Amber McDonald, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry-Other CI Services


  • McDonald, A.R., Prost, S.G., Plassmeyer, & Oehme, K (2021). The contribution of adverse childhood experiences to work-related stressors among law enforcement officers. Policing, 00(0), 1-19.
  • Whaley, M. (2021, April). Two programs stress new approach to policing. Longmont Leader.
  • Mehl, A. (2021, Sept). ‘An invaluable resource’: Law enforcement agencies share benefits of co-response mental health programs. Times Call. agencies-share-benefits-of-co-response-mental-health-programs/
  • Mehl, A. (2021, Oct). Longmont co-response study finds more mental health resources are needed; officials seek additional funding. Times Call.
  • Prost, S.G., McDonald, A.R., Plassmeyer, M., Middleton, J., Golder, S. (in press). Not all traumas are equal: Post-traumatic stress and quality of life among women in prison. Women & Criminal Justice.
  • Todd, J. (2020, June). Longmont’s CORE team serving as example for police reform. CBS4.
  • Waters, T. (2020, June). The backstory on policing in Longmont; diversion initiative and programs. YouTube.
  • Middleton, J. & McDonald, A.R., (2019). Creating sanctuary: Trauma-informed change for survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Winterdyk, J. & Jones, J. (Eds), The Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • McDonald, A.R., & Middleton, J. (2019). Applying a survival sex hierarchy to the commercial sexual exploitation of children: A trauma-informed perspective. Journal of Public Child Welfare.
  • McDonald, A.R., Middleton, J., Matera Bassett, D., & Harris, L. (2017). Organizational culture and climate factors impacting forensic interviewers’ experiences of secondary trauma. Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal.
  • inSocial Work (2017). Amber McDonald: The Underground Sex World and Vulnerable Youth: A Professional Social Worker’s Perspective [Audio podcast]. Retrievable at:
  • McDonald, A.R. (2016, May). Domestic minor sex trafficking beyond victims and villains [Review of the book Domestic minor sex trafficking beyond victims and villains, by A. Lutnick]. Journal of Children and Poverty. doi: 10.1080/10796126.2016.1184629
  • McDonald, A.R., (2016). Child welfare response to child and youth sex trafficking – Part 2. Capacity Building Center for States. Retrieve:
  • McDonald, A.R., Sedivy, J., & Kay, A. (under review). Areas to consider: Using trauma-informed strategies as primary prevention for substance use among youth.Journal of Human Behavior and Environment
  • McDonald, A.R., Bacon, B., Choi, L., Plassmeyer, M., & Everett, M. (under review). Co-Response in the U.S. American Media. Behavior and Social Issues.
  • McDonald, A.R., Sedivy, J., & Kay, A. (under review). Areas to consider: Using trauma-informed strategies as primary prevention for substance use among youth. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse
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Practice Locations

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Psychology

General Information

Department: Psychiatry-Other CI Services
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CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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