Executive Council Members

Sally McGregor – Chair

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Sally received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Arizona State University in 2012. She went on to receive her Masters of Counseling from Arizona State University in 2016, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver. Following serving as COPAGS Programming chair last year, Sally is thrilled to be continuing on as a board member. Her professional interests include trauma, complex trauma, issues surrounding navigating early adulthood, and issues surrounding identity development. Sally is also passionate about working with expatriates, third culture kids, adult third culture kids, and global nomads.

Klarissa Garcia Orellana- Chair-Elect

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Klarissa is an international third-year PsyD student at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP). Klarissa was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the U.S. to pursue her education. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The George Washington University, as well as a minor in Sociology. Her interests are in Latino Psychology and Health Psychology, particularly Perinatal Mental Health. Currently, Klarissa is on the Latino Psychology Specialty Program at GSPP. As COPAGS Diversity Chair, Klarissa hopes and provide education to students and providers in order to increase their abilities to provide appropriate mental health services to diverse populations. Moreover, she wishes to raise awareness on important diversity issues that occur in the mental health field.

Christy Woods- Academic/Research Chair

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Christy is a fourth-year doctoral student in the University of Northern Colorado’s Counseling Psychology PhD program. She is a Colorado native who received her BA in Counseling Psychology from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Her research interests are in supervision and training, diversity allyship, and self-care among mental health professionals. She has a  clinical interest in adolescents and emerging adults and finds great fulfillment in working with families. Christy hopes to build a stronger community of researchers in Colorado graduate programs through research collaboration, online and face-to-face brainstroming, and resource sharing.

Alex Littleton- Programming Chair

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Alex is a third year PsyD student at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He received his Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from DU. His professional interest include veterans and community mental health, and he is currently a practicum student in the substance use department of the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Colorado Springs. As Programming Chair, he plans to create unique networking and learning opportunities for students and mental health professionals in the greater Denver area.

Neilou Heidari – Diversity Chair

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Neilou is the COPAGS Diversity Chair for the 2018-2019 academic year. She is a third-year PsyD student at University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She is a California native who received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s training in Psychological Research from California State University, Long Beach. Neilou’s clinical interests include working with underserved populations, women’s health, integrated care, and chronic/ terminal illness. She is excited to serve the graduate student body and to collaborate with SAMD to address diversity issues related to research, assessment, supervision, and practice. 

Carly Knauf– Advocacy Chair

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Carly is the Advocacy Chair for COPAGS. She is a 3rd year graduate student at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology PsyD program. Before moving to Colorado, Carly received her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University (Go Green!) where her focus included working with addiction, chronic pain, and developmental disabilities. More recently, Carly has expanded her clinical experience to include couples, and families. Carly hopes to focus her efforts on supporting her peers towards becoming more active, knowledgeable and involved in opportunities within the field of psychology. Her other interests include hiking with her Great Pyrenees, live music, and pancakes

Leigh Kunkle – Communications Chair

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Leigh is a fourth-year PsyD student at University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She is a Chicago native who received her undergraduate education at Saint Louis University, where she earned bachelor degrees in Psychology and French. Her professional interests lie in health psychology, specifically working with cancer patients and family caregivers. Leigh is currently a student extern at Denver Health Intensive Outpatient Clinic. Her outside interests include hiking, spending time with her puppy and watching the Cubs. She hopes to raise awareness and engagement with both fellow members and the community at large.

 

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