Berger Fellowship


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

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
E: | P: 303-864-5315

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


Dates of Fellowship

Current Position


Lauren McCarthy





Lauren Stargel, PhD

2020 – 2021


American Institute for Research

Youth, Family, and Community Development


Dustin Currie, PhD



Centers for Disease Control & Prevention


Laura Schwab-Reese, PhD


Assistant Professor

Purdue University

College of Health and Human Sciences

Dept of Public Health


Amanda N’zi, PhD


Private Practice

Growing Together Child and Family Therapy Denver, CO


John Holmberg, PsyD


Private Practice


Research Associate Professor

Littleton, CO


University of Denver

Graduate School of Professional Psychology


Tali Raviv, PhD


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


Senior Research Associate

University of Colorado, Boulder

Institute of Behavioral Science

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence


Patrick Nicoletti


Chair, Associate Professor of Psychology, Family, and Justice Studies


University of Saint Joseph

Human Development and Family Studies


Anne Libby, PhD


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