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 Susan K. Mikulich-Gilbertson, PhD

Susan K. Mikulich-Gilbertson, PhD

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Susan Mikulich-Gilbertson, PhD



Positions and Employment:

1990-1993     Professional  Research Assistant, (ARTS), Director of Data Management & Analysis, (ARTS)     

1994-1997     Senior Professional Research Asst, (ARTS), Director of Data Management & Analysis, (ARTS)

1997-2000     Instructor, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Director of Biometrics and Informatics for Clinical Research, ARTS

2001-2008     Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, Primary Appointment,  Director of Biostatistics, Division of Substance Dependence Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Secondary Appointment

2008-2017     Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Department of Psychiatry, Primary Appointment, & Director of Biostatistics, Division of Substance Dependence Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Secondary Appointment

2017 - present    Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Department of Psychiatry, Primary Appointment, Director of Biostatistics, Division of Substance Dependence, & Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, Secondary Appointment


2009     Drug and Alcohol Dependence Award for Top 10 Cited Paper during 2006-2008

2004     National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Women and Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award for the CPDD meeting in San Juan Puerto Rico

2002     7th Annual University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry Junior Faculty Poster Session:  1st Place in Basic Science Research

2001     College on Problems of Drug Dependence Early Investigator Award

2000     Outstanding Doctoral Biometrics Graduate Student: Strother S. Walker Award

1997     University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Graduate School Doctoral Fellowship

1997     International Biometric Society Western North American Region Student Paper Competition:  1st Place in Oral Presentation

1996     Outstanding Master’s Biometrics Graduate Student: Maurice Davies Award

1989     Graduated Summa Cum Laude: Neuropsychology and Psychology

1989     Graduated with Distinction and Honors in Liberal Arts:  Bachelor’s degree





Course Title

Course Description

Fall Sem.


IDPT 6001

Basic Psychiatry Sequence: Neuroscience Block

An integrated 8 week longitudinal small-group curriculum based on readings, lectures, patient interviews, writing and presentations

Fall Sem. 2016

IDPT 6002

Basic Psychiatry Sequence: DEMS Block

An integrated 3 week longitudinal small-group curriculum based on readings, lectures, patient interviews, writing and presentations (Digestive, Endocrine, Metabolism)

Spring Sem. 2017

IDPT 5005

Basic Psychiatry Sequence: CVPR Block

An integrated 4 week longitudinal small-group curriculum based on readings, lectures, patient interviews, writing and presentations (Anxiety; Depression; Suicide/Cardiac, Pulmonary, Renal with depression/anxiety)

Selected Mentorship:

  • 2012-2013, 2013-present    Manish Dalwani M.S. Biostatistics, career, statistical, and thesis mentor career, statistical, and doctoral dissertation committee member, in progress, currently Senior Instructor 
  • 2013 Summer     Matthew Leffingwell, STAR student
  • 2013-2015    Kat Belendiuk Ph.D. DPRG postdoctoral fellow
  • 2013-2016    Brandie Wagner, Ph.D., career mentor, currently Research Associate Professor
  • 2014-2016    Mary Agnes McMahon, M.S.C.S. (Clinical Science Program), committee member, graduated
  • 2015-2016    Ruth Huhn, M.D., Addiction fellow, currently Instructor
  • 2013-Present    Timothy Sannes Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, K applicant, career and statistical mentor, in progress
  • 2015-Present    Stephanie Grim, M.S.C.S. (Clinical Science Program), committee member, in progress
  • 2015-Present    Karsten Bartels, M.D., K applicant and recipient, career and statistical mentor, in progress
  • 2016-Present    Alan Kong, pre-medical student, student worker, career and statistical mentor, in progress
  • 2016-Present     Amy Yule, M.D. NIDA AACAP K12 awardee statistical mentor, in progress


Ongoing Grants and Contracts

NIH/NIDA, R01 DA035804-03

Genetics and progression of Early-Onset Substance Dependence and HIV Risk

4/15/2014 - 1/31/2019

Role: Co-Investigator

Colo. Dept. of Public Health & Environment

Do Adolescents and Young Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Benefit from Use of Marijuana?

10/10/2015 - 10/1/2018

Role: Co-Investigator

National Palliative Care Research Center

A Randomized Controlled Trila of Mobilized Psychoeducation and Skills Based Intervention (Pep-Pal) for Caregivers of Patients with Advanced Illness

6/1/2016 - 6/1/2018

Role: Statistician and Mentor

NIH/NIDA, K23 DA040923-01A1

Improving Opioid Prescription Safety After Surgery

8/1/2016 - 7/31/2021

Role: Statistician and Mentor

 Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications (out of 74 total publications):

Warden D, Riggs PD, Min SJ, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Tamm L, Trello-Rishel K, Winhusen T. Major depression and treatment response in adolescents with ADHD and substance use disorders. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 120(1-3), 214-9, 2012 [PMID:21885210 PMCID: PMC3245790].

Thompson LL, Claus ED, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Banich MT, Crowley TJ, Krmpotich T, Miller D, Tanabe J.  Negative reinforcement learning is affected in substance dependence. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 123(1-3), 84-90, 2012 [PMID:22079143 PMCID:PMC3292654].

Sakai JT, Dalwani M, Gelhorn HL, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Crowley TJ. A behavioral test of accepting benefits that cost others: association with conduct problems and callous unemotionality. PLoS ONE, 2012, 7(4):e36158, [PMID:22558367 PMCID:PMC3338604].

Tanabe J, York P, Krmpotich T, Miller D, Dalwani M, Sakai JT, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Thompson L, Claus E, Banich M, Rojas DC.  Insula and orbitofrontal cortical morphology in substance dependence is modulated by gender.  American Journal of Neuroradiology, 34(6), 1150-6, 2013. [PMID 23153869].

Thurstone C., Salomonsen-Sautel  S, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Hartman  CA, Sakai JT, Hoffenberg AS , McQueen MB, Min S, Crowley TJ, Corley RP, Hewitt JK, Hopfer CJ. Prevalence and predictors of injection drug use and risky behaviors among adolescents in substance treatment. American Journal on Addictions, 22, 558-565, 2013 [PMID: 24131163].

Simoneau TL, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Natvig C, Kilbourn K, Spradley J, Grzywa-Cobb R, Philips S, McSweeney P, and Laudenslager ML. Elevated peri-transplant distress in caregivers of allogeneic blood or marrow transplant patients.  Psycho-Oncology, 22(9), 2064-70, 2013 [PMID:2344099].

Hopfer C, Salomonsen-Sautel S, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Min S, McQueen M, Crowley TJ, Young S, Corley R, Sakai J, Thurstone C, Hoffenberg A, Hartman C, Hewitt J.  Conduct Disorder and Initiation of Substance Use: A Prospective Longitudinal Study.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 52(5), 511-5183.e4, 2013. [PMID: 23622852 ]

Perry RI, Krmpotich T, Thompson LL, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Banich MT, Tanabe J. Sex modulates approach systems and impulsivity in substance dependence.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 133(1), 222-7, 2013,  [PMID:23725607].

Dalwani MS, Tregellas JR, Andrews-Hanna JR, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Raymond KM, Banich MT, Crowley TJ, Sakai JT. Default mode network activity in male adolescents with conduct and substance use disorder.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 134, 242-50, 2014 [PMID:24210423].

Coors ME, Raymond KM, McWilliams SK, Hopfer CJ, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK.  What adolescents enrolled in genomic addiction research want to know about conflicts of interest. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 147, 272-275, 2014[DOI:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.12.004]

Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Wagner BD, Riggs PD, Zerbe GO.  On estimating and testing associations between random coefficients from multivariate generalized linear mixed models of longitudinal outcomes.  Statistical Methods in Medical Research, 0(0) 1–16, 2015, [DOI: 10.1177/0962280214568522].

Coors ME, Raymond KM, McWilliams SK, Hopfer CJ, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK.  Adolescent perspectives on the return of individual results in genomic addiction research. Psychiatric Genetics, 25(3), 127-130, 2015, [DOI: 10.1097/YPG.0000000000000083]

Wagner BD, Riggs PD, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK.  The importance of distribution-choice in modeling substance use data: a comparison of negative binomial, beta binomial, and zero-inflated distributions.  American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 41(6) 489-497, 2015, DOI:10.3109/00952990.2015.1056447 [PMID: 26154448 PMCID: PMC4692373]

Krmpotich T, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Sakai J, Reynolds J, Thompson L, Banich M, Tanabe J. Impaired decision-making, higher impulsivity, and drug severity in substance dependence and pathological gambling. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 9(4), 273-280, 2015, [DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000129].

Laudenslager ML, Simoneau TL, Kilbourn K, Natvig C, Philips S, Spradley J, Benitez P, McSweeney P, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK.   A randomized control trial of a psychosocial intervention for caregivers of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients: Effects on distress.  Bone Marrow Transplantation, 50(8), 1110-1118, 2015, [PMID: 25961767 PMCID PMC4529395].

Dalwani MS, McMahon MA, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Young SE, Regner MF, Raymond KM, McWilliams SK, Banich MT, Tanabe JL, Crowley TJ, Sakai JT. Female adolescents with severe substance and conduct problems have substantially less brain gray matter volume.  PLoS ONE 10(5): e0126368, 2015 [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126368].

Chumachenko SY, Sakai JT, Dalwani MS, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Dunn R, Tanabe J, Young S, McWilliams SK, Banich MT, Crowley TJ. Brain cortical thickness in male adolescent patients with serious substance and conduct problems. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 41(5), 414-424,2015, [DOI:10.3109/00952990.2015.105838].

Sannes TS, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Benitez PA, Philips SJ, Natvig CL, Laudenslager ML. Intraindividual cortisol variability and psychological functioning in caregivers of hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78(2), 242-247, 2016, [DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000272] PMID: 26569536

Crowley TJ, Dalwani MS, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Young SE, Sakai JT, Raymond KM, McWilliams SK, Roark MJ, Banich MT.  Adolescents' neural processing of risky decisions: effects of sex and behavioral disinhibition. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0132322, 2015 [DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0132322].

Sakai JT, Dalwani MS, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, McWilliams SK, Raymond KM, Crowley TJ.  A Behavioral Measure of Costly Helping: Replicating and Extending the Association with Callous Unemotional Traits in Male Adolescents. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0151678, 2016 [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151678, PMID: 26977935].

Boulos PK, Dalwani MS, Tanabe J, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Banich MT, Crowley TJ, Sakai JT. Brain Cortical Thickness Differences in Adolescent Females with Substance Use Disorders. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0152983, 2016 [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152983].

Sannes TS, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, Natvig CL, Brewer BW, Philips SJ, Simoneau TL, Laudenslager ML. Caregiver Sleep and Patient Neutrophil Engraftment in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Secondary Analysis. Cancer Nursing, in press. PMID: 27922914

Coors ME, Raymond KM, Hopfer CJ, Sakai J, McWilliams SK, Young S, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK. Adolescents with substance use disorder and assent/consent: Empirical data on understanding biobank risks in genomic research. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Feb 1;159:267-71. PubMed PMID: 26774949