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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)