Dr. Elizabeth Brooks, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University Of Colorado Anschutz Colorado School of Public Health and the MPH Concentration Director in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health. In addition, she serves as the Principal Researcher at the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP). Dr. Brooks’ broad research interests focuses on mental and behavioral health issues, particularly substance use, depression, and PTSD. Much of this work incorporates the use of telehealth technologies to improve access to quality care and information. She has worked extensively with provider populations, American Indians, and women veterans. Dr. Brooks participates in several research and program evaluation initiatives, including provider well-being and professional practice issues. She helped to develop an ongoing prospective data collection tool at CPHP to assess the impact of peer-assistance on providers’ personal, interpersonal, and professional lives. In addition, she has studied population-specific clinical issues in this group, such as suicide risk and cognitive impairment. Dr. Brooks currently serves as Co-PI on a marijuana evaluation project funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, with a focus on educational outreach efforts and patient-provider communication.
She has authored a variety of peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, training materials, and policy papers, and currently sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health. She is immediate past-Chair of the Telemental Health SIG, in the nation’s largest professional organization of telehealth professionals, the American Telemedicine Association. Throughout the year, Dr. Brooks guides graduate students in their MPH Capstone projects and teaches a course on the social determinates of health. In her spare time, Dr. Brooks can be found biking or skiing one of Colorado’s many mountains and – almost always - enjoying refreshing microbrew at the end of each adventure!
- Healthcare quality and access
- Clinician health and well-being
- Women veteran’s mental health
- Telehealth technologies
- PUBH 6955: MPH Capstone, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (in-person and online versions)
- CBHS 6610: Social and Behavioral Factors and Health, CU Anschutz
- PBHL 4099: Capstone Experience in Public Health, CU Anschutz
Current Research Projects:
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), Marijuana Prevention and Education Program Evaluation (Co-Investigator): Document the distribution and assess the utility and implementation of retail marijuana prevention and educational resources provided at CDPHE’s regional trainings, technical assistance program, and clinical marijuana guidelines CME module.
- Colorado Physician Health Program: Various projects in progress, currently physician cognitive evaluations, physician/resident suicide, and the impact of peer-assistance programs on professional, personal, and interpersonal outcomes
- PhD Health Services Research, University of Colorado Anschutz
- MS Psychology (clinical), Emporia State University
- BA Women’s Studies, University of Kansas