Abigail S. Tucker, Psy.D. is an adjunct professor in the College of Psychology's Forensic Psychology (M.S.) program.
She is also a licensed psychologist in Denver Colorado. In her current role as trainer, consultant and in private practice she works directly with emergency responders,veterans, victims of crime, criminal and juvenile justice entities and behavioral health providers.
Dr. Tucker serves as an Adjunct Faculty at both Colorado State University Global in their Emergency Responder and Military Psychology Program and at her alma mater Nova Southeastern University in both their College of Psychology and for the Fischer College of Education and Criminal Justice. Her passion to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use inspired her to become certified in the instruction of Adult & Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) as well as the Public Safety module of Adult MHFA. Dr. Tucker is also a national training instructor for the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project. Dr. Tucker serves as the Chief Strategy and Growth Officer at Polara Health in Prescott Arizona and is a partner and trainer with Heroes Active Bystandership Training.
Born and raised in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Dr. Tucker completed her B.A. in psychology at Loyola College, Maryland, and her M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University. After completing her internship at Community Reach Center in Thornton Colorado, she relocated to the East Coast and completed her post-doctoral training at Eastern Shores Psychological Services as the Director of Forensics.
In the past she has served as the Chief Clinical Officer at Community Reach Center, Westminster Colorado and as a Psychologist at KidsPeace, Orefield Pennsylvania. She is an Editorial Board Member to the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, she has published journal articles, book chapters, and has presented over 100 times on the role of community mental health in forensics, implementation models for peer support efforts and justice related interventions and on the issue of traumatic stress and resiliency.
Dr. Tucker currently serves on the Colorado Commission Criminal and Juvenile Justice and has had the honor to serve on the Colorado Department of Youth Services Community Board Northeast Region. Additionally, Dr. Tucker is an active member of American Psychological Association Division 18 (Public Service) and Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society); with prior roles as APA Division 18 Continuing Education Sponsor and Division 18 Criminal Justice Co-editor for The Gavel. The focus of her on-going research and practice includes emergency responder psychology, the intersection of behavioral health and social justice as well as suicide prevention.