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Alison Heru, MD

Professor and Interim Chair

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Clinical/Research Interests:
Dr. Heru specializes in psychosomatic medicine, having a long standing interest in practicing and teaching family therapy as part of a biopsychosocial approach to patient care.
Curriculum Vitae

MBChB, Glasgow University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK 1977

1991-1996 Inpatient assistant unit chief, Butler Hospital, Providence, R.I.

1996- 2007 Inpatient unit chief, Butler Hospital, Providence, R.I. 

2005-present  Group for Advancement of Psychiatry,  Fellowship Committee; Family Committee 

2006-present  Secretary/Treasurer, Association of Family Psychiatrists 

2013-present Medical Director, Psychiatric Services, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Co.

2013-present Director for CME Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver 


Licensure:         Colorado Full License 

1991                 American Psychiatry and Neurology 

2008                 Psychosomatic Medicine

1988-1997         American Psychiatric Association

1984-present     Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK

1997-present     American Psychiatric Association: Fellow

2002-present     Association of Family Psychiatrists

2003-present     Association of Women Psychiatrists

2004-present     Association of Academic Psychiatry

2005-present     Group for Advancement of Psychiatry

2007-present     Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications (since 2005): 

Recupero PR, Cooney MC, Rayner C, Heru AM, Price M. Supervisor-trainee relationship boundaries in medical education. Medical Teacher. 27(6):484-88, 2005. 

Recupero PR, Strong D, Rayner C, Heru AM, Price M, Cooney MC. Resident and faculty perceptions of appropriate supervisor trainee boundaries in medical education. Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education. 11(2):91-94, 2005. 

Heru AM. Ryan CE, Madrid H. Psychoeducation for caregivers of patients with chronic mood disorders. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. 69(4):331-40, 2005. 

Berman E, Heru AM. Family systems training in psychiatric residencies. Family Process. 44 (3): 321-336, 2005. 

Heru AM. Pink collar medicine: women and the future of medicine. Journal of Gender Issues. 22(1): 20-34, 2005. 

Heru AM. Psychotherapy supervision and ethical boundaries in directions in psychiatry. 26, Lesson 6:79-87, Hatherleigh 

Rainey SE, Stuart GS, Heru AM, Recupero PR, Short Y. Intimate partner violence. Lancet. 368(9549):1765, 2006. 

Heru AM, Drury L.  Overcoming Barriers in Working with Families. Academic Psychiatry. 30:379-84, 2006. 

Heru AM, Strong D, Prince M, Recupero PR. Self-disclosure in psychotherapy supervisors: gender differences. American Journal of Psychotherapy. 60(4):323-34 2006. 

Heru AM, Ryan CE. Caregivers of patients with dementia, one-year follow-up. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. 70(3):222-31, 2006. 

Heru AM. Understanding families from criticalness to resilience. Medicine and Health. 89(5):178-79, 2006. 

Heru AM. Family psychiatry: from research to practice. American Journal of Psychiatry. 163: 962-68, 2006. 

Heru AM, Stuart GL, Eyres J, Rainey S, Recupero PR. Prevalence and severity of intimate partner violence and associations with family functioning and alcohol abuse in psychiatric inpatients with suicidal intent. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 67:23-9, 2006. 

Committee on the familyGroup for the Advancement of Psychiatry.  Family Skills for General Psychiatry Residents: meeting ACGME core competency requirements. Academic Psychiatry. 30(1):69-78, 2006. 

Heru AM, Stuart GL, Recupero PR. Family functioning in suicidal inpatients with intimate partner violence.  Primary Care Companion.  J Clin Psychiatry. 9(6): 413-8, 2007. 

Heru AM. Effective Treatments for patients with intimate partner violence. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. 13:376-83, 2007. 

Committee on the family, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, Family-oriented patient care through the residency training cycle. Academic Psychiatry. 32:111-118, 2008. 

Heru AM & Berman EM. Family Meetings and Integrated Patient Care Commentary:  Medical Family Therapy in an Inpatient Setting. Families Systems and Health 2008; 26 (2):181-18. 

Heru AM Intimate Partner Violence, Psychiatric Times, August 2008, 25 (9) 61-67. 

Heru AM Involving Families in Patient Care. Hatherleigh Company. Long Island City, New York, 2008. 

Heru AM, Gagne G, Strong, D. Medical Student Mistreatment Results in Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress, Academic Psychiatry, August 2009. 

Heru AM, Berman E, Sargent J. Lifting the veil. Psychiatric Serv. 2010 May;61(5):531-2 

Heru AMTeaching Psychosomatic Medicine using problem-based learning and role-playing. Academic Psychiatry, Issue 4 (July-August), 2011. 

Heru AM Improving Marital Quality in Women with Medical Illness: Integration of Evidence-based Programs into Clinical Practice. Journal of Psychiatric Practice2010;16:297–305.

Heru AM, Drury LM. Developing Family Resilience in Chronic Psychiatric Illnesses. Medicine and Health Rhode Island. 24 (3), 2011.
Heru AM. Teaching Psychosomatic Medicine using problem-based learning and roleplaying.  Academic Psychiatry, Issue 4 (July-August), 2011.

Heru AM. Working with families with psychiatric illnesses: a focus on resilience, Directions in psychiatry, 31(9):113-124, 2011.

Heru AM, Glick, I.D Family Therapy the neglected core competence Academic Psychiatry, 36 (6), 433-5, 2012

Heru AM, Role Play in Medical Education to Address Student Mistreatment, Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:177-181.

Heru AM, Family-centered care in the out-patient general psychiatry clinic. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. J. of Psychiatric Practice, 21 (5): 381-88.

Davis RA et al. (2017). Disambiguating the Psychiatric Sequelae of Parkinson's Disease, Deep Brain Stimulation, and Life Events: Case Report and Literature Review.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 174(1), 11-15.