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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology

Randy Ross, MD

            Randy Ross, MD


Email: Dr. Ross


Randy Ross, MD

Professor and Vice Chair



Positions and  Employment

1987-1990       General Psychiatry Resident, University of Washington, Seattle, W.A. (full time).

1990-1993       Residency/Research Fellowship, (Child Psychiatry), University of Washington, Seattle, W.A. (full time).

1993-1995       Instructor Fellow, Division of Child Psychiatry, Dept. of Child Psychiatry, Univ. of Colo. Health Sci. Ctr., Denver, CO (part-time).

1993-1995       Fellowship, (Eye Movements in Children with and at Risk for Psychopathology).  Univ. of Colo. Health Sci. Ctr., Dept. of Psychiatry, Denver, CO. (part-time).

1993-1999       Consulting Psychiatrist, Mother's with Schizophrenia Parent Training Program, Univ. of Colo. Health Sci. Ctr., Denver, CO (part time).

1995-2001       Board Examiner - General and Child-and-Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

1995-2000       Assistant Professor, Division of Child Psychiatry, Univ. of Colo. Health Sci. Ctr., Denver, CO (full-time).

2000-2005       Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Univ. of Colo. Health Sci. Ctr., Denver, CO (full-time).

2002-Present  Director of Research and Research Training, Department of Psychiatry Univ. of Colo. Denver, Denver, CO.

2005-Present  Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Univ. of Colo. Denver, Denver, CO (full-time).

2008-Present  Director of Medical Student Research, School of Medicine, Univ. of Colo. Denver, Denver, CO (full-time)


1982 University of California Grants to Undergraduates

1987 Honors for Excellence in Research; Yale University School of Medicine

1991 American Association of Directors of Residency Training Charter Fellow

1992 Holmes' Scholarship Award

1995 Nominated, Elaine Schlosser Award (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), best published paper related to attention deficit disorder

1995 Awarded Robinson-Cunningham Award (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), best manuscript completed within 3 years of Child Psychiatry Training

1996 Outside Reviewer, Merit Review Committee, Veterans Administration

1997 Finalist, A.E. Bennet Award (Society for Biological Psychiatry), best manuscript by a young investigator

2002-2009    Reviewer, National Institute of Health Initial Review Groups



Teaching activities focus on integrating research training into the standard clinical curriculum over the entire course of medical training. Dr Ross directs several training programs:

  1. Medical Student Research Track – focused on the 10-15% of medical students most interested and capable of including research as part of their medical career. The program includes periods of intensive research training as well as periods where the research training is incorporated into the standard medical student curriculum.
  2. Department of Psychiatry Residency Integrated Track and Research Track. The Integrated Track is one of a limited number of demonstration training programs nationwide. The Integrated Tracks integrated clinical training in general psychiatry, clinical training in child-and-adolescent psychiatry, and research training into a single 5-6 year residency program. The Research Track is of similar design; however focused on general psychiatry and general psychiatry research questions.
  3. Developmental Psychobiology Research Group research post-doctoral fellowship. This NIMH-funded research fellowship has been continuously funded for over 30 years and focuses on teaching physicians, doctoral level clinicians, and doctoral level neuroscientists research skills in developmental psychobiology and psychopathology.



Dr Ross’ clinical work is primarily completed within the context of his research activities, where he focuses on providing diagnostic consultation on children and young adolescents with possible psychosis.


D. SCHOLARSHIP AND PUBLICATIONS  (selected out of 65 peer-reviewed publications)

Ross RG, Hommer DW, Breiger D, Varley C, Radant AD.  Eye movement task related to frontal lobe functioning in children with Attention Deficit Disorder.  J. Child Adoles. Psychiat., 33:869-874, 1994.

Ross RG, Olincy A, Harris JC, Radant AD, Adler LE, and Freedman R.  Anticipatory saccades during smooth pursuit eye movements and familial transmission of schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 8, 690-697 (1998).

Ross RG, Olincy A, Harris JC, Radant A, Hawkins M, Adler LE, Freedman R.  Evidence for bilineal inheritance of physiological indicators of risk in childhood-onset schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 8, 690-697 (1999).

Ross RG. Early expression of a pathophysiological feature of schizophrenia: Saccadic intrusions into smooth pursuit eye movements in school-age children vulnerable to schizophrenia. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(4), 468-476, 2003.

Kisley MA, Polk SD, Ross RG, Levisohn PM, Freedman R. Early postnatal development of sensory gating. Neuroreport 14(5): 693-697, 2003

Davalos DB, Kisley MA, Polk S, Ross RG, Freedman, R. Mismatch negativity in detection of deviant auditory interstimulus intervals in schizophrenia. Neuroreport, 14(9), 1283-6, 2003.

Ross RG, Schaeffer J, Compagnon N, Heinlein S, Beresford C, Farley G. Creating School-age versions of semistructured interviews for the prodrome to schizophrenia: Lessons from case reviews. Schizophrenia Bulletin 29(4), 729-736, 2003.

Freedman F, Olincy A, Ross RG, Waldo MC, Stevens KE, Adler LE, Leonard S. The genetics of sensory gating deficits in schizophrenia. Current Psychiatry Reports 5(2), 155-61, 2003

Freedman R, Ross RG, Leonard S, Worsley M, Adams C, Waldo M, Tregellas J, Martin L, Olincy A, Tanabe, J, Kisley M, Hunter S, Stevens K. Early biomarkers of psychosis. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience 7, 17-29, 2005

Ross RG, Heinlein S, Zerbe GO, Radant A. Saccadic eye movement deficit identifies cognitive deficits in children with schizophrenia, but not in unaffected child relatives. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry  46(12), 1354-1362, 2005.

Ross RG. Risk of psychosis/mania when using stimulants for the treatment of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 163(7):1149-1152, 2006.

Martin LF, Hall MH, Ross RG, Zerbe G, Freedman R, Olincy A. Physiology of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry 164(2):1900-1906, 2007.

Beresford C, Robinson J, Holmberg J, Ross RG. Story stem responses of preschoolers with mood disturbances. Attachment and Human Development 9:255-270, 2007.

Reaven, J. Hepburn, S. Ross RG. Use of ADOS and ADI-R in children with psychosis: Importance of clinical judgment. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 13:81-84, 2008.

Ross RG, Wagner B, Heinlein S, Zerbe G. The stability of inhibitory and working memory deficits in children and adolescents who are children of parents with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 34 (1): 47-51, 2008.

Hunter SK, Corral N, Ponicsan H, Ross RG. Reliability of p50 sensory auditory gating deficits in infants. Neuroreport , 19(1), 79-82 (2008).

Mexal S, Berger, R, Pearce L, Barton A, Logel J, Adams CE, Ross RG, Freedman R, Leonard S (2008) Regulation of a novel alphaN-catenin splice variant in schizophrenic smokers. American Journal of Medical Genetics: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 147B(6):759-768.

Ross RG, Greco-Sanders L, Laudenslager M, Reite M. (2009) An institutional post-doctoral research training program: Predictors of publication rate and federal funding success of its graduates. Academic Psychiatry, 33(3):234-240.

Ross RG, Stevens KE, Proctor WR, Leonard S, Kisley MA, Hunter SK, Freedman R, Adams CE (2009) Cholinergic mechanisms, early brain development, and risk for schizophrenia. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (in press)



NIMH (PI: R Ross)                                         07/01/97-12/31/09 (on no cost extension to 1/31/10)                                                

2 R01 MH56539                                

“Childhood Physiology and Risk for Schizophrenia”

This project will assess the impact of normal infant development, maternal smoking status, and  parental diagnosis of schizophrenia on P50 sensory gating.


NIMH  (Project 4 Director: R Ross)               07/01/09-06/30/14

(PI: R. Freedman,)                                                                             

5 P50 MH068582 (Silvio O. Conte Center)

“Molecular Neurobiology of Schizophrenia”

This proposed Center studies the effects of polymorphisms in genes related to schizophrenia, such as CHRNA7, on a variety of phenotypes associated with the illness.  These phenotypes include the expression of CHRNA7 and other genes in post mortem brain, the function of olfactory neurons, the hemodynamic response of the brain to complex stimuli, and sensory gating abnormalities in adults and in infants at risk for schizophrenia.


NIMH  (R Ross, Program Director)   07/01/07-06/30/11

T32 MH15442-30                                           

 Developmental Psychopathology, Psychobiology & Behavior

This training grant provides training to post-doctoral fellows for independent research careers related to developmental psychopathology and psychobiology.


NIMH  (R Ross, Program Director)               7/1/07-7/1/12  

R25 MH080859-01

“Training Medical Students to Become Child Psychiatry Researchers”

This training grant will support medical student to participate in research training during medical school. The focus of training will be in areas relevant to developmental psychobiology and psychopathology.


NIH (Sokol, PI)                                               5/19/08-4/30/13                      


Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Role: Key Component (Novel Methods) Director

The Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute will focus on four specific goals: transformation of the Institution transformation of the clinical and translational scientist, transformation of discovery translational research, and transformation of community translational research and practice.