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About Franci Crepeau-Hobson

I grew up in the beautiful Park Hill neighborhood of Denver and have lived in this city my entire life. I love it here and can’t imagine living anywhere else.

I knew in high school that I wanted to work in the field of psychology and that I wanted to impact the lives of children. I attended Metro State College in Denver for my undergraduate degree, majoring in psychology. I worked as a counselor for emotionally disturbed youth for several years and realized that to really make a difference I had to pursue graduate education. I obtained my master’s degree in counseling from CU Denver and then discovered the field of school psychology. When I realized that I could work as a mental health professional with children in the school setting, I chose to pursue a doctoral degree in school psychology at the University of Northern Colorado.

When I began my career as a school psychologist, I was astounded by the resilience of the children with whom I worked. Confronted with multiple hardships and crises, many of these kids overcame these obstacles and often reached out to others who were struggling. Providing such young people with support and school-based mental health services was a challenging, yet gratifying experience that I treasured. This work as a practitioner remains a part of who I am as a faculty member and I incorporate these experiences into my role as an instructor, advisor, mentor, and supervisor.

My work as a practitioner has also fueled my passion to understand and address some of the most important and pressing issues in the schools, including school violence. I am committed to furthering our understanding of the risk factors and underlying causes of various child- and school-related crises, as well as to making connections between these mental health issues and achievement. Ultimately, my goal is to help enable school personnel to prevent and/or effectively intervene in crisis situations and to better meet the mental health and academic needs of all children and youth.


2013 Present Associate Professor and Program Director, School Psychology Program, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 | Excellence in PREPaRE Crisis Curriculum Implementation | National Association of School Psychologists
  • 2014 | Friend of Children and Families Award | Colorado Society of School Psychologists
  • 2014 | Distinguished Alumnus Award. Department of Psychology | Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • 2013 | Excellence in Teaching | The School of Education and Human Development, CU Denver


  • SPSY 6150 Psychoeducational Assessment I
  • SPSY 6160 Psychoeducational Assessment II
  • SPSY 6170 Assessment and Intervention: Birth to Three
  • SPSY 6100 Legal and Professional Issues in School Psychology
  • SPSY 6300 School Law and Ethics
  • SPSY 6420 Crisis Planning, Prevention and Intervention
  • SPSY 6917 Advanced Practicum in Psychological Assessment
  • SPSY 6911 Practicum in School Psychology
  • SPSY 6918 Clinical Externship


1996 Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado
1991 M.A., University of Colorado at Denver ‐ Counseling and Psychometrics
1985 B.A., Metropolitan State College of Denver ‐ Psychology

Contact Information

P.O. BOX 173364, CAMPUS BOX 106
DENVER, CO 80217-3364


Refereed Publications (18)

Book Entries (7)