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Gail Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D.
Executive Director  


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Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Office Number:
651

Campus Box Number:
5


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Dr. Bruce-Sanford is Executive Director at the Center, and a Licensed Staff Psychologist. She has an M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Howard University. Her professional background includes conducting both individual and group psychotherapy with counseling center populations, community mental health, as well as academic teaching at both small and large institutions. Her areas of interest and expertise include diversity programming, group work,ethics, supervision, working with biracial/multiracial students, peer education, women's issues, crisis management, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, veterans, relationship issues, and helping non-traditional students get back on track. Her psychotherapeutic work is informed by psychodynamic, systems, and multicultural perspectives.



Jody Beardsley, B.A.
Administrative Assistant


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Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Office Number:
651

Campus Box Number:
5


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Jody Beardsley is the Administrative Assistant at the Center. She is a native of Colorado and received her B.A. in Psychology from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Because she is an alumnus, this increases her ability to support students with resources offered to them within the university. Her professional background includes working in various MSU Denver departments, and numerous years working with diverse clientele. Her interests include working with students to ensure all MSU Denver students are connected with the support and knowledge of resources available to them. She enjoys providing support to the Counseling Center Staff and a welcoming environment for clients into the Center.



Ray Gornell, Psy.D
Staff Psychologist


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Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Office Number:
651

Campus Box Number:
5


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Dr. Gornell is a Staff Psychologist at the Counseling Center.  He holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Colorado and is also Board Certified in Clinical Psychology.  He is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Practicing as a psychologist since 1996 Dr. Gornell has worked with children, adolescents and adults who present with a variety of concerns. His professional experience includes working in community mental health and at a hospital based counseling center.  He has also taught as an adjunct instructor for doctoral programs in Illinois and Colorado. His areas of interest include mindfulness based approaches to therapy, men’s issues, anxiety and spirituality and therapy.



Jeanne Burkhart, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist


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Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Office Number:
651

Campus Box Number:
5


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Dr. Burkhart is a Staff Psychologist at the Counseling Center. She received her master's degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and her Ph.D. from Kent State University in Ohio. She has experience in both university counseling centers and in mental health agencies. She has worked with individuals of all ages, but has a special interest in working with persons dealing with the developmental issues encountered in college. Other areas of interest include women's issues, LGBTQ issues, trauma, and psychotherapy supervision.



Monica Smith-Acuña, M.A.
Practicum Student


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Position Role:
Part-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Office Number:
651

Campus Box Number:
5


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Monica is a student extern from the University of Denver. She was raised in Colorado and earned her Bachelors from the George Washington University. She earned her Masters in clinical psychology from the University of Denver and is in the process of earning her Doctorate. Her previous experience includes working at a high school, a community mental health clinic and an employee assistance program. She draws from a primarily psychodynamic lens and also integrates systems theory. Her interests include working with multicultural backgrounds, LGBTQ issues, and improving interpersonal relationships in individual, couples and group therapy.  Monica is supervised by Anne Edwards, Psy.D.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Michael Malmon, Ph.D. 
Senior Staff Psychologist


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Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Office Number:
651

Campus Box Number:
5


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Dr. Malmon is a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Center.  He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles.  He has experience in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, and has over twenty years of experience working in college/university mental health.  He specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression.  His other areas of professional interest and expertise include working with diverse populations, crisis management, relationship issues, stress management, and sex addiction.



Vicky Tuakoi, Psy.D.
Staff Psychotherapist


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Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Office Number:
651

Campus Box Number:
5


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Dr. Tuakoi earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Rockies (UoR) in Colorado Springs, formerly known as the Colorado School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship at the Sol Vista Youth Correctional Facility and worked at the Colorado State Penitentiary and Denver Women’s Correctional Facility shortly thereafter. Dr. Tuakoi worked with the mentally ill incarcerated population at aforementioned facilities. She then worked with the mentally ill population at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo; she worked primarily with the population found Incompetent to Proceed per criminal charges incurred. More recently, she worked with the Intellectually and Developmentally Delayed population at the Pueblo Regional Center. She is a strong generalist who works with a variety of clinical issues.



Lori Gardner, M.A.
Practicum Student


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Position Role:
Student Employee

Office Location:
TV

Office Number:
651

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Campus Box Number:
5


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Lori is a graduate student therapist at the Counseling Center.  She was born and raised in Colorado and earned her BA from CU Boulder.  She received her MA in clinical psychology from the University of Denver, where she is currently working towards her doctoral degree.  Lori has previous experience working in managed-care and academic integrated primary care settings, community mental health clinics, an employee assistance program, a hospice, and a community-based grief program for children and adolescents.  Her professional interests include health psychology, life transitions, identity and meaning exploration, relationship issues, and grief and loss. Lori is supervised by Michael Malmon, Ph.D.



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Anne Edwards, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist


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Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Campus Box Number:
5


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Dr. Edwards is a Staff Psychologist at the Counseling Center. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Edwards has committed herself to working in settings that provide care to underserved communities, including medical centers and educational institutions. Prior to joining the Counseling Center staff at MSU Denver, Dr. Edwards oversaw the clinical services offered to students enrolled at a community college in Chicago. During her 5-year tenure in that position, she supervised doctoral-level graduate interns completing their diagnostic and therapy practicum at the center. Dr. Edwards’s areas of professional interest include first generation students, acculturation, interpersonal violence, supervision of graduate students, and psychoeducational evaluations.



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Katherine Schoech, Ph.D.
Licensed Staff Psychotherapist


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Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Campus Box Number:
5


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Dr. Schoech earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Walden University. She received her Master’s degree from Regis University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Dr. Schoech’s primary tenure was with Rocky Mountain Human Services (formerly Denver Options) providing therapy and neuropsychological testing for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. She also worked part-time with a small clinic providing substance abuse, domestic violence and anger management therapy to people coming out of the prison or probation system. Dr. Schoech’s areas of professional interest include treatment for trauma and PTSD, substance abuse, woman’s issues, ADHD, and personality disorders. She is trained in EMDR and Brain Spotting.

 

 



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Kathryn McGuire, M.A.
Practicum Student


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Position Role:
Part-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Campus Box Number:
5


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Kate is currently a student at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, currently working on completing her Psy.D. Kate’s areas of interest and training background are in trauma, treatment of severe and persistent mental illness, community mental health, and behavioral health intervention in primary care settings.She is supervised by Jeanne Burkhart, Ph.D.

 

 



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Caela Day, Psy.D.
Staff Psychotherapist


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Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Campus Box Number:
5


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Dr. Day received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. She completed her doctoral internship at California State University, Long Beach and postdoctoral fellowship at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Day’s clinical interests include trauma, identity development, multicultural counseling, first-generation college students, adoptees and former foster youth, family of origin issues, and relationship concerns. Dr. Day’s approach to therapy is rooted in attachment, person-centered, multicultural, and trauma-informed frameworks. She is supervised by Dr. Ray Gornell.



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Office Number:
651

Phone Number:
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