Victim Witness Division Manager for the District Attorney’s Office in the 8th Judicial District. Sunni holds expertise in the study of responses to trauma, and the neuroscience of traumatic experience.
Although trauma is not the sole province of victims, it is an experience that overwhelms a victim’s ability to cope. As a service provider, Sunni often see the impact of traumatic experiences played out in the behaviors of those she serves. Her passion lies in helping to educate psychology students, criminal justice students and human service professionals about the mind, brain, body connections of trauma, and how the use of emerging research in neuroscience betters their ability to serve victims/clients.
She began her career more than 16 years ago as a victim advocate with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in Detroit, MI., ultimately becoming the Assistant Director of Victim Services. She served in that position for 5 and ½ years before moving to Colorado in 2006. She then served as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for a local law enforcement agency for 6 and ½ years before accepting her current position as Victim Witness Division Manager for the District Attorney’s Office in the 8th Judicial District. After completing her degree program in Applied Psychology with Regis University in 2014, she was asked to return to Regis as a professor to teach psychology courses that focus on trauma, human relationships and the neuroscience behind those experiences.
Sunni’s educational background includes a MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience from Regis University, a MS in Community Services from Michigan State University and a BA in Psychology from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.