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Heather Taussig, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry


Dr. Heather Taussig is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is also the Associate Director of Clinical Research at the Kempe Center, where she has directed the Fostering Healthy Futures Program (FHF) since 2000. Dr. Taussig’s primary clinical and research interests focus on developing positive youth development programming, especially mentoring, to improve outcomes for children who have experienced maltreatment and foster care placement. She has conducted two NIH-funded randomized controlled trials of FHF and future plans include extending its reach through community-based implementation of FHF as well as the development of a mentoring program for teenagers. Dr. Taussig has also conducted longitudinal research on risk and protective factors, child welfare outcomes, and policy issues related to child maltreatment and foster care.

Dr. Taussig serves as the PhD Faculty Representative for the Department of Pediatrics and sits on the Biobehavioral and Behavioral Sciences Study Section at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She served on Colorado Governor Ritter’s Task Force on Foster Care and Permanence and participates in several community collaboratives. Dr. Taussig is an international awardee for her work on child abuse and neglect from the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Under Dr. Taussig’s leadership, the FHF program has received numerous federal, state, university, and foundation grants.  Dr. Taussig is widely published and lectures both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Taussig obtained her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program. She completed her clinical internship at Stanford University.

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