Shawn Worthy, Ph.D.
Interim associate to the president for diversity
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Shawn Worthy, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Human Services at MSU Denver. He began his career as an instructor at Northern Illinois before working in many clinical settings for behavioral and therapeutic services. He joined MSU Denver in 1995 and received tenure in 2002. Worthy has served as the chair of the Human Services Department, as well as the interim vice president of the Student Services Division, and has also worked as the director of Mentoring and Summer Bridge Programs with Student Services at MSU Denver. He currently serves as the MSU Denver NCAA faculty athletic representative. Worthy has also worked as a clinician and psychotherapist at the Children’s Hospital of Denver and the Urban League of Denver.
He has done research and published work extensively about the sports psychology of how all levels of skiers cope with fear. Additionally, Worthy has conducted research on domestic violence, teen suicide and other issues related to children and families. He has worked clinically with adults and teens infected with HIV. Worthy has researched, published and presented at many conferences and workshops striving to understand diversity as it pertains to engaging people of color. He currently serves on several community boards and commissions that focus on youth and violence.
Worthy received his doctorate and master’s in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University.