• Scholarly Focus

  • I am a Professor of Social Work in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. I develop and adapt interventions to empower young people and prevent adverse outcomes. Most of my work partners with young people experiencing homelessness - a group that experiences a great deal of adversity but demonstrates resilience and resistance in the face of this risk. I partner with colleagues and community partners nationally to conduct 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. I am also 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. I prioritize disseminating my work via peer-reviewed journals, earning me the university-wide Distinguished Scholar Award as well as translating our findings in more accessible blogs, briefs and public formats, earning me a Public Impact Fellowship. I am passionate about research that benefits the communities I study with directly and am fortunate to have been designated Public Good Faculty of the Year at my university. I enjoy conducting research in collaboration with community partners and stellar graduate students and am honored to have been awarded 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, I serve as Associate Dean of Doctoral Education and teach courses in mental health intervention with youth and research methods.

  • Belonging: A Fundamental Human Need

  • Finding a sense of purpose

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Kimberly Bender CV_Feb 2019.doc

  • Publications

  • Capacity for Survival: Exploring Strengths of Homeless Street Youth

  • Risk Detection and Self-Protection among Homeless Youth

  • Mindfulness-based Intervention with Homeless Youth

This portfolio last updated: 22-Feb-2019 9:41 AM