Marc Moss is the Roger S. Mitchell Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Moss has a longstanding interest in critical care-related research and he has held continuous NIH funding as a Principal Investigator for over 19 consecutive years. More specifically, Dr. Moss’s research interests include identifying new treatment modalities for patients with the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), exploring the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction in critically ill patients who require mechanical ventilation, and studying burnout syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and wellness in critical care healthcare professionals, specifically ICU nurses. Dr. Moss’ research on wellness is funded by the NIH and he recently received funding from the National Endowment of the Arts. Dr. Moss is the principal investigator for the Colorado center in the NHLBI sponsored Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL) network. Based on his expertise in clinical/translational research and mentoring, Dr. Moss served as the Program Director for the Education, Training, and Career Development Core of the Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) from 2008-2016. More recently, he served as the President of the American Thoracic Society from 2017-2018.
Jeri Forster, PhD, is the Director of the Data and Statistical Core at the VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) for Suicide Prevention and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She obtained her PhD in Biostatistics in 2006. Dr. Forster is involved in grants and projects related to suicidality, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder in Veterans, as well as physical function in older adults and rehabilitation in pediatric patients. Her statistical research interests include longitudinal data analysis, varying-coefficient models and methods to handle non-ignorable dropout in clinical trials and longitudinal observational studies.
Based in the department of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Rafaela oversees the daily aspects of our creative arts therapy study and related research initiatives. By drawing insight from her background in medicine and experience with patient care, her background brings a diverse set of skills to our team’s health promotion efforts.
Katherine earned her Masters in Art Therapy at the Art Institute of Chicago, with a focus on art therapy as social action. Her 2+ years as a Peace Corps Health Education Volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and 9 years of teaching art in Colorado public schools, nourished her drive to empower individual expression as a means of connecting to ourselves and to others. Katherine’s current role allows her to integrate her passions at CHCO: building a comprehensive team of creative arts therapists developing creative opportunities for youth mental health services, creating resilience strategies for medical and psychiatric providers, and using the arts as vehicles for healing, building, and empowering community.
Hillary Sinn, LPC, R-DMT, graduated from Naropa University in 2013 with a Master’s in Somatic Counseling Psychology receiving specialized training in Dance/Movement Therapy. She studied dance and theatre throughout her childhood which ultimately took her to New York where she trained in modern dance at Sarah Lawrence College and pursued a stage career as an actor. Following the tragedy of 9/11 she became interested in politics, psychology, and the concept of service and civic duty. She has worked on several political campaigns over the years and has continued to perform in numerous dance and stage productions from the East Coast to Denver, Colorado. She currently works as a Dance/Movement Therapist in the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado working with kids and teens in the Pediatric Mental Health Institute. She is a member of the American Dance Therapy Association and the American Counseling Association.
Dr Tisha Adams has a Doctorate degree in Counseling, Education, and Supervision (2014) and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Vermont College of Norwich University (1991). She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. Tisha has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years; working with children and adolescents with a primary focus having been with children and adolescents with various acute and chronic medical issues co-occurring with mental health issues. Dr Adams has worked in other mental health settings including: child and adolescent psychiatric (residential and day programs); adult psychiatric (residential); and geriatric (residential, rehabilitation, and psychiatric).
At Children’s Hospital Colorado, Tisha is a Senior Behavior Health Clinician using Art Therapy as her main approach in counseling. Other roles that Tisha is currently involved in are: coordination of the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program graduate internship program, supervision of pre-Masters and post-Masters therapists, and Co-Directing a professional training program for Master level Mental Health Counselors who are working toward obtaining Licensure. Tisha is an artist specializing in ceramics.
Tony has worked as a music therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) in Denver since 2003. As a member of the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapies Program, he has worked with children with psychiatric and medical diagnoses in units throughout the hospital. From 2013-19, he co-led the CHCO mental health Youth Action Board, guiding Denver-area teens through the creation of advocacy projects related to de-stigmatizing mental health issues. He was the lead author of CHCO’s Expressive Approaches to Social-Emotional Wellness: A Toolkit for Youth-Serving Professionals.
Courtney E. Morgan received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she has also taught. She currently teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, as well as at outreach writing programs in local homeless shelters, hospitals and libraries. She is also a writing and creativity coach and teaches personalized in-person and online creativity courses. Morgan is the author of The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman, a finalist for the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award. She is a recipient of the Thompson Award for Western American Writing.