There are often signs that are identifiable prior to an incident, if we know what to look for.
– Peggy Mitchell Clarke, Ph.D.
Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke is a clinical psychologist and consultant with almost three decades of combined experience in mental health, higher education, publishing, and media. Earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Brown University, and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia, Peggy began her professional career as a psychotherapist in a community mental health center where she worked with clients with severe, chronic mental illness. She has also worked in a wide variety of other inpatient and outpatient settings, including a state psychiatric hospital and an Employee Assistance Program that served police officers and firefighters.
Making the transition to higher education, Peggy served as the Associate Director of Career and Counseling Services at Christopher Newport University where she provided crisis intervention and counseling services for students and established sexual assault and substance abuse education and prevention programs. During that time, Peggy pursued her love of teaching and also taught psychology as an adjunct faculty member at Thomas Nelson Community College. She later became a full time psychology professor there and also served as the department chair. In total, Peggy taught for 19 years at five different colleges and universities in Virginia and Colorado.
Before retiring from full time teaching in 2012, Peggy taught summer school at Community College of Aurora one last time. Who could have imagined that the Aurora Theater massacre would occur just 2 miles away and that every single student in her class would be affected either directly or indirectly by this tragedy. In the aftermath, Peggy returned to Community College of Aurora in a new capacity as Director of Faculty Professional Development. In collaboration with Campus Security and the college’s Police Academy Director, she was instrumental in developing and facilitating active shooter response and violence prevention training for all faculty and staff. Peggy currently serves on Community College of Aurora’s Behavioral Intervention Team, bringing her experience as a faculty member, administrator, and mental health professional.
Peggy is passionate about educating the public on mental health issues, wellness, and safety, and sharing practical and effective psychological strategies and principles to help people to live well and stay safe. An active mental health advocate, Peggy served on the Colorado state board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and as an executive officer for the Virginia and Denver-Rocky Mountain chapters of the Association of Black Psychologists.
Recognized for her unique blend of experience and expertise, her multimedia platform includes books, blogs, newspapers, television, and radio. Notably, Peggy has been interviewed by national media such as HuffPost Live and Al Jazeera America, she is the host and producer of her own radio program called, “Living Well with Dr. Peg,” she was a contributing writer for Denver’s Five Points News, and she appeared weekly for four years on Denver’s 9NEWS Ask the Experts. In addition, Peggy has written and published curriculum and training manuals and she is also the author of Do Something Different For a Change and Doggie Tales: Lessons on Life, Love, and Loss I Learned From My Dog.
Peggy lives in Denver with her husband, Ryland, who is a software engineer and former math teacher, and she is the proud mother of twins. Taking advantage of Colorado’s active outdoor lifestyle, she enjoys biking, hiking, and swimming, and has competed in eight sprint triathlons, two 10Ks, and numerous 5Ks. Peggy is the President and CEO of Living Well Press, LLC, a mental health, wellness, and safety consultancy and publishing company.