More About Dr. Treptow

An Assistant Professor of Psychology (online) at Divine Mercy University, Dr. Treptow teaches courses in empathy, and ways of growing, and being under a Catholic-Christian lens. Her Catholic-branded practice is in line with the Magesterian. Her deepest desire is to change the stories we tell ourselves, or others tell us, about how well we or our children will do over time. Dr. Treptow’s recent scientific studies look at how children’s doctors think about babies who have early problems (e.g., implicit bias), including what they might tell parents to expect as the babies grow up. Under a Catholic social justice lens, she challenges the negative prophecies that early intervention and pediatric practitioners often give such babies. Under a reflective lens of faith in God’s enduring love, she seeks good for all.

Beyond her clinical and university work, Dr. Treptow is a Director of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association Board and Catholic Medical Association member reviewer for its flagship medical ethics journal, The Linacre Quarterly. She helps lead the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Study of Peace, Violence, and Conflict and presents regionally, nationally, and internationally, e.g., Catholic infant mental health, models for world peace, and virtues for health. She sees her colleagues’ Catholic-Christian Metamodel of the Person (Paul C. Vitz [Author, Editor], Craig S. Titus [Author], William J. Nordling [Editor], 2020) as vital to flourishing among day-to-day Catholics. Dr. Treptow (2015) praised Ann Masten’s Ordinary Magic (2014) book on what helps children do well even when things start rough: i.e., resilience, and has published scholarly articles on re-writing the discouraging narratives families are given for their children by medical providers and others. 

EDUCATION

Fielding Graduate University | Doctorate of Philosophy—School of Leadership Studies (2019) Major: Infant & Early Childhood Development with Emphases in Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities  Honors: Marie Fielder Graduate Fellowship (2016-2019) Richard & Yakko Meyers Endowed Human Rights Scholarship  Institute for Social Innovation Postgraduate Fellow (2019-2020) Dissertation: Pediatricians’ implicit bias towards newborns with Trisomy 21: Merging vignette survey and implicit association test (IAT) methods Chair: Joy Voyles Browne, Ph.D., PCNS, IMH-E® (IV)                     University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Doctorate of Philosophy—Psychology Department (1999) Major: Clinical Psychology with Child & Family Emphasis (APA-accredited)  Dissertation: An examination of links between social anxiety & self-efficacy using adults’ retrospective perceptions of socialization factors Nebraska Consortium in Professional Psychology Internship (APA-accredited) (1996-1997)      Site: Lincoln General Hospital’s Independence Center. University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Master of Arts—Psychology Department (May 1992)             Major: Clinical Psychology with Child & Family Emphasis (APA-accredited) Research: A combination of behavioral parent training & cognitive–behavioral play therapy: An efficacious treatment for noncompliant children?

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Eye-Movement Desensitization Training (EMDR) 5-day Intensive, (Nov 2019). Miami, FL. (Certification in process).
  • Reflective Practice Certificate (Fielding Graduate University, 4 June 2019)
  • Provisionally Certified Zero to Three “The Growing Brain” Trainer, through 30 Oct  2020
  • Certified Wellness Coach (Mayo Clinic, March 2016–ongoing) 
  • Qualistar Colorado approved early childhood trainer, 2013-2018
  • Circle of Security, 4-day Training: 24-27 July 2018, Bozeman, MT

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

Infant Mental Health
  • Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies—The Montana Coalition. Perinatal Mental Health Conference (2019)
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Training Series, Zero to Three, 15-16 Oct 2019, Helena, MT with added trainings and reflective consultation through 2021
  • Train the Trainer on “The Growing Brain,” Zero to Three, 1-2 Oct 2018, Denver, CO
  • DIR® 101: Overview of the DIR® Model & Floortime Intervention, ICDL, Oct-Dec, 2014
Reflective Practice
  • Task Force to Create a Montana Association of Infant Mental Health: Hearing Indigenous Babies’ Voices, Lead 
  • Montana Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Workgroup State Guidance Subcommittee, Expert Member (Feb-Dec 2019)
  • The Arc of the Capital Area, reflective consultation in a nonprofit setting, April 2017
  • One-on-One Reflective Consultation (Mary Claire Heffron), Oct. 2018-ongoing
  • Reflective Practice Consultation Group (Betsy Rogers), June 2019-ongoing.
  • Clinical Supervisor Reflective Training (Montana Chapter of NASW: 90 hours–2016; 2017)
Academic, Grant-Writing, and Leadership Skills
    • Adams State University, Leadership Practicum, 2013-2014
    • Terman Workshop, Western Psychological Association, 23 April 2014
    • Writing effective grants: An interactive, skills-based workshop, Society for Pediatric Psychology, 2014
  • Moving your psychology practice to primary care & specialty medical settings, APA, Coons, 2014
  • Policy Workshop, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 26 June 2014
  • Building competencies for integrated primary care: What to do and how to do it
  • Research Workshop, Center for Spirituality, Theology, & Health, Duke University Medical Center, 2014

PUBLICATIONS

Treptow, R. L. (2019, October). Editor. The Peace Psychologist, 8(2), 1-40. Link here. Treptow, R. L. (2019, July). Editor. The Peace Psychologist, 8(1), 1-40. Link here. Treptow, R. L. (2019). Triumph over implicit bias towards persons with Trisomy 21: Hardship, human rights violations, and honing the path to flourishing. In K. Rogers and M. Snowden (Eds.), The Fielding Scholar Practitioner: Voices from 45 years of Fielding Graduate University (Fielding Monograph Series). Author’s copy here Treptow, R. L. (2019). Pediatricians’ implicit bias towards newborns with Trisomy 21:  Merging vignettes survey and implicit association test (IAT) methods. (Doctoral dissertation. ProQuest). Link here. Treptow, R. L. (2017). An integrated analysis of the Down Syndrome trajectory: Could implicit bias be driving Trisomy 21’s phenotypes? Birth Defect, Med 1(1), 4-7. 10.15761/BDJ.1000105 Treptow, R. L. (2017). Overcoming negative expectations: Medical narrative re-writing in early intervention & disabilities work. The International Journal of Health, Wellness & Society, 7(3), 33-42. Link here. Treptow, R. L. (2017). Book review: Ann S. Masten’s “Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development” [Guilford, 2015]. Infant Mental Health Journal, 38(2), 318-320. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21625 Treptow, R. L. (2016). Creativity & innovation in an interdisciplinary & multicultural world: Culinary ingenuity for health’s sake.Torrance Journal of Applied Creativity, (1), 146-152. https://www.centerforgifted.org/TorranceJournal_V1.pdf  Treptow, R. L. (Fall/Winter 2013). A psychologically solvable problem: Dismantling military alliances toward sustainable world peace. PEACE Psychology: Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence, 22(2), 26-7. Link here.

PRESENTATIONS

Treptow, R. L. (2021, June; anticipated—postponed from June 2020). Coming together to stop war: Using our ethics codes and policy statements to weave vivid(vital) stories of our peacebuilding duties. In Treptow, R. L. Creating stories of global peace: A trio of reflective initiatives designed to reduce hostilities by broadening infant mental health impact.  Symposium for the World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Brisbane, Australia.  Treptow, R. L. (2021, June; anticipated—postponed from June 2020). What people think about babies born with problems matters for how those babies learn and grow: A brief bias-awareness training. Paper for the World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Brisbane, Australia.  Treptow, R. L. (2020, Nov; under review). Hearing indigenous babies’ voices: Nesting native worldviews into an emerging association of infant mental health. Zero to Three Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.  Treptow, R. L. (Chair; anticipated 2020, August), Will the real peace psychologist please stand up? Activating psychologists’ peaceful self-identity. American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.  McConnell, J. M., Velez, G. M., & Treptow, R. L. (anticipated 2020, August). Positioning all APA psychologists’ professional identity within a peaceful self-identity framework. In R. L. Treptow (Chair), Will the real peace psychologist please stand up? Activating psychologists’ peaceful self-identity. American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC. Velez, G. M., Treptow, R. L., & McConnell, J. M. (anticipated 2020, August). Identifying APAs real peace psychologists: Clinical, research, and applied aspects of peacework. In R. L. Treptow (Chair), Will the real peace psychologist please stand up? Activating psychologists’ peaceful self-identity. American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.  Treptow, R. L., McConnell, J. M., Velez, G. M., & Rios, M. (anticipated 2020, August). Peace identity in action: Case examples of doing peace work before and after a peaceful self-identity. In R. L. Treptow (Chair), Will the real peace psychologist please stand up? Activating psychologists’ peaceful self-identity. American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.   Treptow, R. L. (2020, August; anticipated). It’s more than shared time as companions: How respect and love for animals keeps humans healthier! In Sicoli, M. L., & Treptow, R. L. Symposium at American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.  Treptow, R. L. (2020, March). Life after the NICU: Doctors’ thoughts on how they’d advise parents given infants’ medical picture as it relates to disability. Gravens Conference. Sand Key, FL. Sicoli, M. L., & Treptow, R. L. (Co-Chair/Discussant; 2019, August). Accompaniment theory and international and local approaches to animal welfare/rights. Symposium at American Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, IL.  Treptow, R. L. (2019, August). Harnessing early childhood ethics in service of a peaceful world: A skill-building curriculum. In L. Nelson (2019, August). Infusing peace education into the psychology curriculum. American Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, IL. Treptow, R. L. (2019, April). Suffer the little children: Turning a Catholic mental health lens on babies and their families. Catholic Psychotherapy Association Convention, Atlanta, GA. Treptow, R. L. (2019, March). A pilot study: Pediatricians’ ratings of infants who had varied medical diagnoses related to disability and their expected advice for the infants’ parents. Gravens Conference, Clearwater, FL.