The mission of Pacific Psychology Services Center is to help clients understand themselves, their lives, and behavior clearly, freeing them to pursue their hopes and aspirations with confidence.
The Pacific Psychology Services Center provides evidence-based cognitive-behavior therapies (CBT) for a wide range of difficulties affecting children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. In CBT, clients and therapists work together to develop treatment strategies designed to reduce distress and discomfort. The primary goal is to help clients develop skills enabling them to independently manage the challenges they face. This approach empowers them and makes them less dependent on therapists and therapy over time.
Colin B. Denney, Ph.D.,
License PSY 697
Colin B. Denney, Ph.D.
I began my professional career as a Biology and Chemistry teacher at Punahou School and became increasingly interested in behavior and psychology as a result of teaching there. I decided to pursue my passion, and was admitted to the clinical psychology program at the University of Hawaii, where I earned my Ph.D. I accepted an academic position at Purdue University after graduate school, but the nature of my work there limited the amount of time I could spend working directly with clients. After a few years at Purdue, I decided to fully commit myself to a career in clinical practice.
I returned to Hawaii where I opened a private practice in 2006 that focused primarily on pediatric psychology, family therapy, and students who were struggling in school. In 2011, I accepted a position working within the military system. This enabled me to continue in specialty practice with children, while also giving me access to a wide range of additional training opportunities and working with adolescents and adults affected by a wide spectrum of syndromes (See Services for details).
I focus on helping my clients understand themselves and their worlds with clarity so that they are better able to make useful choices about the challenges in their lives. My goal is to empower them to find effective solutions to the problems they face; whether dealing with sad, depressed mood, anxiety, worry, acute stress or any of the many challenges that arise in life, I strive to enable them to move forward with greater confidence and hope.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PH.D., CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY), UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, GRADUATED 08/1997.
MASTER OF ARTS (CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY), UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, GRADUATED 08/1992.
TEACHING CREDENTIAL, SECONDARY SCIENCE, PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, 06/1984.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (Biology), WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY, GRADUATED 05/1983.
POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION (CARE), HONOLULU, HI, COMPLETED IN SUMMER 2000.
PRE-DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP, FLORIDA MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE, CHILD AND FAMILY TRACK, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, TAMPA, FL. COMPLETED IN SPRING 1995.
LICENSED IN THE STATE OF HAWAII, DECEMBER 2000.
PEDIATRIC OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
I received formal training in the assessment and treatment of children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder through the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute in February 2014. This intensive training focused on assessment and treatment of Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related syndromes (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS), Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Trichotillomania, Tourette Syndrome and Other Tic Disorders) including updates regarding pharmacological treatment options.
ADULT OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
I received formal training in the assessment and treatment of adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder through the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute in November 2013. This intensive training focused on assessment of adult Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Syndromes (Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders), including updates regarding pharmacological treatment options.
I received formal training in treatment targeting management of tics and the features of Tourette Syndrome through the Tourette Syndrome Association’s Behavior Therapy Institute in March 2014.
CBT-BASED TREATMENT FOR BODY-FOCUSED REPETITIVE BEHAVIORS
I received formal training in assessment and treatment of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB) through the Trichotillomania Learning Center Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors in September 2016. Intensive training focused on treatment of Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling), and Excoriation (Skin-Picking).
PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION THERAPY (PCIT)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is a scientifically-validated intervention program designed to foster improved relationships among children (3-7 years of age) and their parents. It has been shown to strengthen parent-child bonds, reduce the frequency of parent-child conflicts, and enhance compliance. I received formal training in PCIT in September, 2015, and February, 2016. I am in the process of receiving formal certification.
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT RELATIONSHIP ENHANCEMENT (CARE)
CARE is a program of skills-training designed to help adults enhance their relationships and patterns of interaction with children and adolescents under their care. I received formal training and certification in delivery of CARE in February 2016.
POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM (AKA TRIPLE-P PROGRAM)
The Triple-P program is a thoroughly validated parent-training program targeting effective management of noncompliance and disruptive behavior in children. I received formal training and certification in the Triple-P program in Spring 2015.
Levels I and II, Gottman Marital Therapy.
Gottman-method marital therapy focuses on strengthening multiple aspects of relationships, and is supported by a large volume of scientific evidence. I have completed both level I and level II training in Gottman-method marital therapy and use assessment and intervention procedures covered in these programs in my clinical practice.
I have also had formal training from LindaMood-Bell in both the “Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech”, and the “On Cloud Nine Math program”. I have also completed the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
(CHADD) Parent-to-Parent Program.
HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHER, PUNAHOU SCHOOL, ACADEMY SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, (06/1985 – 06/1987).
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES, PURDUE UNIVERSITY, (08/2001 – 06/2005).
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, CHILD AND FAMILY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICE (CAFBHS), SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HI (07/01/2014 – 01/15/2017).
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS, TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, HONOLULU, HI (09/2011 – 07/2014).
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, OWNER/OPERATOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER OF HAWAII, LLC (10/2006 – 9/2011).
I spent the early part of my career doing academic research. I authored and coauthored multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals including
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Journal of Clinical Child Psychology
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
I also authored and coauthored chapters in two edited books concerned with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
- Stimulant Drugs and ADHD: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Ritalin: Theory and patient management. New York: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
I have presented research at local, national, and international conferences including
American Psychological Association
Southeastern Psychological Association
International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Western Psychological Association
Hawaii Psychological Association
Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology