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Jennifer Capps


Children/Youth Issues, Criminal Justice/Criminology, Gang Violence, Racial Issues/Hate Crime


Juvenile justice, Mental health, Gangs

Degree: Ph.D.

Title: Dean - School of Professional Studies

Department: Criminal Justice and Criminology


Office Phone: 303-615-1439


Jenn Capps leads the dynamic College of Professional Studies, which prepares nearly 6,000 students for work and postgraduate degrees in several strategic-priority areas, including health; STEM fields; hospitality; criminal justice and criminology; and journalism and technical communications. Capps is also an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology with expertise in high-risk juvenile offenders and most recently served as an expert witness for gang-involved juveniles serving sentences of life without parole.

Capps earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from George Mason University, her Master of Arts in counseling psychology at the University of Colorado Denver and her doctorate in counseling psychology with a focus in education and supervision from the University of Northern Colorado, and she is a licensed professional counselor. Prior to joining the University 10 years ago, she served as a leader in community-based collaborative programming aimed at improving community safety while reducing incarceration rates for the highest-risk youth in Colorado. She also worked extensively in the areas of psychiatric evaluation and trauma response and was part of teams that responded to events such as the Columbine school shooting and the Aurora theater shooting.


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