Dr. Garrity received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis in Physiological Psychology. Following the completion of the degree she did her post-doctoral training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Washington in Seattle and subsequently joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine. In 1983, she came to the University of Colorado as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Clinical Research Center Core Laboratory. In 1985 she worked with Dr. Ridgway to start the Clinical Endocrinology Laboratory was its director until the laboratory closed in 2005. Dr. Garrity's research interests have changed during her tenure at the University of Colorado . From 1983 -1990 her research interests involved the mechanisms of prostaglandin action on the hepatocyte. From 1990 until 2008, she worked with investigators in the Clinical Research Center Core Laboratory bringing the techniques of molecular biology to clinical research. She collaborates with CRC investigators on projects ranging from gene expression in pituitary tumors to gene chip analysis of human tumor samples in HIV. Her second area of research is in medical education. She was Associate Dean for Admissions in the school of Medicine from 1991 – 2002 with responsibilities for medical student scholarships, medical student advising and the Med Careers Program, in addition to admissions. In 2002 she was named Associate Dean for Student Affairs and is now responsible for all aspects of student life including academic and personal counseling, career advising, student organizations and for interfacing between students and faculty and administration. She served as the national chair on the Committee for Student Affairs in the AAMC from 2003 – 2006 and as Chair of the Western Group on Student Affairs in 2007. Dr. Garrity is now the vice-chair of the national Group on Student Affairs. She is working on research projects related to medical student success, medical student wellness and student career choice.