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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology
Jeanette Waxmonsky, PhD

Jeanette Waxmonsky, PhD

Associate Professor


Academic Appointments

2003-2005 Instructor, University of Colorado at Denver & Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO

2006-2014 Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Department of Psychiatry, Denver, CO 

2014-present Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver,  Department of Psychiatry, Denver, CO 


Professional Positions

2002-2003 Grants, Clinical Research Project Manager, Colorado Access, Denver, CO

2003-2009 Clinical Research Project Director/Consultant, Colorado Access, Denver, CO

2009-present  Director, Community Mental Health Integration, Colorado Access, Denver, CO



1997  Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Performance, First Ladies Slovak Catholic Union

1998 University of Alabama Graduate Student Funding Award for Dissertation Research

2002-2007  NIH Loan Repayment Program Award for Health Disparities Research

2006,2007,2009   President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Colorado Psychological Association




“Integrated Care Management in Primary Care Settings: Where Does Psychology Fit In?” Presentation to the psychology graduate interns at UCD, Aurora, CO, November 2007; December 2008; November 2009.

Morris, C.D. & Waxmonsky, J.A. (January, 23, 2008). “Smoking Cessation for Persons with Mental Illnesses: Prevalence and Treatment of Tobacco Dependence.” Psychiatry Grand Rounds, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Denver, CO.


2009-present   “Smoking Cessation for Persons with Mental Illnesses.” Department of Psychiatry, UCD SOM   

2007-present  Medical Student Small Group Facilitator, Department of Psychiatry, UCD SOM.                  


“Smoking Cessation Interventions for Persons with Mental Illnesses: Current Treatment Strategies.” Webinar presentation with CME credits, co-presented with Laura Martin, MD. Colorado Clinical Guidelines Collaborative Tobacco Cessation Group, Denver, CO. December 9, 2008.  

“Smoking Cessation for Persons with Mental Illnesses: A Mental Health Provider Toolkit.” Training for mental health clinicians at Larimer Center for Mental Health, Lakewood, CO. March 5, 2008. 

 “Tobacco Cessation for Persons with Mental Illnesses: Tools for Eliminating Tobacco-Related Disparities.” Workshop presented twice at the Colorado Community Managed Care Network’s Symposium on Promoting Successful Tobacco Cessation In Underserved Populations, Denver, CO. July 2007. 

 “Screening and Referral for Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) Clients with Mental Illnesses,” full day CME accredited training presented to New York City NFP nurses with Dr. Marshall Thomas. May 12, 2007.   

“SPMI 201: Treatment of Serious and Persistent Mental Illnesses,” training presented to the nursing staff of the Coordinated Clinical Services Department at Colorado Access, Denver, CO. November 30, 2006. 

“SPMI 101: Working with Persons with Serious and Persistent Mental Illnesses,” training presented to Coordinated Clinical Services Department at Colorado Access, Denver, CO. October 26, 2006. 

 “Depression Care Management,” 4-5 trainings provided to 8-10 registered nurse new hires at Colorado Access, Denver, CO. 2004-2005. 

“Somatization Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment,” lecture presented to nursing staff and medical residents at Denver Health Westside Clinic and North Colorado Family Medicine, Winter 2003.



UCH Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic   2005-2006

Conducted a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group and supervised a Psychiatry resident.


UCD Clinical Investigation Program  2001-2004

Conducted patient assessments and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for bipolar disorder. Supervised a master’s level therapist.



Ward, C.L., Kersh, B.C., & Waxmonsky, J.A. (1998). Factor structure of the Paranoia scale of the MMPI-2 in relation to the Harris-Lingoes subscales and Comrey factor analysis. Psychological Assessment, 10, 292-296.

Schimel, J., Simon, L., Greenberg, J., Pyszczynski, T., Solomon, S., Waxmonsky, J.A., & Arndt, J. (1999).  Stereotypes and Terror Management: Evidence that Mortality Salience Enhances Stereotypic Thinking and

Hamilton, J.C., Sparrow, V., Waxmonsky, J.A., & Deemer, H. (2001). Citation patterns in social psychology and clinical psychology articles in 1986 and 1996: Good news for the social-clinical interface. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 20, 130-146.

Kozora, E., Ellison, M.C., Waxmonsky, J.A., Wamboldt, F., Patterson, T. (2005). Major Life Stress, Coping Styles, and Social Support in Relation to Psychological Distress in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Lupus, 14(5), 363-372.

Thomas, M.R., Waxmonsky, J.A., McGinnis, G.F. & Barry, C.L. (2005).  Making the Business Case for Depression Care Management within a Medicaid Population: The Colorado Access Experience. Administration and Policy in Mental Health. 33(1), 26-33.

Thomas, M.R., Waxmonsky, J.A., Flanders, G., Gabow, P., Socherman, R., & Rost, K. (2005). Prevalence of Mental Disorders and Costs of Care in a Medicaid HMO Adult Population. Psychiatric Services, 56(11),1394-1401.

Waxmonsky, J.A., Thomas, M.R., Miklowitz, D.J., Allen, M., Wisniewski, S.R., Zhang, H., Ostacher, M., & Fossey, M. (2005). Prevalence and Correlates of Tobacco Use in Bipolar Disorder: Data from the First 2000 Participants in the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program. General Hospital Psychiatry,27(5), 321-328.

Morris, C.D., Miklowitz, D.J. & Waxmonsky, J.A. (2007). Family-Focused Treatment for Bipolar Disorder in Adults and Youth. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 63(5),433-445.

Morris, C.D., Tedeschi, G., Waxmonsky, J.A., Graves, M., & Giese, A. (2009).Tobacco Quitlines and Persons with Mental Illnesses: Perspective, Practice & Direction. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 15(1), 32-40.

Morris, C.D., Waxmonsky, J.A., Graves, M., & Giese, A. (accepted for publication). What Do Persons with Mental Illnesses Need to Quit Smoking? Mental Health Patient and Provider Perspectives. Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. 32(4), 276-84.

Lising-Enriquez, K., Waxmonsky, J.A., Wing, V., Blank, D., Kim. F., Mancuso, E., & George, T.P. (2010). Treatment of Tobacco Dependence in People with Serious Mental Illness. Directions in Psychiatry, 30(1), 1-16. 




National Institute of Mental Health (Kilbourne)
Implementing Chronic Care Management for Bipolar Disorder.
This 5 year study will investigate the impact of tailoring the Life Goals Collaborative Care Program on implementation in community mental health centers.
Role: Co-Investigator

National Cancer Institute (Waxmonsky) 3U01CA114604-03S2 5/1/08-ongoing
Targeting Tobacco Cessation Interventions for Latinos/as with Depression.
This pilot study under a Community Network Partners Grant (Paula Espinoza, PI) will develop smoking cessation strategies for Latinos/as with depression served in primary care clinics.
Role: Principal Investigator



Pfizer Clinical Trial (Morris) 5/31/08 – 8/31/09
A Phase 3B 12-Week, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Varencline Tartrate (CP-526,555) 1mg BID for Smoking Cessation in Subjects with Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder.
Role: Sub-investigator

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (Morris)
Contract  10/1/08-6/30/09
Colorado State Tobacco Education & Prevention Partnership: Eliminating Tobacco Related Health Disparities
Role: Co-Investigator, Grant Writer

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (Morris)
07 FLA 00208 10/1/2006 – 9/30/2008
Reducing Tobacco Related Health Disparities for Persons with Mental Illnesses: Implementation of a Mental Health Provider Toolkit
This project implemented smoking cessation interventions in community mental health treatment settings and pilot tested cessation strategies with persons with mental illnesses.
Role: Co-Investigator, Research Director

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (Morris)
07 FLA 00529 01/25/2008 – 9/30/2008
Tobacco Cessation for Youth with Mental Illnesses
This project developed smoking cessation strategies for adolescents with mental illnesses.
Role: Co-Investigator, Research Director

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Pincus)
Depression In Primary Care: Linking Clinical & System Strategies
The goals of this project were to develop a depression care management program that was clinically effective and economically sustainable.
Colorado Site Principal Investigator: Marshall Thomas, MD
Role: Co-Investigator, Project Director, Evaluator

Depression/Diabetes Integrated Services Grant
Caring for Colorado Foundation (Thomas)
This project implemented a depression and diabetes care management program for Medicaid and uninsured patients at Pueblo Community Health Center.
Role: Co-Investigator, Project Director

Depression Treatment In Primary Care Grant
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Dietrich)
Re-Engineering Systems in Primary Care Treatment of Depression
This project included a pilot study, randomized controlled trial, and dissemination of a depression care management model.
Colorado Site Principal Investigator: Marshall Thomas, M.D.
Role: Co-Investigator, Project Manager