Kathryn Dunham, Psy.D.
Practice Location and type:
I currently work at Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD), the largest community mental health center in Colorado, and I provide neuropsychological consultative services to NeuroRestorative, a subacute care facility in Littleton, Colorado.
Please tell us about your professional practice:
My professional practice includes traditional, outpatient neuropsychological evaluations of adults age 18 to 90 with a wide variety of medical, psychiatric, and substance abuse histories at MHCD. I am also the Clinical Coordinator for MHCD’s Psychological Assessment Department, meaning that I oversee our day-to-day operations for our comprehensive psychological assessment program. At MHCD, we have an active training program. I provide individual supervision to externs (and very rarely to interns) on full neuropsychological evaluations. During my consultative work, I provide bedside consultations as part of an interdisciplinary team primarily for folks with brain and spinal cord injuries. The consultative work includes a substantial degree of education for patients, families, and providers as well as some intervention work during stays for patients. Additionally, I am currently the President for the Colorado Neuropsychological Society, and I am a current committee member for NAN’s Women in Leadership Committee.
What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
Living in Colorado makes life outside of work so exciting! My husband and I love to go for hikes, explore our local farmer’s markets, and visit the many microbreweries (and cideries) throughout the state! We also love to visit the many mountain towns with our Siberian husky. I am also an avid needlepointer.
Why did you join NAN?
I joined NAN way back during my first year of graduate school and have remained an active member into my professional career. I have always found the NAN conferences to be a warm and supportive environment that re-invigorated my passion for clinical work, research, and training. NAN has always felt like home to me along my different stages of career development.
Do you have any advice to offer or anything else you’d like to add?
My advice for trainees would be to say “yes” to as many different types of opportunities as you can – you never know how one experience may change your career and make you a more well-rounded professional. For example, I elected to do an intervention practicum in skilled nursing facilities to “boost” my therapy hours prior to internship. Ultimately, I believe this experience went on to influence the rest of my professional development. From that externship, I developed a better understanding of behavioral problems with neurologic diseases than anywhere else! I got to be a part of the day to day struggles for folks with different neurologic processes and how interventions could be successful or not so successful. This has really helped to inform my assessment work over many years and led to my consultative work. Plus, I still enjoy a very close relationship with that supervisor after many years!