MSU Denver

Clinical and Counseling Club


Our Mission

The mission of the Clinical + Counseling Club is to promote positive development in the field of clinical and counseling psychology and support pro-social mental health causes on our campus and the broader community. We wish to foster a feeling of community and social support in the club and encourage members to implement principles taught in clinical and counseling psychology to everyday life. We offer support and guidance on the process of selecting and applying to graduate programs. We have worked with organizations such as Project Angel Heart, Urban Peak, The Phoenix Center at Auraria, and MSU Denver’s own Counseling Center to create unique volunteer opportunities for our members. Each year, we submit academic research on topics within mental health and counseling to be presented at the annual Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA) conference. Additionally, we host club events such as film and game nights and social dinners to foster a community among our club members.

Come get involved and grow with us! Contact Dr. Smith for the current semester meeting times.

Dr. Randi Smith

Dr. Smith teaches in the clinical and counseling area, including such classes as Introduction to Clinical & Counseling Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Psychological Assessment, Psychology of Sexuality, and Internship.

Her research interests include student homelessness/housing insecurity, professional ethics, service-learning, and human sexuality.


Psi Chi


Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology

The mission of the MSU Denver chapter of Psi Chi is to recognize outstanding academic excellence in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies students. As a member of the International Honors Society of Psi Chi, you are entitled to Psi Chi publications, and to apply for Psi Chi grants and scholarships.

As a Psi Chi chapter, we aim to create opportunities for Psychology and HDFS students to interact with each other and faculty by hosting events that are educational, service oriented, or social in nature.

There is a formal Induction Ceremony every spring where new Psi Chi members and their families are invited to a dinner and ceremony recognizing their achievement being accepted into this honors society.

Membership Requirements:

  • 3.2 G.P.A. for both Psychology/HDFS majors and overall
  • 9 credit residency hours recorded at MSU Denver
  • Psychology or HFDS Major or Minor
  • $55.00 one-time, life-time membership fee that goes to the national Psi Chi dues. Limited scholarships are available to waive dues.

Dr. Lisa Hagan

Dr. Hagan teaches in the developmental area, including such classes as Child Development, Cognitive Development and Learning, Developmental Research Methods, Psychology of Human Development, Introductory Psychology, Infancy

Her research focus is on Pedogogy within Higher Education, Constructivism, Children’s Risk Taking.

Dr. Jovan Hernandez

Dr. Jovan Hernandez

Dr. Hernandez teaches in the clinical and counseling area, including such classes as Theories of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, and Advanced Research Methods.

His research focuses on discrimination towards military veterans.

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Research Club


The MSU Denver Psychology Research Club provides students the opportunity to get hands-on experience planning, conducting, and presenting research – including:

  1. Deciding on a research question.
  2. Literature searches.
  3. How to design a scientific experiment.
  4. How to write a study proposal.
  5. How to submit a proposal to the Internal Review Board for human subjects approval.
  6. Data collection.
  7. Data analysis.
  8. Writing an abstract for presentation at a conference.
  9. Presenting research via posters and presentations.
  10. Submitting an article to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.

Dr. Cynthia Erickson

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests range from social issues such as multicultural psychology to cellular and molecular neurobiology. I am particularly interested in helping students develop strategies for learning complex and difficult concepts regardless of the specific topic.


One of the brain’s most fascinating abilities is the capacity to quickly and accurately identify previously seen visual images. The ease with which we store and recognize pictures relative to words has been known for over a century. The neural underpinnings of this ability are less well known. Most of my research involves studying how the brain changes with learning and subsequently how the aging process alters this ability.


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