Athena Baca-Chieza

Dr. Baca-Chieza head shot
Associate Professor, Clinical Teaching Track • Director, Psychology Clinic • Coordinator of Clinical Training
Clinical Health Psychology

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology 
Campus Box 173, PO Box 173364 
Denver, CO 80217-3364


Expertise Areas:

Health psychology, Psychosocial Oncology, Psychology Training, Consulting Psychology/Leadership Development

B.A. (Psychology):  The University of the Incarnate Word

M.A. (Psychology):  The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

PsyD (Health Psychology):  The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology Residency: Brooke Army Medical Center (Department of Defense)

Medical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center/Rocky Mountain Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

Doctorate in clinical health psychology with expertise in oncology, primary care, pain management, endocrinology, and neuropsychology.  Completed a postdoctoral fellowship in bone marrow transplant in 2007. Has worked in private and public healthcare systems, including the VA for over 20 years. Served as Clinical Training Director at a large, integrated care public health system for 6 years, and has extensive experience providing care to underserved and marginalized patient populations. Has also been involved with clinical training of psychology students in multidisciplinary settings throughout her career. Dr. Baca-Chieza is bicultural and fluently bilingual in English and Spanish. Active in state leadership, advocacy, and policy on behalf of psychologists and Coloradans, she served as the former Diversity Representative and Past President of the Colorado Psychology Association and Federal Advocacy Coordinator for the American Psychological Association for the State of Colorado.  

Psychotherapy I

Psychotherapy II

Advanced Psychotherapy Seminar