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Marilyn E. Coors, PhD 
    Marilyn E. Coors, PhD


Education II North, Rm. 5232
Phone:  303-724-3993
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Marilyn E. Coors, PhD

Associate Professor



Positions and Employment:

Doctoral Fellowship, Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Program in Human Medical Genetics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1998-2000

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Denver, 1998-2001

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Denver, 2007-Present  



Honorary Doctor of Public Service, Regis University, 1991     

Mary Sinclair Ware Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation , Denver University, 1998         

Alumnae Achievement Award, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, 2006               


Teaching Activities:

Medical Students

  • Facilitator and Steering Committee Member, Campus Wide Ethics Course: Ethics in the Health Professions (PRMD 5000): 1998-Present
  • Facilitator, Professionalism Issues in Short White Coats: Clerkship Coping Strategies, Transitions to Third Year: 2005-Present
  • Facilitator, Campus Wide Orientation on Professionalism, 2002-Present
  • Facilitator, Cadaver as First Patient (IDPT5001), Human Body Block, 2005-Present
  • Facilitator and Developed Materials, Stem Cells and Ethics (IDPT5002) Molecules to Medicine Block Bench to Bedside, 2005
  • Facilitator, Research Ethics (IDPT5002), Molecules to Medicine Block Bench to Bedside, 2005-Present
  • Facilitator, Animal Research Ethics (IDPT5002), Molecules to Medicine Block Bench to Bedside, 2005-Present
  • Lecturer, Back to Basics (IDPT8005), Frontiers in Medicine: Reality and Hope for Stem Cells and Gene Therapy, 2008
  • Lecturer, Integrated Clinician’s Course (IDPT 8005), Transition to Residency and Beyond: Ethical Issues Surrounding Stem Cell Science, 2008-Present


  • Co-Director, Professional Ethics in Psychiatry for PGY II Resident (Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program): 2006-Present
  • Co-Director, Professional Ethics in Psychiatry for PGY III Residents (Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program): 2004-2007

Nursing Students

  • Instructor Online Course, Ethics and Genetics: Caring for Children with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions (NURS6483): 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008.
  • Developed the online Module 2: Foundations of Ethical Decision Making

Basic Science Students

  • Lecturer and Facilitator, Ethics in Research (PHCL 7605): 2004-Present
  • Lecturer, Genomics and Ethics (HMGP7620): 2002-2005
  • Lecturer, Intensive Advanced Bioethics and Responsible Conduct of Research (CLSC 7155): Summer 2005
  • Lecturer, Practical Application of Molecular and Cell Biology Techniques for the Clinical Investigator (CLSC7500): 2003


Clinical Activities:

Member, University of Colorado Hospital Ethics Committee, 1998-Present  

Member, University of Colorado Hospital Ethics Consultation Subcommittee, 1998-Present



Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Brandom, W. F.; Saccomanno, G.; Archer, V. E.; Archer, G.; Coors, M.E. Chromosome aberrations in uranium miners occupationally exposed to 222 radon. Radiation Research, v. 52, no.1 (1972): 204-15.

Coors, Marilyn E. Therapeutic cloning: From consequences to contradictions. The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, v. 27, no.3 (June 2002): 297-317.

Coors, Marilyn E. A foucauldian foray into the new genetics. Journal of Medical Humanities, v. 24, nos. 3 and 4 (Winter 2003): 279-289.

Coors, Marilyn E. and Hunter, L. Evaluation of genetic enhancement: Will human wisdom properly acknowledge the value of evolution? The American Journal of Bioethics, v. 5, no. 3 (May-June 2005): 21-22.

Coors, Marilyn E. and Townsend, S. Supporting pregnant women through difficult decisions: A case of prenatal diagnosis of Osteogenesis Imperfecta. The Journal of Clinical Ethics, v. 17, no. 3 (Fall 2006): 266-274.

Coors, Marilyn E., Levinson, A., Huitt, G. Anxiety related to genetic testing for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and cystic fibrosis in COPD and/or bronchiectasis patients. Community Genetics, v.11, no. 3 (2008): 135-140.

Coors, Marilyn E., Susan K. Mikulich-Gilbertson, Susan K., Raymond, Kristen M., Stover, Shannon K., Tapert, Susan F., Brown, Sandra A., Crowley, Thomas J. Directives for retained DNA: preferences of adolescent patients with substance and conduct problems and their siblings. American Journal of Bioethics, v. 8, no. 10 (2008):77-79.

Coors, Marilyn E. and Kristen M. Raymond. Substance use disorder genetic research: investigators and participants grapple with the ethical issues. Psychiatric Genetics, v. 19, no. 2 (2009): 83-90.


Grants and Contracts:

Active Research Grants

Hewitt PI, Coors I - NIH/NIDA 2P60 DA011015-11A1, 05/01/09-02/28/14  

Center on Antisocial Drug Dependence: The Genetics of HIV Risk Behaviors

Role: Ethics in Core A (12% effort).

Center representing the University of Colorado’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics, Division of Substance Dependence and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. This center conducts research in antisocial drug dependence, human behavioral genetics and HIV Risk Behaviors.


Coors PI - Alpha-1 Research Foundation, 8/07-7/10

Alpha-1 genetic testing of at risk children: Ethical, legal and social components of informed consent

Role: (30% effort)


Sokol PI, Coors I - NIH 1 U54 RR025217-01, 6/1/08 - 4/30/09

Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute

Role: Ethics Core (5% effort)

The program incorporates a broad reaching intra and inter-institutional comprehensive program to enhance translational clinical research, training of clinical translational scientists, and collaboration with the communities of the state of Colorado and the surrounding region. The ethics core provides ongoing education, consulting and mentoring to support the mission of the Institute.


Completed Research Grants

Sharp PI, Coors I - Alpha-1 Foundation, 2/01-6/02

Patient perspectives on the role of consumer advocacy groups                     

Role: (10% effort)


Coors PI - Alpha-1 Foundation, 7/01-6/02

An evidence based approach to informed consent in alpha-1

Role: (20% effort)


Crowley PI, Coors Pilot Project PI - NIH/NIDA  2 P60 DA 011015, 8/01/1997-4/30/2008

Center for Antisocial Drug Dependence: Genetics

Comp 6 Pilot Projects

Ethics infrastructure for substance use disorder research: Cross disciplinary research

Role: (20% effort) 7/05-7/06