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 Psychological Services Staff

The Wyoming State Hospital Psychology Staff have a range of theoretical and therapeutic orientations, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Existential, Client-Centered, and Interpersonal.

Psychology Department Staff may be contacted by email or through the Psychology Department office (307-789-3464 x675). Use the links below to learn more about the Psychology Department Staff and Affiliate Staff on the Training Program.

Staff Members

Denise M. DeBarre, PhD (Email)
JOB TITLE: Training Coordinator, Staff Psychologist
Biographical Information: Dr. DeBarre earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia (1993) following an internship at Montana State University Counseling and Psychological Services. She has worked at the Wyoming State Hospital since 1995. Her theoretical orientation is Integrative / Interpersonal. Professional interests include: treatment and assessment of individuals with co-existing substance abuse/dependence, mental illness, and/or personality disorders, geriatrics, cognitive and psychological assessment, and diversity issues. Training and supervision are also areas of interest for Dr. DeBarre. Dr. DeBarre supervises group supervision.

Outside Interests: In her spare time, Dr. DeBarre enjoys outdoor activities (hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing), cooking, gardening, art, and spending time with her family.


Cora Courage, Psy.D.
JOB TITLE: Director of Clinical Services
Biographical Information: Dr. Courage earned her Psy.D. in Clinical psychology at Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and completed internship at Black Hills Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. At WSH, Dr. Courage supervises psychology, social work, recreation therapy, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, and chaplain services staff. She provides clinical consultation, implements trauma-informed care procedures, trains new staff and ensures the hospital meets certification standards for Medicare, Medicaid, and CARF accreditation. Dr. Courage specializes in trauma treatment and has extensive experience with the ID/MI and the military population; she provides didactic seminars covering these areas. As a military psychologist, Dr. Courage has provided treatment, conducted research and presented on topics such as Military Readiness and Resilience, PTSD, and combat troop reintegration.


Cora J. Klotzbach, PsyD (Email)
JOB TITLE: Staff Psychologist 
CLINICAL ASSIGNMENT: Adult Psychiatric Services, Primary Supervisor 
Biographical Information: Dr. Klotzbach received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. She completed her internship and a year of post-doctoral work at the Wyoming State Hospital, where she served as clinical team leader on the Adolescent Services Unit. She was licensed in Wyoming in 1997 and currently serves as a staff psychologist on the Adult Psychiatric Services unit (APS) and as the Psychological Services’ Assistant Manager. Dr. Klotzbach approaches therapy from a variety of theoretical orientations including interpersonal, family systems, cognitive-behavioral and developmental models. She enjoys working on cohesive interdisciplinary teams and believes that staff training is an essential factor in quality patient care. Professional interests include working with persons diagnosed with personality disorders, the role spirituality plays in a person's recovery and health, and life-span developmental issues. 

Outside Interests: In her spare time, Dr. Klotzbach enjoys entertaining, movies, reading, “projects” of all kinds, and traveling on her Harley.


Sharon Kay, PhD (Email)
JOB TITLE: Staff Psychologist
CLINICAL ASSIGNMENT: Adult Psychiatric Services, Primary Supervisor
Biographical Information: Dr. Kay completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Brigham Young University in 1996, which included an internship at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute.   Her dissertation was the Effects of Gender on Small Group Cohesion. Prior to graduate school she completed an Honors Bachelor degree from the University of Utah in Psychology in 1988, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.   While at the U of U she participated in ongoing research for several years on credibility assessment and completed an Honors Thesis, Facial Expression in Credibility Assessment. This study was presented at the NATO conference on Credibility Assessment in Italy that year. Following completion of her Ph.D. Dr. Kay has worked as a staff psychologist, executive director of an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center and executive director of a crisis hot line.  Most recently she created and led a consulting company that focused on psychological issues in business. Her team of consultants provided training on such topics as stress management, conflict resolution and goal setting. She has written the curriculum for multiple college courses, served as adjunct faculty at Utah Valley University and provided executive coaching for several companies.  Her interests are wide and varied but include increasing employee satisfaction and productivity and creating high functioning teams.


Laura Locklin McCormick, Psy.D.
JOB TITLE: Forensic Psychologist
CLINICAL ASSIGNMENT: Criminal Justice Services, Secondary Supervisor
Biographical Information: Dr. McCormick completed her Psy.D. at Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and internship at California Correctional Institution. She has been on staff full time at WSH since 2011. Dr. McCormick has completed over 175 forensic examinations for fitness to proceed in the adjudicative process and criminal responsibility at the time of the alleged offense. Over the last several years, she has become the forensic team’s expert on the growing defense of automatism or unconsciousness. She has also recompleted risk assessments for violence and recidivism in different contexts. Dr. McCormick provides didactic seminars in her areas of interest, including parental competency examinations, DSM-V, and working with the LGBTQ community.


Vivian Lotts, Ph.D.
JOB TITLE: Post-doctoral resident
CLINICAL ASSIGNMENT: Criminal Justice Services
Biographical Information: Dr. Lotts completed her Ph.D. at Sam Houston State University in 2013. She completed her internship at WSH. She performs forensic assessments such as Competency to Stand Trial and Mental Status at the Time of Offense at WSH and in counties throughout Wyoming. She provides individual therapy and behavior plans for individuals with SPMI in the forensic setting. Dr. Lotts also completes psychological assessment when necessary to support assessment or treatment of the forensic population at WSH. She is developing didactic seminars to present for interns on topics such as adolescent development.


Katherine Mahaffey, PhD (Email)
JOB TITLE: Forensic Psychologist
CLINICAL ASSIGNMENT: Criminal Justice Services
Biographical Information: Dr. Mahaffey earned her Doctorate degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology in 2003 from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX.  She has published research on the interpersonal perception of psychopathy and correctional officers’ attitudes toward A.I.D.S. and conducted research on the cognitive conceptualization of A.I.D.S. among inmates. She completed her internship at the Aurora Mental Health Center in Aurora, Colorado, and her forensic postdoctoral residency at the Wyoming State Hospital. Dr. Mahaffey has been employed as a therapist in residential and community mental health facilities, the Clinical Director of a community mental health center, Adjunct Faculty at SHSU, the Mental Health Director for the Wyoming Department of Corrections, and a Forensic Examiner. Her professional interests include professional ethics and conduct, law and public policy, competency and insanity evaluations, risk management assessment, community and rural mental health, neuropsychological screening, treatment of pathological gambling, and evaluation and treatment of sex offenders.



Toni Merkey, PhD
JOB TITLE: Psychological Resident
CLINICAL ASSIGNMENT: Adult Psychiatric Services
Biographical Information: Toni Merkey received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi (2012). She completed her internship at the Wyoming State Hospital. Her theoretical orientation tends to be integrative, with a cognitive-behavioral inclination. Professional interests include emotion regulation, DBT, substance abuse assessment/treatment, and working with individuals dually diagnosed with developmental disabilities and mental illness.


Sarah J. Rogers, Ph.D.
JOB TITLE: Forensic Psychologist
Biographical Information: Dr. Rogers earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. Her dissertation was entitled “Self-Verification Process in Probation Failure.” Prior to that, she received her undergraduate degree and additional graduate work in I/O psychology at
the University of Washington in Seattle.  After completing internship and postdoctoral training at Kerrville State Hospital in Kerrville, Texas, Dr. Rogers became a staff psychologist and forensic evaluator for this 200 bed forensic facility until relocating to Wyoming in August 2012.  Dr. Rogers has also held adjunct faculty appointments at
the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine and Northwest Vista College.  Her interests include risk assessment, competency evaluation and restoration, personality and neuropsychological assessment, malingering, psychopathy, teaching psychology, and supervision of psychology residents.




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