• Professional Resume

  • Education

    • Juris Doctor: University of Denver, projected graduation date 2023
    • Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology: University of Denver, 2016
    • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, emphasis in Criminology: Colorado Mesa University, 2006

    Specialized Qualifications
    • Contributing author to Justice-Involved Individuals and Traumatic Brain Injury: Recommendations for Empirically-Validated Treatment Interventions Across Various Settings
    • Over 10 years experience working within the Criminal Justice field
    • Demonstrated detail orientation through report writing for Judges, District Attorneys, and Public Defenders
    • Specialized training with Jefferson Center for Mental Health

     Work Experience

    Clark County Public Defender's Office, Las Vegas, NV                                             Mitigation Specialist    Feb. 2019-Jul. 2020

    • Conducted criminal investigation for capital and non-capital homicide cases
    • Prepared comprehensive bio-psychosocial historys of clients through interviewing and record gathering
    • Cordinated expert witnesses for consultation and testimony, including scheduling travel arrangements, meetings with the defense team, meetings and evaluations with the client, etc.
    • Provided information and education to attorneys regarding developmental disabilities, mental health, and substance abuse issues

    Jefferson County Justice Services, Golden, CO                                                                                                                   

                   Pretrial Officer      Apr. 2010-Sep. 2013, Aug. 2014-Jun. 2016
    • Interviewed and communicate with defendants who are booked into jail
    • Comprised a report recommending bond to the Judge, District Attorney, and Public Defender
    • Conducted an exhaustive criminal history report on defendants
    • Informed family members of defendant’s status and verify defendant’s information
    • Began preliminary paperwork for defendant to be put under supervision of a case manager
    • Attended Advisement Hearings and communicate Court ordered Bond Conditions to defendants

                     Pretrial Case Manager     Apr. 2014-Aug. 2014
    • Completed intake interview and explain Court ordered Bond Conditions
    • Managed defendant’s compliance with Court ordered Bond Conditions for pending Criminal cases
    • Supervised defendant’s behavior on Electronic Substance Abuse Monitoring
    • Performed on-call duties for defendant’s ordered to GPS Electronic Monitoring
    • Appeared before the Court to recommend Bond revocations and modifications

    Intervention Community Correction Services, Lakewood, CO                               Security Shift Lead     Jan. 2008-Dec. 2009

    • Supervised and manage the Graveyard Security Staff
    • Provided services to and manage behavior of ICCS clients and residents
    • Performed audits of Security Staff responsibilities

    Shelterwood, Westminster, CO                                                              Residential Child Care Facility Worker    Jun. 2006-Aug. 2007

    • Mentored at-risk teenagers
    • Organized activities
    • Managed highly stressful situations


  • Internship

    Porter Adventist Hospital: Emergency Room Psychiatric Department, Denver, CO    Jun. 2015-May 2016

    • Perform Mental Health Evaluations to determine a patient's level of safety to self and others
    • Recommend patients to In-Patient Treatment, Out-Patient Treatment, and Community Resources as appropriate
    • Compile written reports to be distrubuted and reviewd by medical personnel and psychiatrists 
  • Research
    • Gowensmith, W.N., Metroz, H., & Bratcher, J. (2016, March). The impact of timing on competency to stand trial evaluations. Paper presentation accepted for the 2016 annual meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Gowensmith, W.N., Metroz, H., & Bratcher, J. (2016, January). The impact of timing on competency to stand trail evaluations. Paper presentation accepted for the 2016 University of Denver Research Summit, Denver, Colorado.
  • Professional References

  • Neil Gowensmith, Director Denver FIRST

    Former professor




    Lavita Nadkarni, Associate Dean

    Former professor




    Eli Bueno, Security Supervisor

    Former supervisor




    Josh Montoya, Denver Human Services Case Manager

    Former co-worker




    Samantha Menard, Pretrial Officer

    Former co-worker



  • Contributing Authorship

  • The Impact of Timing on Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations

    Gowensmith, W. N., Metroz, H.M., & Bratcher, J.D. (2016, March). The impact of timing on competency to stand trial evaluations. Paper presentation accepted for the 2016 annual meeting of the American Psychology – Law Society, Atlanta, Georgia.

    Gowensmith, W. N., Bratcher, J.D., & Metroz, H.M. (2016, January). The impact of timing on competency to stand trial evaluations. Paper presentation submitted for the 2016 University of Denver Research Summit, Denver, CO. 

  • Ethnographic Analysis of Harare, Khayelitsha, and the Republic of South Africa

  • Law Enforcement Survival Tactics Training Proposal

  • Justice-Involved Individuals and TBI

    Article featured in the Denver Post:


  • TBI team.jpg
    TBI team.jpg

This portfolio last updated: 09-Mar-2021 6:17 PM