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Psychology Alum Karina Muro Helping Create a More Diverse Mental Health Workforce in Colorado

Sept. 8, 2022

Karina Muro, Psychology BA, 2021, didn’t see a lot of people who looked like her or had a similar background to her when she was growing up. Now living in the Denver metro area with her daughter and wife, Muro is chasing a goal to make the next Karina Muro...

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Alex Presciutti Weighs in on the Link Between Meditation and the Immune System

Jan. 20, 2022

Meditation done at an intense level may bring a significant boost to the inner workings of the human immune system. One expert not involved with the study said the findings, while unsurprising, are encouraging. "Many previous studies have discussed the positive associations of meditative practices on psychological and physical health,"...

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Mindfulness Research from Alexander Presciutti Finds it Helps After Cardiac Arrest

Nov. 10, 2021

Alexander Presciutti, PhD student in Clinical Health Psychology, said, “Although survival rates have improved, the physical, cognitive and psychological effects of surviving cardiac arrest may linger for years, signaling the need for both immediate and long-term care for survivors… We conducted this study to examine potential ways to prevent and...

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Good Work of Kristin Kilbourn and Her Graduate Students during the Pandemic Highlighted

April 1, 2021

Kristin Kilbourn, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at CU Denver, discusses partnership with Energize Colorado, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Coloradans recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Group sessions helping small business owners navigate the uncertainty of the pandemic 9 News , Mar 18

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Kevin Masters on the Difficulties in Studying Prayers’ Role in Health

July 22, 2020

Studying prayer is challenging for several reasons, according to Psychology Professor Kevin Masters. "Science is about testing observable relationships, processes and mechanisms," Masters said. "But almost by definition, prayer, as operationalized in these studies, invokes involvement of God or a higher being, something outside the boundaries of natural phenomenon, which...

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Amy Wachholtz Offers New Research into Spiritual Meditation

June 18, 2020

Some scientists who study prayer believe that people who pray benefit from a feeling of emotional support. Imagine carrying a backpack hour after hour. It will start to feel impossibly heavy. But if you can hand it off to someone else to hold for a while, it will feel lighter...

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Relationship Advice for Boundaries with Your Therapist from Mitch Handelsman

May 14, 2020

According to Psychology Professor Mitch Handelsman, sometimes clients ascribe power to the therapist that they shouldn’t. “It’s important for clients to understand what proper boundaries look like in therapy,” he said. “Just like in any professional relationship, the more you know in advance, the more you will get out of...

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Kevin Masters comments on “thoughts and prayers’” place in disasters

Sept. 25, 2019

Few gestures are given as freely as thoughts and prayers after a national tragedy. In 2006, Psychology Professor Kevin Masters and his colleagues analyzed the body of research on the effects of prayer on someone’s behalf. “This article raises an interesting point — some people, maybe, just don’t want your...

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The role of genetic and social factors in alcoholism, according to Amy Wachholtz

Aug. 13, 2019

Genetics make people more prone to alcohol addiction, but psycho-social factors — including life stressors, childhood abuse, early exposure to alcohol, anxiety and social acceptance — also play a role, says Amy Wachholtz, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Health Psychology Ph.D. program. A person’s genetics might...

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Masters on tipping in the digital age

Nov. 15, 2018

You've probably noticed new electronic payment screens when purchasing coffee or other items at a counter. With the new systems, do customers end up tipping more? "The basic idea is to make it very easy for you, very convenient for you, and create an expectation that this is a norm,"...