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Christopher Schneck, MD

     Christopher Schneck, MD


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Christopher Schneck, MD

Associate Professor



Academic Appointments

1995 – 1997 Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSOM

1997 – 2004 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCDSOM

2004 – Present Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCDSOM


Professional Positions

1993 – 1994 Psychiatrist On-Call, West Haven, New Haven, CT

1994 – 1995 Staff Psychiatrist (part-time); Connecticut Mental Health Center, Walk-In/Crisis Service

1995 – 2008 University North Pavilion Department of Psychiatry, UCDHSC

1995 – 1999 Staff Psychiatrist, Medication Clinic, University North Pavilion

1999 – 2001 Medical Director, Inpatient Services University North Pavilion, Department of Psychiatry, UCDHSC

1997 – 1999 Psychiatric Consultant, Primary Care Program, Department of Internal Medicine, UCDHSC

1998 – 1999 Medical Director, Psychiatric Acute Care Services, Department of Psychiatry, UCDHSC



1994 Laughlin Foundation Resident Award for Outstanding Clinical Care

2000 Medical Student Education Award: Nancy C. A. Roeske Award for Medical Education

2002 Medical Student Education Award: Outstanding Instructor

2002 Fellow, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Career Development Institute

2004  “Top Doctor” by 5280 Magazine, as selected by Denver metro area physicians

2005 “Top Doctor” by 5280 Magazine, as selected by Denver metro area physicians

2006 World Class Care Award, Inpatient Psychiatry, University of Colorado Hospital

2009  “Top Doctor” by 5280 Magazine, as selected by Denver metro area physicians

2009  Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association



1995 – Present  Medical Student Supervision     

1995 – Present  Instructor in Hospital Psychiatry Course for Inpatient PGY-2 Residents

1995 – Present  Instructor in Friday PGY-2 Lecture Series                       

1995 – Present  PGY-2 Inpatient Resident Supervision

1995 – 2001 PGY-4 Outpatient Resident Supervision

1996 – Present PGY-2 Lecturer, PGY-2 Hospital Psychiatry Course

1997 – 1999 Lecturer, Internal Medicine Primary Care Track

1997 – 2001 Course Director, PGY-2 Friday Conference

1998 – 2007 Course Director, PGY-2 Hospital Psychiatry Course

2000 – 2002 Course Co-Director, PGY-3 Psychotherapy/Psychopharmacology

2003 – 2007 Faculty, MEASURE Educational Initiative (Modeling Effective Antipsychotic Therapeutic Success by

Utilizing Real Evidence), The France Foundation



2002 – Present Psychiatry Consultant Colorado Board of Medical Examiners, Denver, CO

2002 – Present Outpatient Attending, University North Pavilion Resident Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, UCDHSC

2003 – Present Associate Medical Director, Colorado Access/Access Behavioral Care, Denver, CO

2008 – Present Director of Outpatient Consultation Services, Depression Center, UCDHSC



David J Miklowitz, Ph.D.; David A Axelson, M.D.; Elizabeth L George, Ph.D.; Dawn O Taylor, Ph.D.; Christopher D Schneck, M.D.; Aimee E Sullivan; L. M Dickinson, Ph.D.; Boris Birmaher, M.D.  Expressed Emotion Moderates the Effects of Family-Focused Treatment for Bipolar Adolescents.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (in press), 2009.


Schneck, CD.  Mixed depression: the importance of re-discovering sub-types of mixed mood states.  Editorial, Am J Psych 166 (2): 127-130, 2009.


Schneck CD, Miklowitz DJ & Allen MH.  Response letter to Dr. Bhattacharyya and colleagues.  Am J Psych 166 (3): pp 370-371, 2009.


Schneck CD, Miklowitz DJ & Allen MH.  Response letter to Drs. Benazzi and Goldberg. Am J Psych 165(8): 1049, 2008.


Miklowitz DJ, Axelson DA, Birmaher B, George EL, Taylor DO, Schneck CD, Beresford CA, Dickinson M, Craighead WE & Brent DA.  Family-focused treatment for adolescents with bipolar disorder: results of a 2-year randomized trial.  Archives of General Psychiatry, vol 65 (no. 9): 1053-1061, 2008.


Schneck CD, Miklowitz DJ, Miyahara S, Araga M, Wisniewski SR, Gyulai L, Allen MH, Thase ME, Sachs GS.  The Prospective Course of Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder.  Am J Psych, vol 165(3): 370-77,  2008.


Schneck CD.  STEP-BD—A Clinical View.  Treatment of Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder.  J Clin Psych.  67; Supplement  11; pp22-27 2006


Altman LS and Schneck CD.  Draw a bead on rapid cycling with specific therapies.  Current Psychiatry. November, 2004 Vol. 3, no. 11, pp 13-22


Schneck CD, Allen MH, Shelton MD, Calabrese JR.  Current concepts in rapid cycling bipolar disorder.  Current Psychosis and Therapeutics Reports: Bipolar disorders.  December, Vol. 1 (2), 2003: pp 72-8.


David J. Miklowitz, Elizabeth L. George, David A. Axelson, Eunice Y. Kim, Boris Birmaher, Christopher Schneck, Carol Beresford, W. Edward Craighead, and David A. Brent. Family-Focused Treatment for Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder. (J Affective Disorders 2004 82S; S113-S128)


Christopher D. Schneck, M.D., David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D., Joseph R. Calabrese, M.D., Michael H Allen, M.D., Marshall R Thomas, M.D., Stephen R. Wisniewski, Ph.D., Sachiko Miyahara MS, Melvin D Shelton, M.D., Ph.D., Terrence A. Ketter, M.D., Joseph F. Goldberg, M.D., Charles L. Bowden, M.D., and Gary S. Sachs, M.D.  Phenomenology of Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder:  Data from the First 500 Participants in the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry. October, vol 161, no. 10, pp 1902-1908.


Schneck CD.  Bipolar disorder in neurological illness. In Current Treatment Options in Neurology.  Volume 4 (6), November 2002; pp477-486.


Schneck CD, Thomas MT, Gundersen D. Sexual side effects from valproate: a report of 4 cases.  Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, vol 22, No. 5, 2002; pp 532-534.


Schneck CD, Buzan R.  Mood disorders in Neurological Illness.  In Current Treatment Options in Neurology, vol 2, No. 2, March 2000; pp 151-168.


Buzan RD, Shore JH, O’Brein C, Schneck CD.  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Tourrette’s Syndrome. .  In Current Treatment Options in Neurology, vol 2, No. 2, March 2000; pp 125-139..


Schneck CD.  St. John’s Wort  and hypomania.  J Clin Psychiatry 1998; 59:12; p 689.


Thomas MT, Schneck CD.  Treatment resistant depression.  In Psychiatric Secrets, 2nd edition.  Jacobsen and Jacobsen, eds.  Hanley and Belfus, Inc, Philadelphia, 2000.



Funded Grants:


Bristol-Myers Squibb

$5,000 unrestricted educational grant


2001 – 2005

(Miklowitz, PI; Schneck Co-PI) Psychiatrist for Family-Focused Psychoeducation for Bipolar Adolescents

NIMH R21-MH62555-02


2001 – 2005     

 (PI: David Miklowitz; Schneck Co-PI)                                       

Family-Focused Psychoeducation for Bipolar Adolescents. NIMH R21-MH62555-02

Directed costs awarded, $375,000


2001 – 2005     

(Investigator) Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program         for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD) National Institute of Mental Health N01MH800001 & NIMH Grant MH62555


2003 - 2006

(Co-Investigator) Genetics repository for STEP-BD participants. NIMH


2004 – 2007

(Co-Investigator), Genetic determinants of bipolar disorder. STEP-BD, NIMH


2007 – 2010     

Family-Focused Therapy as Early Treatment for Youth at Risk for Bipolar Disorder.

Principal Investigator: David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D. 1-R34 MH077856-01


2005 – Present

(PI: David Miklowitz ) Family-Focused Psychoeducation for Bipolar Adolescents 3-site randomized controlled trial examining the efficacy of family-focused treatment (FFT) and medications versus brief psychoeducation (enhanced care, or EC) and medications for adolescent bipolar disorder R01-MH073871-01