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Alison Heru, MD
           Alison Heru, MD


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Alison Heru, MD

Professor and Interim Chair

Positions and Employment:

1984  Residency Training, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

1987  Residency Training, Brown University, Providence, RI

1989  PGY-1 Internship, Brown University, Providence, RI

1988-1994  Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Brown University, Providence, RI

1994-1996  Acting Associate Director, Residency Program, Department of Psychiatry, Brown University, Providence, RI

1994-2003  Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Brown University, Providence, RI

2003-2004  Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Brown University, Providence, RI

2004-2007  Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Clinical), Brown University Medical School, Providence, RI

2007-2015 Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO.

2007-2012  Associate Professor of Medicine, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO

2015-present  Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

2016-present  Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

Other Experience and Professional Memberships:

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

1996  Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

1996  Brown University Residency in Psychiatry Excellence in Teaching Award

2001  Brown University Medical School Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award

2002  Brown University School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award

2003  Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

2004  Certificate to Attend American Association of Medical Colleges Mid-Career Development Conference

2004  NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award

2005  Care New England Care Award Patient Family Initiative

2008  Teacher Scholar Award University of Colorado Denver



Course Director

2007-2010  Psychosomatic Medicine seminars for University of Colorado Denver residents

2008-present  Psychosomatic Fellowship Director, UCH and NJH

2010-present Co-director of Ethics Course for PGY2 University of Colorado Denver psychiatry residents

Has also taught Psychiatry PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents in Introduction to Family Therapy, Psychosomatic Medicine, Family Psychiatry, BioEthics Course, and Psychotherapy Scholars: Family Psychiatry.



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 family, Group 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 AM. Teaching 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 Practice. 2010;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.