Katy Barrs

Katy Barrs


At the University of Denver, Dr. Barrs is the Clinic Director of the Sturm Center, a behavioral and mental health clinic that serves Veterans, Service members, and their families.  She supervises the Graduate School of Professional Psychology students and provides hands-on training to teach them the clinical skills that correspond with the academic and research skills they are learning within the Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology coursework.  She specializes in treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, sexual trauma, and readjustment related issues.

Dr. Barrs completed her doctorate at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2007. She recently returned to DU after working in the V.A. system for nine years. Dr. Barrs has worked with Veterans, Service members and their families at the Minneapolis V.A. Medical Center, the Boston V.A. Healthcare System, and most recently the Denver Vet Center where she served in the role of Military Sexual Trauma Treatment Coordinator.  She is the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Military Psychology Division 19 Arthur W. Melton Early Achievement Award.  Dr. Barrs was also recently featured in the documentary, ACRONYM: The Cross-Generational Battle with PTSD.

Session: The Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology: Research, Training, and Treatment of Veterans, Service members and their Families (co-presented with Jacob Hyde)

Politics & Service | Friday, Nov 11, 2016

Military veterans make up less than 8 percent of U.S. Population, yet this population displays a unprecedented number of health disparities that have risen to the level of a public health crisis. The physical and emotional toll of the military lifestyle combined with 15 years of continuous war-fighting complicates the assessment and treatment of military members and their families. The Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology has developed a novel mechanism for the training and treatment of this population and is uniquely positioned to serve Veterans, Service members and their families.