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Anne DePrince

Anne DePrince

Director, CCESL, University of Denver

Anne P. DePrince is Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) and an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Denver. DePrince completed her doctoral training at the University of Oregon and clinical internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado. She teaches community-engaged courses on violence against women and research methods. DePrince directs the Traumatic Stress Studies Group (, which involves post-doc, graduate and undergraduate researchers.  Her community-engaged research focuses on violence against women and children. She has received funding for her research from the National Institute of Justice and National Institute of Mental Health. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed publications, DePrince serves on the editorial boards of several journals and has co-edited two volumes on traumatic stress. DePrince received the 2005 Public Advocacy Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for advancing the social understanding of trauma. She is active in national and international professional organizations addressing trauma and violence. For example, she currently serves as the Editor for Traumatic StressPoints, the newsletter of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; and she is a past Chair of the Education and Training Committee for Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) for the American Psychological Association.


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
----Viktor Frankl

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