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Jen Bruner is the School Psychologist at McKinley-Thatcher. She has served in this role at several DPS schools over the past 8 years, and is thrilled to join the McKinley-Thatcher team! Before working with DPS, Ms. Bruner worked in community mental health centers, violence and suicide prevention/intervention, and provided grief supports at an area hospice.
She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma as the youngest of 4 daughters. Her family owned a small meat market, and Ms. Bruner worked at the family store on weekends and holidays. She completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tulsa, and after several years relocated to complete a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. She worked as a therapist in the UNC Counseling Center, and as coordinator of the campus intimate partner violence prevention and victim advocacy program. Her love for working with children and families led Ms. Bruner to complete an additional year of graduate school at the University of Colorado Denver in 2014 to become licensed as a School Psychologist. She finds this role incredibly rewarding and has found her niche.
Outside of work, Ms. Bruner’s life centers around her family. With two sisters, two adult children, and three grandchildren here in Colorado, there’s always a lot of action. She loves exploring the mountains, musical theater, and the Broncos! She also enjoys reading, cooking, and attending youth sporting events. Ms. Bruner would like to travel more and learn more about the many cultures that make up our community.