Ashley Catanyag is a full-time student at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She is pursuing a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology. She currently interns at Correctional Psychology Associates. She works with the Mental Health Team at the Jefferson County Detention Facility. She conducts mental health assessments with incarcerated individuals in which she assesses for major mental illness, suicide/homicide risk, and need for psychotropic medication.
In addition to her field placement work, Ashley is on a research team with University of Denver's Institute for Human-Animal Connection where she studies the effects of animal- and horticultural-based interventions in complex treatment and special education settings. She also works part-time at the University of Denver Library's Research Center and volunteers as a Crisis Counselor with the Crisis Text Line, a global non-profit organization that provides a free mental health texting service.
Ashley is particularly interested in crisis intervention, forensic immigration evaluations, and victim advocacy. From taking calls on her local crisis hotline to providing need-based legal support to victims of crime, Ashley hopes to foster meaningful, healing relationships with people from all walks of life. During her graduate career, she seeks to gain firsthand experience working in culturally diverse and specialized settings.