Kimberly Bender

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    • Kimberly Bender, Ph.D. is a Professor of Social Work in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Her area of expertise is development and adaptation of interventions to empower young people and prevent problem behavior. A majority of her work has narrowed in on psychosocial interventions for homeless youth. She has conducted a five-state multi-site research project with youth experiencing homelessness through shelter, drop-in, and transitional housing services to better understand risk and protective factors in this population. She serves as principle investigator on a 3-year randomized trial of a mindfulness-based cognitive intervention to prevent victimization and substance among youth residing in emergency shelter  funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Bender has published extensively in the areas of substance use, trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, and broader mental health concerns experienced by homeless youth, earning her the university-wide Distinguished Scholar Award in 2015. In 2014, she was designated Public Good Faculty of the Year in acknowledgement of outstanding commitment to the public good through community-engaged research. Dr. Bender prioritizes training students as research team members on her community-engaged research projects and has been recognized with several student-nominated awards, including the Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students Award in 2013 and again in 2015 and the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. At, GSSW, Dr. Bender teaches courses in mental health intervention with youth and research methods.


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