Welcoming a New Team Member!

One of the best parts of fall — beyond even this year’s amazing leaves — is welcoming new members to our team.

This fall, I’m delighted to welcome Courtney McCrimmon, a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Psychology’s clinical program. Courtney joins returning graduate team members Maria-Ernestina Christl, Kim-Chi Pham, Adi Rosenthal, and Becky Suzuki.

As is our team’s tradition, we invite you to get to know Courtney through the following brief Q&A!

Q: Welcome to the TSS Group. Tell us about yourself, please!

Courtney McCrimmon, TSS Group Member

Hey, I’m Courtney. I am a Washington, D.C. native, but excited to be in Denver to develop my professional career. I graduated from Hampton University (Psychology, BA) and Marymount University (Forensic & Legal Psychology, MA). For the last two years, I have worked with the National Science Foundation as a researcher focusing on culturally responsive evaluation and a case manager for an anti-trafficking non-profit supporting youth and adult survivors. I am a dissectologist and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. I also enjoy traveling, visiting museums, listening to music, and spending time with my family and friends. 

Q: As a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program, what are your current research interests?

My research interests include sexual violence and trauma, human trafficking, sexual relationships, help-seeking behavior, and survivor-centered services. I’m interested in learning about these interests through the lens of culturally responsive practices for African Americans, trauma-informed services, intersectionality, and community engagement.

Q: What drew you to the TSS Group?

The values of the TSS Group are almost identical to the values of my research interests (i.e., community-engaged approaches guided by intersectional frames that recognize structural issues). I am also drawn to the group’s focus on mentorship and ethical research that addresses whose goals are prioritized, who is (and is not) involved, and the potential benefits and harms of said research.   

Q: What do you hope to accomplish as a member of the TSS Group?

As a member of the TSS Group, I hope to accomplish the goal of being a culturally responsive, survivor-centered researcher and practitioner that focuses on amplifying the voices of minority populations. I am most excited to connect with my labmates, receive mentorship from Dr. DePrince, and conduct meaningful research that impacts the community. 

Published by Anne P. DePrince, PhD

Author of "Every 90 Seconds: Our Common Cause Ending Violence Against Women" (Oxford University Press), Anne is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice Provost of Public Good Strategy and Research at the University of Denver. She directs the Traumatic Stress Studies Group.

4 thoughts on “Welcoming a New Team Member!

  1. Courtney your goals of helping those traumatized by the ills of human trafficking are needed, and I wish you well in your advancements and studies. Dissectologist rule. May your group, TSS, have many successes in your research.
    Kevin Cassell


    1. Courtney your work is needed trauma, human trafficking and sexual relationships. Continue to study and achieve. I know your group TSS are proud to have you. Keep up the good work.
      Your Mother
      Tracy McCrimmon


  2. Excited to see (our) Courtney extend her wings and fly to Denver with what looks like dream academic goals and passions met. You all have a good one, and we’re always here to support her and her achievements!
    Looking forward to hearing more aout the group and its work!


  3. Courtney, I am truly excited for you as you exercise your passion for research in the areas of sexual violence, trauma and human trafficking.
    As you develop and strengthen your skills in this very sensitive and fascinating field, may God give you the wisdom, knowledge, energy and compassion to aide others and to excell.
    I love you dearly,
    Auntie Pam


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