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 Dr. Douglas Novins
       Douglas K. Novins, MD


Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Bldg., Rm. 354

Phone:  303-724-1472

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Douglas K. Novins, MD



Positions and Employment:

Internship, New York University, New York, NY, 1988

General Psychiatry Residency, New York University, New York, NY, 1991

Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, 1990-1991      

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, 1994

Instructor/Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 1994-1995      

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 1995-2001      

Affiliated Assistant Professor, Doctoral Program in Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado at Denver, 1997-2000      

Associate Professor with Tenure (2003), Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2001-2010 

Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Community and Behavioral Sciences, Colorado School of Public Health [secondary academic appointment], 2009-Present

Professor with Tenure, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2010-Present

Vice Chair & Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2012-Present


Other Experience and Professional Memberships:

Director, Circles of Care Evaluation Technical Assistance Center, 1997-Present 

Postdoctoral Research Faculty, Developmental Psychobiology Research Group, 2000-Present 

Consultant (Cultural/Community Issues), National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine, Committee on Developing a Strategy to Reduce and Prevent Underage Drinking, 2002-2004      

2006-Present  Chair, Continuing Medical Education Committee, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.

2006-Present  Chair, Faculty Practice Committee, Department of Psychiatry

Acting Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Children’s Hospital (Denver; January-June), 2008               

Acting Head, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (January-June), 2008               

Director, Native American and TeleHealth Programs, 2009-Present 

Chair, Department of Psychiatry Self-Study Committee, 2009-Present 

Cannon Y & Lyndia Harvey Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2012-present

Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Children's Hospital Colorado, 2012-present 



Presidential Scholar Award, Innovative Service Systems Category, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1993

Scientist Development Award for Clinicians (K-20), National Institute of Mental Health, 1995   

Robinson-Cunningham Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1997   

Appointed to Editorial Board, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2004   

Dane Prugh Award for “Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,” Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, 2006   


Selected Teaching Activities:

Co-Course Director, Introduction to Telepsychiatry, 2009-Present. 

    • A six session, asynchronous, web-based course reviewing the use of videoconferencing to provide mental health services with a particular emphasis on serving children and adolescents.

Evaluation Technical Assistance, Circles of Care Evaluation Technical Assistance Center, 1998-Present

    • A $37,500,000 initiative funded by the Federal Center for Mental Health Services, Circles of Care funds 31 American Indian communities to develop strategic plans for improving their mental health services for their children and adolescents
    • Technical Assistance Presentations/Workshops at Circles of Care Bidders Conferences, Grantee and Evaluator Meetings, Webinars, and Conference Calls (3-6 hours each presentation/workshop; with
    • Technical Assistance Site Visits (1½ day visits to grantees for intensive, individualized evaluation technical assistance)


Selected Clinical Activities:

Psychiatric assessment, psychopharmacologic management, and clinical supervision, Ernie Turner Center, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Anchorage, AK (4 hours per week)

Clinical supervision for practitioners serving Alaska Native adolescents and adults, 2009-Present

    • Ongoing supervision of non-psychiatric substance abuse and mental health professionals (1-2 hours per week).



Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

1.    Novins DK, Harman CP, Mitchell CM, Manson SM (1996) Factors Associated with the Receipt of Alcohol Treatment Services Among American Indian Adolescents.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  35:110-117.

2.    Novins DK, Bechtold DW, Sack WH, Thompson J, Carter DR, Manson SM (1997) The DSM-IV Outline for Cultural Formulation:  A Critical Demonstration with American Indian Children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 36:1244-1251.

3.    Novins DK, Mitchell CM (1998) Factors Associated with Marijuana Use Among American Indian Teenagers. Addiction. 93:1693-1702.

4.    Novins DK, Duclos CW, Martin C, Jewett CS, Manson SM (1999) Utilization of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Treatment Services Among American Indian Adolescent Detainees. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 38:1102-1108.

5.    Novins DK, Beals J, Roberts RE, Manson SM (1999) Factors Associated with Suicidal Ideation Among American Indian Adolescents:  Does Culture Matter? Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 29:332-346.

6.    Novins DK, Beals, J, Sack, WH, Manson, SM (2000) Unmet Needs for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Among Northern Plains American Indian Adolescents. Psychiatric Services. 51:1045-1047.

7.    Novins DK, Beals J, Mitchell CM (2001) Sequences of Substance Use Among American Indian Adolescents.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 40:1168-1174.

8.    Spicer P, Beals J, Mitchell CM, Novins DK, Manson SM (2003) The Prevalence of Alcohol Dependence in Two American Indian Reservation Communities. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 27:1785-1797.

9.    Novins DK, Barón A (2004) Indian Adolescent Substance Use:  The Hazards for Progression for Adolescents Ages 14 to 20. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43:316-324.

10.  Novins DK, Beals J, Moore L, Spicer P, Manson SM (2004) Use of Biomedical Services and Traditional Healing Options Among American Indians: Sociodemographic Correlates, Spirituality, and Ethnic Identity. Medical Care, 42:670-679.

11.  Freeman B, Iron Cloud-Two Dogs E, Novins DK, LeMaster PL (2004) Contextual Issues for Strategic Planning and Evaluation of Systems of Care for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: An Introduction to Circles of Care. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 11(2):1-29.

12.  Novins DK, LeMaster PL, Jumper Thurman P, Plested B (2004) Describing Community Needs: Examples from the Circles of Care Initiative.  American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. 11(2):42-58.

13.  Beals J, Novins DK, Spicer P, Orton HD, Manson SM (2004) Challenges in operationalizing the DSM-IV clinical significance criteria.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 61:1197-1207.

14.  Beals J, Novins DK, Whitesell NR, Spicer P, Mitchell CM, Manson SM (2005) Mental Health Disparities:  Prevalence of Mental Disorders and Attendant Service Utilization of Two American Indian Reservation Populations in a National Context. American Journal of Psychiatry. 162:1723-32

15.  Gnanadesikan M, Novins DK, Beals J (2005) Gender, Trauma Characteristics, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in a Community Sample of American Indian Adolescents and Young Adults. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 66:1176-83

16.  Fickenscher A, Novins DK, Beals J (2006) A Pilot Study of Motivation and Treatment Completion Among American Indian Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment.  Journal of Addictive Behaviors, 31:1402–1414.

17.  Novins DK, Fickenscher A, Manson SM (2006) American Indian Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment:  Psychiatric Diagnostic Status.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 30:275-84.

18.  Deters P, Novins DK, Fickenscher A, Beals J (2006) Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Among American Indian Adolescents in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76:335–345.

19.  Whitesell NR, Beals J, Mitchell CM, Novins DK, Spicer P, O’Connell J, Manson SM (2007) Marijuana Initiation in two American Indian Reservation Communities:  Comparison to a National Sample.  American Journal of Public Health, 97:1311-1319.

20.  Novins DK, Beals J, Croy C, Manson SM (2008) Methods for Measuring Utilization of Mental Health Services Among American Indians.  International Journal for Methods in Psychiatric Research, 17:159-173.


Selected Grants and Contracts:

SAMHSA/Walter R McDonald and Associates - 280-06-0135 (DK Novins, PI), 6/01/2009-7/15/2010

Circles of Care Evaluation Technical Assistance Center

The goals of this contract are as follows: 1) develop and coordinate the cross-site evaluation for all grantees funded through the Circles of Care IV program; 2) provide direct evaluation technical assistance to individual Circles of Care IV grantees; and 3) work cooperatively with the program technical assistance provider to coordinate evaluation technical assistance.


NIDA - R01 DA022239 (DK Novins, PI), 5/15/2008-2/28/2012

Evidence-Based Practices and Substance Abuse Treatment for Native Americans

The specific aims of this project are as follows: 1) to describe the use of specific Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) in substance abuse treatment programs serving AI/AN communities; 2) to describe the factors associated with the decision to implement EBPs in these programs; and 3) to identify methods for more effective dissemination of EBPs to substance abuse treatment programs serving AI/AN communities.

Role:  Principal Investigator


SAMHSA/ Human Resources Research Organization - 63078618 (DK Novins, PI) 07/01/2007-12/31/2009

Telemental Health:  A Resource Guide for Policymakers, Administrators, and Consumers and Service Demonstration Program

The deliverables for this program are as follows: 1) To develop, test, and disseminate the results of a project demonstrating the innovative use of TeleHome Care for the delivery of services to targeted rural American Indian communities; and 2) To construct and maintain a “TeleMental Health Development Guide” that addresses the needs of clinicians, program administrators, and especially consumers.


UPI Contract – Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. - CITCIPSY (DK Novins, PI) 10/01/2006-9/30/2010

TelePsychiatry Consultation and Treatment Service

The objectives of this service are to provide psychiatric services to patients being treated at the Ernie Turner Center, a residential substance abuse treatment program for Alaska Natives, and to provide ongoing consultation and supervision of the behavioral health clinicians at this treatment program.


NIMH - R34 MH077872 (DK Novins, PI), 9/21/2006-6/30/2010

Intervention Development for Traumatized American Indian Adolescents

Goals are to: 1) assess the relevance, feasibility, and sustainability of potential interventions for traumatized adolescents with comorbid substance use problems who are served by the Jack Brown Center; 2) target the highest ranked interventions for subsequent development and pilot testing; and 3) describe and analyze this investigative process itself so that the methods that emerge can be used for similar intervention development efforts in Al and non-AI communities.

Role:  Principal Investigator


HHS/ACF - 05 AIH 002 (M. Sarche, PI), 9/1/2005-8/31/2010

The National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Research

This project seeks to develop community-based participatory research in early childhood education in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Role: Associate Director for Research Methods


Completed Grants and Contracts (Selected)

NIMH - K20 MH01253 (DK Novins, PI), 


Comorbidity and Treatment Paths for American Indian Adolescents

The major goals of this project are 1) Determine the effects of comorbid psychiatric disorders as well as individual, social network and service system characteristics on treatments received and treatment pathways for American Indian adolescents who receive residential substance abuse treatment.  2) Determine the effects of types of treatment received, treatment pathways, and the characteristics listed above (diagnostic, individual, social network, and organizational) on treatment outcome for this population.

Role:  Principal Investigator


NIAAA - R01 AA013800 (DK Novins, PI),

9/1/2002 – 7/31/2006

Alcohol Health Disparities in 2 Indian Populations

The goal of this project was to describe disparities in the epidemiology of alcohol use and alcohol use disorders across 2 AI population-based samples of 15-54 year-olds as well as between these 2 AI samples and samples representative of the US general population.

Role:  Principal Investigator