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           Joseph Sakai, MD


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Joseph Sakai, MD

Associate Professor


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS, PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS, AND HONORS

Positions and Employment:

Community Medicine Internship, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Affiliated Hospitals (UCHSC; 1997-98)

Resident in Psychiatry, UCHSC (1998-2001)

Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, UCHSC (50% time; 2001-2003)

Research fellowship with the Center for Antisocial Drug Dependence Genetics and Treatment (50% time; 2001-2003)

Developmental Psychobiology Research Group Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – NIMH  grant 5T32MH15442 (2003-2004)

Instructor-Fellow, Division of Substance Dependence, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine (2002-2004)

Associate Director of Adolescent Psychiatric Services, Synergy Programs, Addiction Research and Treatment Services, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2003-2006)

Assistant Professor, Division of Substance Dependence, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2004-2011)

Director of Adolescent Psychiatric Services, Addiction Research and Treatment Services, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2006-present)

Associate Director, Medical Student Education, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine (2009-2016)

Associate Professor, Division of Substance Dependence, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2011-present)

Director of Medical Student Education, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Schoo of Medicine (2016-present)


Other Experience and Professional Memberships: 

Diplomat in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2002

Added Qualifications – Addiction Psychiatry, 2004


Honors:

Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1997

College on Problems of Drug Dependence Early Career Investigator Travel Award, 2001

Alcohol Medical Scholars Program (Marc A. Schuckit, M.D., Director), 2003-2005


TEACHING ACTIVITIES

Dr. Sakai serves as the Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Psychiatry. This curriculum includes the pre-clinical psychiatry sequence, the third year 4-week Psychiatry Care Block, and fourth year electives in Psychiatry. Dr. Sakai is also actively involved with the direction of the Psychiatry Interest Group, a student run group, which provides lectures and activities throughout the academic year. He is also active in teaching residents and fellows in psychiatry by supervising clinical rotations and providing lectures/directing didactic courses in the intern and third year of the psychiatric residency.


CLINICAL ACTIVITIES

Dr. Sakai is an addiction psychiatrist who works clinically with adults and adolescents with substance use disorders within the Division of Substance Dependence's treatment programs (collectively known as Addiction Research & Treatments Services).

 

GRANTS AND CONTRACTS

Dr. Sakai has been PI or Co-PI for several grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA; K08, R01 and R25).  He has served as Co-I on various grants including a NIDA P60 Center and the NIH Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study.  Dr. Sakai's lab has also received support from the Kane Family Foundation and the Hewit Family Foundation.


Rev. 7/1/16