Meet the Site Producers

The Recovery4Teens Team:

The Recovery4Teens Team at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO.

From the Left: Sandra Taylor, Erica Kirkbride, Dr. Charles Benight, Morgan Clinton, Dr. Cindy Buchanan, Whitney Piro

 The development of this innovative intervention tool was a team collaboration focused on creating a user-friendly, interactive, and empowering service to help teens throughout the trauma recovery process.  Our team is based out of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) department of psychology, and is affiliated with the UCCS Trauma Health and Hazards Center (THHC). By combining our various skill sets with a genuine passion to create positive change in  the lives of our users, our perseverence, vision, and teamwork has finally brought you Recovery4Teens.

Team leader Dr. Charles Benight, is an expert in trauma adaptation and visionary for empowerment-centered trauma interventions (see details below).  Dr. Cindy Buchanan is a pediatric health psychologist who completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas.  Currently, she is teaching for the UCCS psychology department, participating in research operations for the THHC, and operating a private practice in the Colorado Springs area.  Dr. Buchanan has been instrumental in understanding the developmental complexities that teenagers undergo when dealing with trauma. Whitney Piro is the lead developer for content, organization, design, and website management. Ms. Piro is currently completing her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from (UCCS) and is also working as a therapist at a local domestic violence center.  Erica Kirkbride is the project leader in computer programming and all technical aspects of Recovery4Teens.  Mrs. Kirkbide recently completed her Master’s degree from UCCS in Computer Science and works locally at UBM TechWeb.  Morgan Clinton and Sandra Taylor assisted in content development, research, and audio recording for the site.  Both are working toward Bachelor’s degrees in psychology and are involved in the honors undergraduate program at UCCS.  Ms. Clinton was recently accepted to graduate school and will continue her education in the experimental psychology program at UCCS this fall.

Charles C. "Chip" Benight, PhD:

As the founder of BlueSun, Inc. and the Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Benight sets the scientific direction for the company. Dr. Benight joined University of Colorado at Colorado Springs from University of Miami where he completed his postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University with an emphasis in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine in June 1992. He earned his Masters Degree in Counseling in 1986 and his Bachelors in Business Management from the Arizona State University in 1983. Dr. Benight founded and is the director of the Trauma, Health, and Hazards Center at UCCS.

Dr. Benight's primary area of research interest is in the human adaptation from trauma. Over the past 14 years, he has focused research on recovery from natural disasters, man-made disasters, motor vehicle accident trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and bereavement. He has been funded through the National Institute for Mental Health and the National Science Foundation. He is a reviewer for several primary journals in health and trauma psychology and served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. He has published extensively in the top peer reviewed journals in the field of traumatic stress.

Other Contributors:


Robyn McKay, PhD – Relaxation skills recordings

Daunte Davis, BA – Audio recording and scenario development

Nicole Torrence, BA – Audio Recording

Kirk Usui, BA – Audio Recording

Sydney May – Audio Recording

Bridged McGuire – Audio Recording

Seamus McGuire – Audio Recording

Alex Jackson – Audio Recording