Candidates for Election

The following individuals are running for election to the executive committee. Voting members will be able to cast their vote by following a link here (when posted). 

 Brian Burke, Ph.D.

Brian Burke, Ph.D.

Candidate for RMPA President Elect – Brian Burke, Ph.D.

Presidential Statement

I am excited to be nominated for RMPA president. I have been taking students to RMPA since the 2005 conference in Park City, UT and have always found the conference to be the friendliest, most welcoming, and most enjoyable one that I attend. Whereas I am “fresh meat” in the sense that I have not been heavily involved in the planning and production of RMPA over the last decade, I have gotten to know the main players and find them continually engaging and stimulating to be around. As I enter “mid-career” (it’s hard to even say it), I am beginning a phase in my life in which I want to devote more of my time and efforts to mentoring young(er) faculty and, as always, students. RMPA is an exceptional vehicle for such mentorship. If elected president, I will strive to maintain and enhance the dual aspect of the teaching focus of the organization—i.e., sponsoring high-quality workshops in the teaching of psychology as well as refining our own faculty skillset of mentoring students through their independent research projects. Above all, I want to bolster and elevate the conversation about what psychology—and its majors—can do for the world. 


Brian Burke is a professor of psychology at Fort Lewis College, where has worked since 2003. Dr. Burke is a clinical psychologist whose research interests include college teaching, motivational interviewing, and terror management theory. He has published numerous articles and book chapters about teaching, twice winning the Douglas Bernstein Award at NITOP for most creative teaching idea, and is the coauthor of Abnormal Psychology, an undergraduate textbook now in its second edition. Dr. Burke teaches a program on the psychology of happiness in countries such as Costa Rica, Chile, and India, and teaches a five-week Field Course in Clinical Psychology, in which students work at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo. Dr. Burke also serves as assistant training director for the Student Counseling Center at Fort Lewis College.

Dr. Burke has served as conference chair for the Mountain States Conference on the Teaching of Psychology and regularly presents at professional research conferences around the country. He has published several meta-analyses of studies evaluating the efficacy of motivational interviewing, an emerging treatment for substance use and other problem behaviors that combines the humanistic elements of client-centered therapy with more active strategies designed to facilitate human change. Further, Dr. Burke has published several meta-analyses of terror management theory (TMT), which states that much of what humans do may be a defense against our inevitable mortality. He has led 6 annual TMT symposia at RMPA featuring students and faculty from a variety of institutions.

Dr. Burke was the recipient of the Achievement Award (2013) and the New Faculty Teaching Award (2005) at Fort Lewis, and he was the college’s 2010-2011 Featured Scholar. He is the chair of the FLC selection committee for Metamorphosis, the undergraduate research journal of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Dr. Burke is active in his local community and served on the Board of the Powerhouse Science Center. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and he is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado.


 Courtney Rocheleau, Ph.D.

Courtney Rocheleau, Ph.D.

Candidate for RMPA tresurer – Courtney Rocheleau, Ph.D.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am the current Treasurer for RMPA. I am pleased to have been nominated to serve a second term and look forward to continuing to serve the association in this role. I first attended RMPA when I was an undergraduate at Colorado State University. I continued attending the conference annually while I was completing my MA and PhD in Social and Health Psychology, at the University of Colorado—Boulder. RMPA provided me rich opportunities for presenting my research, networking and mentoring, and learning about the high-quality scholarly work being done in the region. After graduating, I took a position at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, where I was on the faculty for seven years. While I wasn’t able to attend RMPA as often while at App State, I served as an institutional representative and liaison for the association. When I had the opportunity to come back to Denver and join the faculty at the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2012, I jumped at the chance. Since then, I have attended RMPA each year. I am pleased to be able to serve in my capacity as Treasurer, which gives me the opportunity to give back to the organization that supported me as a student. I am also excited to share this experience with my own students, and to support the next generation of scholars and professionals in Psychology. As I undertake my second term as Treasurer, I invite you to contact me if you have any questions about RMPA or any suggestions about how to further strengthen the organization. Thank you for the opportunity to continue in this role.