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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 enjoys incorporating guest speakers, current events, and the latest empirical findings into her course instruction as means of engaging students in the material. 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.