2017 Keynote Speakers


deprince Anne DePrince is a Professor and Chair in the Psychology Department as well as Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) at the University of Denver. In a program of community-engaged research that addresses the pressing problem of violence and abuse, her research focuses on how individual characteristics as well as interpersonal, community, and spatial contexts relate to violence/abuse exposure as well as clinical symptoms and interventions. Bridging her research and teaching, the undergraduate and graduate classes she teaches emphasize community engagement as a method to use psychological science to address pressing public problems, particularly violence against women and children. The co-editor of three volumes on trauma and violence and an author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, she is active in national and international professional organizations addressing trauma and violence.  She currently serves as an Editor for the Trauma Books Series, the book series of Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) for the American Psychological Association. Her research has been recognized in terms of federal funding as well as local and national awards. For example, DePrince received the 2005 Public Advocacy Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for advancing the social understanding of trauma as well as the 2015 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award from Campus Compact. In April 2016, her research was recognized by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crimes with the Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award for her contributions to the nation’s understanding of crime victims’ issues. She completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon and clinical internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Additionally, she is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado.




 Randy Stoecker is a Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, with an associate appointment at the University of Wisconsin Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. His areas of expertise include community organizing and development, higher education community engagement, participatory action research/evaluation, and community information technology. He has been involved in a wide variety of community-based participatory action research projects and participatory evaluations with community development corporations, community organizing groups, and community information technology programs across North America and Australia. Randy trains, speaks and writes extensively on community organizing and development, community-based participatory research, service learning, and community information technology. He is author of Defending Community (1994) and Liberating Service Learning (2016), co-author of Community-Based Research and Higher Education (2003), co-editor of The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning (2009) and The Landscape of Rural Service Learning (2016). You can find his complete curriculum vitae at http://comm-org.wisc.edu/stoeckerfolio/stoeckvita.htm. He resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and 50-pound standard poodle (his daughter is now on her own teaching the next generation), and wishes he lived in a society where research has become such an integral part of the culture that people are no longer fooled into making self-destructive political choices.