Michael D. Denhof, Ph.D., Director of Research
Michael D. Denhof, Ph.D., is a clinical research psychologist who has been working in correctional and mental health settings for over 12 years.
has extensive experience in inmate mental health and risk assessment, general clinical-behavioral health and outcomes research, and the development of analytical software applications that automate and streamline sharing of assessment information and facilitate data-driven and evidence-based decision-making.
Mike has played a lead role in the development of clinical-behavioral assessment models for the State of Colorado, for multiple large behavioral health organizations (BHOs), and for numerous mental health centers, jails, and different types of correctional organizations.
In addition to research projects, Mike's major role with Desert Waters
is to help capture, expand, and disseminate, on a much wider scale, Desert Waters' unique expertise through affordable web-based products and services, including web-accessible assessment and analytical tools, and workplace health/functioning intervention programs.
is the author of a multi-scaled offender assessment instrument, the SONAR-I® for Corrections
, designed to facilitate optimal handling of inmate risks and needs and reduce environmental volatility.
is also developing a variety of web-based assessment and analytical reporting tools, jointly with Dr. Spinaris, to facilitate: (1) identification of Corrections Fatigue
, (2) identification of key conditions of corrections workplace functioning, (3) reduction and prevention of Corrections Fatigue
, and (4) promotion of optimally functional corrections workplace environments/climates/cultures.