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Berger Fellowship

Berger Fellowship Information

Created in 1999 through the generosity of Wayne Berger, the Berger Fellowship is a full-time, two-year endowed, postdoctoral research fellowship designed to support the career development of professionals who want to become independent investigators in the field of child maltreatment and/or child welfare. Applicants typically come from social sciences or public health fields. Former fellows have gone on to faculty positions in academic departments, CDC, and private clinical practice.

Specific responsibilities will vary depending on the Fellow’s interests, skill set, and current projects and needs at the Kempe Center. In general, the Fellow is expected to assist and collaborate on projects and programs at the Center, engage in scholarly activities, and participate in coursework, workshops and seminars toward the development of an independent program of research. Supervised clinical experiences are also available if needed to complement the research training. Faculty and program mentors will work with the Fellow to design a curriculum of educational activities and specific set of expectations including instructional activities, scholarly products, and activities to support the Center. Center activities broadly include developing and testing new prevention and treatment programs, overseeing the implementation of established evidence-based programs, evaluating and diagnosing children who are suspected victims of abuse and neglect, training child welfare/protection professionals, analysis of existing datasets, and conducting studies that inform program development and public policy. Activities to support the development of publications and applications for external funding are supported and highly encouraged.

We will begin accepting applications in the Fall of 2023 for our next fellowship to begin in the summer of 2024.

Find Out More

For more information on the Berger Fellowship, please contact:

Terri Lewis, PhD
Associate Professor
The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
Department of Pediatrics | School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
[email protected]

Here is a list of our current and former Berger Fellowship trainees:

Name Year Completed Current Position / Faculty Appointment Location
Lauren McCarthy 2022 Trainee
Lauren Stargel, PhD 2020 – 2021 Researcher American Institute for Research Youth, Family, and Community Development
Dustin Currie, PhD 2018 – 2019 Epidemiologist Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Laura Schwab-Reese, PhD 2015 – 2017 Assistant Professor Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Dept of Public Health
Amanda N’zi, PhD 2013 – 2014 Private Practice Growing Together Child and Family Therapy Denver, CO
John Holmberg, PsyD 2011 – 2013 Private Practice Research Associate Professor Littleton, CO University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Tali Raviv, PhD 2006 – 2009 Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Associate Director of the Center for Childhood Resilience Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Kim Shipman, PhD 2005 – 2006 Senior Research Associate University of Colorado, Boulder Institute of Behavioral Science Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Patrick Nicoletti 2002 – 2004 Chair, Associate Professor of Psychology, Family, and Justice Studies University of Saint Joseph Human Development and Family Studies
Anne Libby, PhD 2000 – 2001 Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs Program Director Clinical Faculty Scholars Program Co-Director CU-Anschutz Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Co-Director CCTSI Colorado Mentor Training Program (Co-Mentor) University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Department of Emergency Medicine