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ShawnaLee Washam

Department Chair, Psychology, Advancing Academic Achievement, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies
Professor, Psychology

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Psychology from Colorado State University, 1992
  • M.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University, 1988
  • B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University, 1984

Professional Background

In her studies, Dr. Washam emphasized cognitive neuropsychology and investigated the spatial and temporal memory abilities of normal aging. During graduate school, she conducted neuropsychological assessments for a local brain rehabilitation clinic and particularly loved meeting with her clients to map their cognitive strengths. She began teaching for the CU correspondence program, Regis University Without Walls program, and Aims Community College as well as for Colorado State University.

At Aims, Dr. Washam has been an Academic Advisor for the Loveland campus, Assessment Director for the college, and past Chair of the psychology department. She brought Introduction to Neuropsychology, Psychology of Leadership and Environmental Psychology courses to the State of Colorado Common Curriculum. Currently at Aims, she is a Professor of psychology and Chair of five academic departments: Women and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and Advancing Academic Achievement.

Personal Interests

Dr. Washam enjoys spending time with her super amazing husband, fantastic adult children and their equally fantastic spouses, and beautiful, clever grandchildren as well as hosting parties for family and friends and cooking loads of food for everyone. She also plays American Mah Jongg and quilts whenever possible. She has visited many American states, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and Beijing and has found that real education comes through travel. Amor Vincit Omnia.