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Chair's Welcome

Alison Heru, MD
Alison Heru, MD
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Psychiatry

On behalf of the faculty, I welcome you to the Department of Psychiatry. We are dedicated to the care of patients at our teaching hospitals and clinics from birth through aging. 





Vision & Mission Statement

      The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus shares the mission of the School of Medicine: to provide excellence in Education, Research, Clinical Care, and Community Service.

      Through our educational programs, medical students, graduate students, residents and practicing health care professionals are trained to be future leaders in psychiatry.

      Our interdisciplinary research programs aim to produce a better understanding of the underlying causes of mental illness and substance use disorders, as well as identifying new treatments, early prevention strategies and novel clinical approaches to improve the lives of patients.

      Through state-of-the-art clinical services, we deliver a full range of mental health treatments for patients and their families, including neurobehavioral assessments, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology services.

      We advocate within our local communities, affiliated institutions, state government agencies and the nation to promote strategies for increasing mental health awareness and reducing stigma.

Department News & Events


May 16th:
"Dysregulation in Children and Adolescents: From Genes to Brains to Treatment"
Robert R. Althoff, MD, PhD
LOCATION CHANGE:  Bushnell Auditorium, 8th floor of Bldg. 500

May 23rd:
"Neuropsychiatric Aspects of HIV/AIDS"
Francisco Fernandez, MD

Held 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. in the Shore Family Forum (Rm. 110) in the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building, unless noted otherwise.  Please check our current Grand Rounds schedule.   


  • For a listing of articles recently published by the faculty, click here


  • Drs. Michael Allen and Jason Williams were interviewed about mental illness and gun violence in the wake of the recent mass shootings.  More info...


    Anschutz Medical Campus
    Building 500
    Mail Stop F546
    13001 East 17th Place
    Aurora, Colorado 80045