Kristin Vaver, Ph.D.

About Dr. Vaver

Dr. Kristin Nicholas Vaver grew up in Laramie, Wyoming and completed her undergraduate degree at Colorado State University. She then spent time on both coasts, receiving her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia and traveling across the country to California to complete her training with an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She returned to Colorado in 1999 and spent over twelve years as a Rehabilitation Psychologist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Vaver enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and three sons. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, skiing, cheering for her boys in a variety of sports, and volunteering at local schools.


  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University.
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia (APA Approved).
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Packard Children’s Hospital at
  • Licensed Psychologist in the State of Colorado.
Dr. Vaver's Professional Experience
  • Over 15 years of professional experience evaluating infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and adolescents with developmental delays, Specific Learning Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Brain Injuries, and other complex medical presentations.
  • Rehabilitation Psychologist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Children’s Hospital Colorado, for over 12 years.
  • Clinical Psychologist at the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, Rockville, Maryland, for three years.
  • Expertise in the neurodevelopment of infants and young children ages 0-8.
  • Extensive experience evaluating children who were adopted internationally as part of the Children’s Hospital Colorado International Adoption Clinic. Multiple professional presentations to International Adoption agencies and conferences.

Rosenberg, A.A., Lee, N.R., Vaver, K.N., Werner, D., Fashaw, L., Hale, K., & Waas, N (2010).  School-age outcomes of newborns treated for persistent pulmonary hypertension. Journal of Perinatology, 30(2), 127-134. Epub 2009 Oct 1.

Nicholas, K.K., & Pianta, R.C. (1994).  Mother-child interactions and seizure control: Relations with behavior problems in children with epilepsy.  Journal of Epilepsy, 7(2), 102-107.

~ Speech-Language Pathologists, The Children’s Hospital, Aurora, Colorado – November 2009

“Risks to Speech-Language Development in Children Adopted Internationally”

~ Assessment Seminar, The Children’s Hospital, Aurora, Colorado – May 2009

“Assessing the Neurodevelopment of Infants and Toddlers using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development – Third Edition”                                          

~ KidStreet Therapy Care, The Children’s Hospital, Denver, Colorado – November 2008

“The Interrelationship of Neurodevelopment and Behavior in Children with Complex Medical Needs”

~ Kaiser Permanente, Denver, Colorado – June 2008

“Issues in International Adoption”

~ Chinese Children Adoption International, Centennial, Colorado – October 2007

“Assisting Development of the Internationally Adopted Child”

~ Mapleton Rehabilitation Center, Boulder, Colorado – February 2006

            “Psychology Consultation to a Multi-Disciplinary Feeding Clinic”

~ Brain Injury Association of Colorado Annual Conference, Vail, Colorado – September 2005

“Executive Functions in Young Children with Traumatic Brain Injury”

~ Courage to Risk: Collaborative Conference for Special Education, Colorado Springs, Colorado – February 2005

“Serving the Special Needs of Children Adopted Internationally”

~ Early Childhood Institute: The Power of Relationships, Keystone, Colorado – October 2004

“Assessment of Children Adopted Internationally”

~ Chinese Children Adoption International, Centennial, Colorado – July 2001

“Role of a Psychologist in Assessing the Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development of Children Adopted Internationally”

~ Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh), Alexandria, Virginia – October 1999

“Comprehensive Forensic Evaluation of Child-Caregiver Attachment in Child Welfare Cases”

~ American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California – August 1998

“Fathers’ Reactions to Their Child’s Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy”

School Advisory Committee                                                                        2007-2017

Ryan Elementary School, Lafayette, CO

School Advisory Committee – Chair                                                            2012-2020

Angevine Middle School, Lafayette, CO

Boulder Valley School District Parent Council                                         8/12-current

Boulder Valley Schools Education Center, Boulder, CO

Legislative Volunteer                                                                                   1/12 – 5/12

Matt Jones, Colorado State Representative, House District 12

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 8 week program (2016)