Kimberly Bender is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Social Work where she teaches courses in social work practice and research methods. Dr. Bender's research interests include development and adaptation of interventions to prevent adolescent problem behavior. She has published on such related topics as delinquency, teen pregnancy, and adolescent substance abuse and mental health. She is currently conducting research with homeless youth in metro Denver and with youth living in low-income housing developments, in an effort to understand the social-emotional needs of these populations and develop interventions to meet these needs.
GSSW Associate professor, Kimberly Bender, in collaboration with Anne DePrince, Professor in Clinical Psychology, received an R15 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The grant funds a randomized clinical trial of a mindfulness-based intervention to enhance homeless youths’ risk detection and problem solving skills in order to prevent experiences of victimization and substance use. This 3-year grant will involve students as research assistants conducting interviews with youth and as interns facilitating mindfulness groups. Contact Dr. Bender if you are interested in being involved!