Our Mission

About us at RMCD, our mission is to provide families with comprehensive mental health, developmental, and educational services through a multi-disciplinary team of caring professionals.  Our knowledge, expertise, compassionate treatment approach, and collaborative professional relationships provide you and your family with the best care available.  We strive to provide services within an easy to navigate platform for busy families.

About Us

About Us: Rocky Mountain Center for Development was founded by Drs. Kim Dwyer and Colleen O’Donnell in order to meet a pressing need at the intersection of behavioral health and educational services: a multi-disciplinary practice providing “one stop shopping” for families and allowing professionals to bring multiple lenses of knowledge and expertise to the care of an individual.  We are excited to welcome you to our practice and to work with your family to optimize your success!

Our center is staffed with highly trained experts in all areas of mental health, developmental services, and educational services.  We will work to match you with the right provider or providers based on an individualized analysis of your needs.

In an effort to provide you with state of the art treatment and ensure optimal outcomes, our providers utilize research based therapies and techniques.

Using Science to Improve Results

Because “Sounds Good” Isn’t Good Enough for Your Family: At RMCD, we pride ourselves in using best practices.  We are knowledgeable consumers of scientific research, and we are able to translate research results into our therapies and remedial instruction.  There are a lot of programs offering treatments and “cures.”  We strongly encourage you to inquire about the data and research supporting any program you are considering for yourself or your child.  We are happy to share with you our philosophy and treatment methods, and we invite you to discuss this further with us in person.

Our Treatment Methods

Psycho-Educational Assessments

In performing Psycho-Educational Assessments, we use the most widely respected assessment tools that are norm-referenced.  These tools have been developed through testing thousands of children nationwide, and allow us to discuss a child’s performance relative to the typical or average performance of other children his/her age.

We use a variety of assessment tools, including:

  • Wechsler Intelligence Test for Children-4th edition (WISC-IV)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-5th edition (WAIS-V)
  • Wechlser Individual Achievement Test-3rd edition (WIAT-III)
  • Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOP-2)
  • Grey Oral Reading Test (GORT)
  • Test of Written Language (TOWL)
  • Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE)
  • NEPSY-2 (Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
  • Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS)
  • Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC)
  • ADHD Rating Scales
  • …and other norm referenced assessments


Our Psychotherapists use cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapies (MBCBT) when working with children, teens, and adults.  Read more about evidence based practice and CBT here.

Reading Specialists

Our Reading Specialists know that to help struggling developing readers and students with dyslexia, best practice includes direct, systematic, and explicit instruction in phonics, and guided repetitive oral reading to improve fluency. Our skilled reading specialists use proven techniques, including the Orton-Gillingham Approach, which you can read more about here.

Cogmed Working Memory Training

We are excited to offer Cogmed Working Memory Training to offer individuals with working memory, executive function, and/or attention problems a training program with research support and generalizable results.  Read more here.

To read more about our providers, their background and professional experience, click here.

Educational Advocacy and Consultation

Through educational consultation and advocacy, our experienced professionals collaborate with parents and school personnel to create a appropriate, effective educational programs.  Through consultation we also aim to support families in understanding their child’s disability and their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Colorado Education of Exceptional Children Act.