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Idalia Massa, PhD

Instructor, Primary Care Psychology Fellow



3055 Roslyn Street, Suite 100

Denver, CO  80238​


303-724-9765 Office

720-848-9000 Clinic





Idalia Massa was born and raised in the rain forest mountains of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras with a major in psychology, followed by a Masters degree in developmental psychology at Columbia University, New York City. After her Master’s degree, Dr. Massa worked five years for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At DHHS, she served as a social scientist fellow for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH) and subsequently as a federal project officer for the Center for Mental Health Services (SAMHSA).
In 2006, Dr. Massa returned to school to obtain a PhD in school/child psychology at Texas A&M University. She chose A&M to train as a bilingual/cultural psychologist. Idalia completed her pre-doctoral internship at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, specializing in pediatric health psychology. There she rotated through a number of clinics including the inpatient psychiatric unit, outpatient psychiatry clinic, the primary care child health clinic, the intensive outpatient anxiety clinic, and the main hospital consultation and liaison program.
Currently, Dr. Massa is serving as a primary care psychology fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine. As a fellow, Dr. Massa serves as a member of the program office for the Advancing Care Together initiative, along with other projects. She is also working as a primary care behavioral health clinician for the A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center.

Honors and Awards:

  • Presidential Doctoral Fellowship Texas A&M University: Graduate Diversity Fellowship (2006-2009)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Outstanding Teamwork Award (8/2006)
  • U.S. DHHS Secretary Award for Distinguished Service for “mental health and substance treatment services following Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Wilma” (6/2006)
  • Real Admiral Kenneth Moritsugu, Deputy Surgeon General Commander’s Coin for Outstanding Public Service (7/2003)
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico (2000)
  • Ronald E. McNair Undergraduate Fellowship Award (1998-2000)


Health Disparities: My overall research interest is in improving the mental health care delivered to linguistically and culturally diverse populations using collaborative care models. Which include but is not limited to understanding and documenting the role that the integration of behavioral health in primary care settings can have in providing (behavioral/mental) health services to underserved groups.


Policy Implications: I am interested in the research, clinical, and financial/operational policy implications of integrating behavioral health in primary care settings.


Clinician (contracted by the Dpt of Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital Colorado) doing diagnostic evaluations for the pediatric-clinical-trials of the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).

Ad hoc peer reviewer for HRSA grants.

Clinician (Dpt. of Psychiatry, UC Denver School of Medicine), administering bilingual neuropsychological evaluation for a NIH funded research study (i.e., R21: Norms for the Assessment of Memory Impairment in English and Spanish Speaking Older Adults, PI: Josette G. Harris, Ph.D.).

  1. Massa, I., Miller, B.F., & Kessler, R. (2012). Collaborative Care Among Behavioral Health and NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Homes. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  2. Massa, I., (2011). Underrepresentation of Hispanic/Latino students identified with emotional disturbance in IDEIA: What's the teacher's role? Ph.D. Dissertation, Texas A&M University, United States -- Texas. Publication No. AAT 3486118).
  3. Massa, I., & Rivera, V. (2009). Wechsler Nonverbal Scale of Ability: Test Review. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 27, 426-432.