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 John Nicoletti, Ph.D., ABPP
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Dr. John Nicoletti received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University in 1972. He co-founded Nicoletti-Flater Associates with his wife, Lottie Flater, in 1976. He has since established himself as a national expert in police psychology, violence risk assessment, workplace and school violence prevention, as well as crisis intervention and trauma recovery. Dr. Nicoletti has been asked to take part in several high profile investigations, including the Columbine High School and the Virginia Tech shootings.
More than 250 national corporations, government agencies, law enforcement agencies, schools, and religious institutions at the local, national, and international levels, have chosen to work with Dr. Nicoletti. Since 1996, Dr. Nicoletti and staff have provided on-site psychological screenings and consultations at the U.S. bases of McMurdo and the South Pole in Antarctica. Also included in his list of clients are: the National Recognizance Office, NASA, Lockheed Martin, and Colorado School Districts. Clients have the opportunity to work directly with Dr. Nicoletti and his staff of 12 through workshops, training seminars, and consultations. Dr. Nicoletti has also co-authored several books related to violence prevention, including: Violence Goes to Work, Violence Goes to School, and Violence Goes to College. His second edition of Violence Goes to College was published in 2010.
Throughout his career, Dr. Nicoletti has been an invited speaker at numerous national conferences on violence. He was a guest speaker for the National Association of Attorney Generals. In addition, Dr. Nicoletti has been honored with many awards for his contributions to the field of psychology. He is a recent recipient of the Antarctic Service Medal from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Nicoletti is a past Chair of the Psychology Section of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police. He has also been appointed to the Colorado Governor’s Commission on Expert Emergency Response as well as the Governor’s Juvenile Clemency Board. Dr. Nicoletti is also currently a member of NASA’s team for developing analog’s for training astronauts for long duration missions, such as the Mars Mission.


 Lottie Flater, LCSW
Lottie Flater specializes in the areas of police psychological services, workplace violence, school place violence and trauma interventions. She has presented at and received specialized training from the FBI. Among her accomplishments, Lottie has provided onsite consultation and debriefings for individuals who have been deployed to McMurdo Bay and the South Pole Station in Antarctica. She co-authored the book Violence Goes to Work: An Employer's Guide. Ms. Flater works with many state and federal law enforcement agencies, school systems, financial institutions, private corporations, and airline industry leaders. She worked in the school system as a Special Education Director, providing a variety of psychological services, and she was called in to help with trauma recovery for law enforcement personnel, students, and parents after the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado. Ms. Flater has provided training and consultation to schools and businesses across the country in order to help prevent violence.

Psychological Services Staff

 Evan Axelrod, Psy.D.,ABPP, B.C.E.T.S.
Dr. Evan Axelrod received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Behavioral Forensics, from the University of Denver.  He has been a staff member of Nicoletti-Flater Associates since June 2000 and is a Board Certified Specialist in Police and Public Safety Psychology and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. Dr. Axelrod previously worked in areas of emergency response and crime prevention.  He is an experienced provider of therapeutic services to children, adolescents, couples, families, and individual adults.  In addition to providing general counseling services, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, Dr. Axelrod specializes in pre-employment screening, fitness-for-duty evaluation, and direct and indirect threat/risk assessments.  Dr. Axelrod also provides training and therapeutic services in the areas of crisis and trauma intervention and debriefing, anger management, stress management, high-risk relationships, conflict resolution, peak performance, verbal communication, managing special populations, parenting, suicide/suicide-by-cop, peer support, and workplace and school violence.  Dr. Axelrod is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology.  He has contributed to several articles and books in the area of Violence and Police Psychology, and is the author of the book "Violence Goes to the Internet: Avoiding the Snare of the Net."
  Jaime Brower, Psy.D., ABPP
Dr. Jaime Brower received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Behavioral Forensics and Psychological Testing, from the University of Denver. She has been a staff member of Nicoletti-Flater Associates since June, 2002. Dr. Brower has previously worked in mental health facilities, schools, corrections, and hospitals. She is an experienced provider of therapeutic services to children, adolescents, couples, families, and individual adults. Dr. Brower specializes in working with emergency personnel and violence. She conducts numerous school and workplace violence assessments, covering the areas of physical violence, sexual harassment, and hostile work environments. In addition to providing general counseling services, in both inpatient, outpatient settings, and remote locations, such as Antarctica, Dr. Brower is also providing training and therapeutic services in the areas of crisis and trauma intervention and debriefing, psychological assessment, anger management, stress management, high-risk relationships, conflict resolution, peak performance, verbal communication, managing special populations, parenting and step-parenting, divorce, suicide/suicide-by-cop, as well as workplace and school violence. 
 Robin Eskey, Psy.D.
Dr. Robin Eskey received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in forensic psychology, from the University of Denver. She has been a staff member of Nicoletti-Flater since 2001. Dr. Eskey specializes in individual and couples therapy, and provides services in the areas of trauma, grief, and critical incident debriefings. In addition, she has provided training in anger management, stress management, suicide/suicide-by-cop, workplace and schoolplace violence. Dr. Eskey also holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in International Management. She has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Denver, teaching clinical interviewing and psychotherapy skills, for the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.
 Anne Field, LCSW
Anne first joined NFA as an intern in 1995 while in the process of finishing her Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Anne completed the Human Services Professional program and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She went on to receive a Masters in Social Work degree in 1998 from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. She focused on mental illness/health and psychotherapy. In 1997-1998, Anne interned then worked for The Baylor Psychiatry Clinic within the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  After that year, she transferred into the Harris County Hospital District, and worked as a psychiatric and medical social worker and psychotherapist.  While there, she developed a new program for the Ben Taub General Hospital's outpatient psychiatric clinic.  She conducted groups and provided psychotherapy for adults with medical and psychiatric disorders.  She was licensed in the state of Texas in 1998 and in Colorado in 2000 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  In November 2012, Anne also became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.
Re-joining NFA in 2000, Anne has provided individual and couples psychotherapy to adult patients. Her areas of treatment and study are depressive and anxiety disorders, grief intervention and management, eating disorders, stress and anger management, trauma, crisis intervention, critical incident stress debriefing, and interpersonal and couples relationships. She participates in crisis consultations and interventions when needed and has taught police officers participating in the Peer Support seminars.  
 Sara Garrido, Psy.D.
Dr. Sara Garrido has worked with Nicoletti-Flater Associates since 2009. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver and received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member.  She specializes in crisis intervention, trauma recovery, policy review, and conducting risk assessments for Nicoletti-Flater Associates.  Dr. Garrido provides debriefings for critical incidents and facilitates trainings on a variety of topics, including workplace and school violence, suicide/suicide-by-cop, verbal de-escalation techniques, peer support, and stress management. In addition, she is experienced in providing therapeutic services to individual clients (children, adolescents and adults) as well as to couples and families. Dr. Garrido serves as a Peer Support Consultant for the Greeley Police Department and also works with the Aurora Police Department and Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department Peer Support Teams.  Sara has co-authored several articles with Dr. John Nicoletti, including articles for Church Executive MagazinePolice Chief Magazine, and The 
Colorado Law Enforcement Officer.  In January 2011, she traveled to Christchurch, New Zealand and McMurdo Station in Antarctica with Drs. Nicoletti and Axelrod to assist in providing psychological assessments to winter-over candidates.  In 2012-2013 Dr. Garrido and Dr. Nicoletti worked in collaboration with NASA's Behavioral Health & Performance Research Team to identify psychological adaptation strategies for long-duration space missions.  Dr. Garrido returned to New Zealand and Antarctica (McMurdo and South Pole Stations) in 2013 to provide psychological assessment services.

Shawn Knadler, Psy.D.
Shawn Knadler received his Masters degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology.  He graduated from GSPP with his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2013.  He has received specialized training in the areas of trauma, psychological assessment, and veteran issues. Shawn has experience working with adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He also has clinical experience working with active duty military personnel at Buckley AFB, and military veterans at the Denver VA Medical Center.  Prior to earning his degree, Shawn served eight and a half years in the United States Army including combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  During his military career, he completed a variety of advanced military training and leadership schools and was awarded several military commendations.  Shawn first began his work with Nicoletti-Flater Associates while completing a clinical practicum in 2008. 

 Joelle Kruml, Psy.D., ABPP
Dr. Joelle Kruml received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver. She also received her master’s in forensic psychology and her masters in clinical psychology from the University of Denver. Dr. Kruml has received specialized training in the areas of violence, trauma, neuropsychology, psychological assessment, and child/adolescent issues. She gained this experience through working within corrections and at residential treatment facilities, as well as at Denver Health Medical Center, the Denver VA Medical Center, and through international research in South Africa.
Dr. Kruml is an experienced provider of therapeutic services to children, adolescents, couples, families, and individual adults. In addition to providing general counseling services, she also conducts crisis consultations and interventions, pre-employment evaluations, promotional psychological assessments, and pre-deployment screenings with the United States Antarctic Program. Dr. Kruml provides training and therapeutic services in the area of psychological assessment and group development, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. She co-authored an article for the Police Chief Magazine on assessing the psychological suitability of candidates for law enforcement positions published in August 2011. She also began teaching Stress Management and Trauma at the Arapahoe Community College Law Enforcement Academy in August 2013.  She is licensed in the state of Colorado as a Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Kruml is a board certified specialist in Police and Public Safety Psychology.  Dr. Kruml has been a staff member of Nicoletti-Flater Associates since August of 2006. 
 Debra Tasci, Psy.D., ABPP
Dr. Debra Tasci has over 30 years of clinical practice helping individuals, couples and families. She has extensive experience in trauma debriefing with airline personnel, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical workers, and victims of crime. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. She is a certified Employee Assistance Professional, a member of the American Psychological Association, the Colorado Psychological Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Additionally, she is a Substance Abuse Professional, with expertise in the area of chemical dependency, and she conducts substance abuse evaluations for the Department of Transportation for individuals holding safety sensitive jobs. She has completed training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) designed to help couples in distress, is trained in EMDR, and is the co-author of the Trauma Recovery Handbook. She has been working for Nicoletti-Flater Associates since 1996, doing individual/couples/family counseling, fitness for duty assessments, trauma debriefing/defusing, chemical dependency assessments, and psychological assessments for job applicants seeking employment in Antarctica. She has also been a consultant to the Denver Police Peer Support Team since 1996.

  Don Lyon
Don Lyon provides consultation services in the following venues: workplace violence, school violence, crisis management and recovery, threat management, behavioral profiling, transportation and facility/product security and safety, professional sports security and safety, hiring and termination practices, client consulting, international travel, and counter-terrorism. He has been the Director of Security & Safety for Colorado Rockies Baseball, Inc., Denver, CO, since its inception in 1993. From 1992 to 1999, Mr. Lyon was the Director of Safety, Security and Training for Nationsway Transport, and was responsible for all DOT and OSHA compliance issues, loss prevention, accident and injury prevention, and investigations; Workmen Compensation claims; and the Modified Return to Work Program. Before 1992, Mr. Lyon worked 23 years with the U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation, during which time he spent 16 years as a Hostage Negotiator and Crisis Management Instructor. From 1990 to 1992, he was the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, Intermountain Division, Billings, Montana, and was responsible for the management of nine FBI offices located in Montana. He was involved in creating the first federal and state multi-agency Drug Task Force, working closely with the Governor's office and heads of other federal law enforcement agencies to prioritize crime problems and manpower allocations. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Lyon was assigned to the FBI Headquarters, Washington, D. C., Counterterrorism Section, Middle East Unit.

Administrative Staff

 Betty Crowell
Ms. Betty Crowell has worked for Nicoletti-Flater Associates for 20 years as Coordinator of Professional Services. She brings with her an extensive background in the legal field, having worked as a litigation paralegal for 10 years. Prior to this work, Ms. Crowell was the marketing coordinator for a commercial real estate company. Currently, she coordinates testing, therapy, and workshops for Nicoletti-Flater Associates.


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