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Consultants

Dr. Tom Barrett

Program Evaluation

Dr. Barrett is a full clinical professor in the International Disaster Psychology Program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of Denver. He has taught program evaluation in the doctoral program in GSPP since 1980. Previously, he was senior medical officer and consultant for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department in the World Health Organization. Between 1994 and 2004 he was the mental health director for the state of Colorado. He is also past president of the National Association of State Mental Health Directors.

Mandy M. Rigg

Grant Writer

Mandy has worked with the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center since 1993 and she takes great joy in having participated in its incredible growth and development. Mandy has worked with nonprofit organizations since 1990 when she joined the Colorado Nonprofit Association. She spent six years at the association as editor of Nonprofit Colorado and director of information services. After that she helped to build a start-up publishing company for nonprofit grantseekers (headed up by Richard Male, founder of the Community Resource Center) where she was editor for five major grant guides—New York, New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania and Ohio. She has been a consultant since 2000, working with local and national nonprofits. Projects have included fund raising, grant writing, program development and documentation, and strategic planning.  She also writes and edits publications, with a focus on making technical, medical and legal issues accessible and entertaining for the lay reader.

Jerry Yager, PsyD

Assessment and Treatment, Training and Education

Dr. Jerry is a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. Before working with DCAC, Jerry was the Executive Director of the Denver Children's Home, which shares a mission with DCAC to provide high quality mental health care for low-income children whose problems would otherwise go undiagnosed and untreated. Jerry received his Doctorate in Psychology from Nova University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado. He is a ChildTrauma fellow with the ChildTrauma Academy, and conducts professional training in Colorado and nationally.