the founder and Executive Director of the Confidentiality Institute.

She has also served as a law professor and law clinic director at the University of Michigan, Washburn Law School and the University of Denver College of Law. Before her teaching career, she was in private practice with the firm Nutter, McClennen and Fish in Boston, Massachusetts.

Julie received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985 and received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1982.




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Juley has been working in the violence against women field for 20 years. She founded and managed the Washington, DC offices of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Break the Cycle – a nonprofit organization providing tools and resources to prevent and end dating abuse among young people ages 12 to 24. In both cases, she built the offices into multi-departmental structures conducting a wide variety of activities including policy and best practices development, grassroots outreach, lobbying strategy, training and technical assistance, direct legal services, community education, website and products development, social media and events planning.

A central aspect of the work throughout her career has been building coalitions and collaborative relationships with diverse range of organizations, business leaders and legislators on the national, state and local level in order to create systems change.

A member of the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women (Task Force), Juley has chaired or co-chaired a number of committees within the Task Force, including:

  • The college campus committee
  • Children & youth committee
  • LGBTQ committee
  • Underserved populations committee
  • The legislative drafting committee for the Violence Against Women Act reauthorizations of the bill in 2000, 2005 and 2013.

Juley has been invited to serve on a number of think tanks and working groups including the development of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the HHS initiative on dating violence among runaway and homeless youth, and the Ford Foundation’s think tank on Domestic Violence in Communities of Color.

Extensively published, she currently serves on the Editorial Board of Sexual Assault Report as well as the Board of Advisors for Domestic Violence Report. Juley serves as a part-time faculty member of the Women & Politics Institute of American University where she teaches “The Politics of Violence Against Women” and the Women & Gender Studies Department at Georgetown University where she teaches “Sexual Politics” and “The Psychology of Gender”. Dr. Fulcher graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to law school, she received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Johns Hopkins University.




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Angela is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland.

Her research interests include policy relevant family violence issues, violence against women, gender and crime and evaluation research.

Some of her published work has appeared in Violence and Victims, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Criminology and Public Policy, Justice Quarterly and Women & Criminal Justice.

Angela recently completed two funded research projects: “The Impact of Proactive Enforcement of No-Contact Orders on Victim Safety and Repeat Victimization” (funded by the Department of Justice) and “Utilizing Evidence-Based Practices to Implement Differentiated Treatment for Domestic Violence Offenders in Colorado” (funded by the Colorado Department of Public Safety).

Her current projects include: “The Effectiveness of Coordinated Outreach in Intimate Partner Violence Cases: A Randomized, Longitudinal Design” (funded by the Department of Justice) and the “Campus Crime and Safety Project” (funded by UCD’s Center for Faculty Development).




Tonya Lovelace, MA, is a global intersectional leader with 35-years of experience as a community organizer and movement maker, with 25 of those years spent working to end violence against all genders and communities. Tonya is the President & CEO of Lovelace Consulting Services, Inc., an independent consulting firm that provides high-level consulting, needs assessment, facilitation, coaching, technical assistance, and training to individuals, organizations, and systems seeking social, political, and professional transformation. 

Tonya holds a Bachelor of Philosophy from Miami University of Ohio, a Master of Arts in Women Studies, and a Master of Arts in Black Studies, both from The Ohio State University. Tonya is also currently a Lecturer at the University of Colorado Denver under the Program on Gender Violence/Center on Domestic Violence and has taught Women's Studies and Black Studies courses as an Adjunct Faculty at both of her alma maters as well as Central State University and Wright State University.





Vicki Lutz

For most of Victoria’s 37-year legal career she has worked to end sexual and domestic violence. Currently, she provides domestic violence expert consultation and testimony in domestic and criminal cases throughout Colorado. She is admitted to the Colorado and New York bars and has been endorsed and qualified as an expert in many federal and state courts.

Victoria performs annual grant review for the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and is presently teaching “Interpersonal Violence Law and Public Policy” at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs.

She was the executive director of Colorado’s Crossroads Safehouse from 2004 to 2012. In the decade prior to 2004, she held the same title at New York’s Pace Women’s Justice Center. She has been a law professor and has handled civil and criminal cases ranging from harassment to homicide.

In addition to training thousands of people on gender-based violence issues in America, Canada and Africa, she has authored more than 15 articles and chapters in books. She was on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) for eight years, and is the recipient of many honors. Under a 2012-2014 Colorado University grant, she was a statewide consultant for domestic violence programs.




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Jan is currently a manager with the Colorado Department of Human Services. She has been involved in domestic violence prevention and intervention for more than 30 years. 

For eight years, she was the executive director of the Colorado Domestic Violence Coalition (now Violence Free Colorado).

She has taught courses in domestic violence and criminal justice at the University of Colorado, Denver, Metropolitan State University and other institutions of higher education across the country. She has authored numerous domestic violence works, including training manuals for health care providers and lawyers. 




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Erin holds Master’s degrees in Africana Studies and Domestic Violence, as well as certifications in addictions and traumatic stress studies.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • The intersections of trauma and addictions
  • Sexual & domestic violence in LGBQ/T communities
  • The needs of Haredi survivors of violence & abuse

She has consulted and/or trained for the Department of Justice, the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, amongst others.

She has been adjunct faculty in Forensic Nursing at Boston College, and continues to teach at the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver. Currently, Ms. Miller serves on the project management teams of the National SANE TeleNursing Center and the LGBTQ Trauma Informed Care Project out of the US Administration for Children and Families. She also has the privilege of serving as the Equity, Inclusion and Abuse Prevention Officer at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, providing services to patients, staff and the surrounding community.




Erin E Miller

Erin is the Vice President of External Programs and Training at Rosie’s Place in Boston, MA where she is responsible for Outreach programming and Community Collaboratives at Franklin Field, Boston Public Schools and Trial Courts.

She is recognized statewide as a domestic violence trainer and is frequently called upon to conduct trainings such as:

  • “Domestic Violence 101”
  • “Danger Assessment and Safety Planning”
  • “Collaborating Across Systems”
  • “Domestic Violence and Social Change”

She also teaches an 8-week, domestic violence class with women incarcerated at the Suffolk County House of Corrections.

Previously, she worked in Arizona, Washington state and Massachusetts, bringing a diversity of experience and a wide perspective to her work. She also brings specialized skills and interest in outcome evaluation, impact of domestic violence on children, court-based advocacy and social change as a means to end violence.

Erin holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, with a focus on Domestic Violence from the University of Colorado, Denver and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Arizona State University.




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Barbara is a family practice specialist in Golden, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine And Dentistry in 1979 with over 40 years of diverse experience focused on Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine and Men’s Health.

As a physician with Kaiser Permanente (KP) in the mid-2000s, Barbara established the first health clinic to be founded on site at a domestic violence shelter facility in Colorado. The clinic was staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses from KP and continues operations today.




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Terri is an educator, clinician, and consultant who focuses her work on creating cross-sector clinical and programmatic responses to sexual assault and domestic violence.

She has devoted much of her career to addressing trauma and abuse of people with disabilities and in communities of color, and has been especially interested in enabling and broadening collaborations between victim service providers and providers who support people who have mental health, cognitive and learning disabilities.

Terri is an accomplished trainer with more than 15 years of experience crafting and delivering tailored trainings on working with victims of violent crimes who live with trauma and/or mental illness. Terri is a former board member of NCADV and has long-standing ties to the domestic violence movement.

A Senior Training Consultant at the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, Terri was formerly the Clinical Director of the Mental Retardation Residential and Support Division of ServiceNet, Inc, (a residential program in western Massachusetts serving adults with psychiatric and developmental disabilities) and was Program Director at Safe Horizon’s Partnership to Prevent Domestic Violence (an RWJ-funded project to engage primary care physicians and HMOs in addressing domestic violence).

She was a tenured professor in the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University in Illinois.

Her exceptional work to better the safety and health status of battered women was recognized by the Family Violence Prevention Fund with the first Health Care and Domestic Violence Advocate Leadership Award. Terri was a national consultant for the Zero to Three Early Head Start National Resource Center’s Infant Mental Health program. She was also appointed to the faculty of the National Academy for Equal Justice for Persons with Disabilities at Temple University.

She holds a B.A. in biology from Reed College, a Ph.D. in developmental psychopathology from the Division of Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University.

After earning her Ph.D., she went on to clinical neuropsychology post-doctoral study at the Fielding Institute. Terri is the author of a book that offers self-help skills to trauma survivors who have cognitive or developmental disabilities, and a companion volume for families and staff who are supporting survivors who face these challenges.




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Cathy is the Executive Director at the Center for Trauma and Resilience, previously known as The Denver Center for Crime Victims (DCCV) in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1987, this nonprofit agency is recognized as a national model whose mission is to provide crisis counseling, case management, and advocacy to victims of crime and also crime prevention education.

Cathy has been with the agency since its inception, including 10 years as the Program Director. In 2005, the agency was featured in an article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy: “Employee-Wellness Programs Pay Off in Productivity and Morale.” In 2002, the agency received a number of awards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr., Business Social Responsibility Award, the Colorado Parent Magazine Award for Best Companies for Working Families and the Hiawatha Davis Jr. Community Service Award.

Cathy earned her Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Denver and has over 30 years of experience working in crime victims’ programs. In addition, Cathy graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in June of 2001. 

Concurrent with her position at the Center for Trauma and Resilience, she has served as part-time faculty for Metropolitan State College of Denver.

She facilitates 32-week clinical support groups for African American survivors of sexual (and domestic) violence for the local rape crisis center. She has a wide array of interests, is a published author and holds memberships on local and national boards.




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Kathleen is currently the director of the Colorado Bar Association's Local Bar Relations and Access to Justice Department, where she focuses on issues of access to justice, especially access to the civil courts. 

She graduated from University of Oregon Law School in 1980 and is is a member of both the Colorado and Oregon bars. She provides support to the Access to Justice Commission and local bar associations. Kathleen has been a mediator since 1997.

Kathleen has written, spoken and taught nationally and internationally on many topics, including women and violence, mediation and family violence, and women and law. She volunteers as a domestic relations and protection order mediator in Jefferson and Denver counties.

Kathleen is the 2010 recipient of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence Sharon L. Corbitt Award for exemplary legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. She is the 2003 recipient of the Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Memorial Award from SafeHouse Denver for her inspiration and leadership to end domestic violence.




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Louise is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience (ret.) at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Her research interests include:

  • Childhood victimization
  • Child psychotherapy
  • Psychological trauma
  • Family violence
  • Women's mental health
  • Developmental
  • Clinical theory

She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1972.

Dr. Silvern was a founder of the Center on Domestic Violence, serving on the Assessment and Steering Committee from 1998 to 2000 and teaching in the program for many years following.




Kathryn has been working in the areas of crisis intervention and gender-based violence for the past 20 years. A social worker by training, she spent 13 years working directly with survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking. Now a social work professor at Ferris State University in Michigan as well as an adjunct at the University of Colorado, Denver, she loves teaching and translating her years of practice into learning experiences for students.

Kathryn obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University in 1997 and her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University in 1999.

She moved to Colorado in 2007 and completed a second Master’s in Domestic Violence Program Management at the University of Colorado, Denver in 2010. In 2016, she earned her Ph.D. in social work from Colorado State University.

Kathryn lives in Michigan with her miniature dachshund, Zoe, and enjoys reading and binge-watching shows on Netflix.