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 Susan Young, PhD

            Susan Young, PhD

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Susan Young, PhD

Assistant Professor


Positions and Employment:

Research Director, Behavioral Health & Wellness Program, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2013 - present

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Division of Substance Dependence 2011 - Present

Senior Research Associate - Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado. 2004 - 2010

Research Associate – Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado. 2001 - 2003

Lecturer - Introduction to Behavioral Genetics (Topics: Family Study Designs, Adolescent Substance Abuse Study, and Chromosomal Abnormalities) 1996 - 1997

Other Experience and Professional Memberships:

NIDA Post-doctoral Fellowhip (DA-11015), 1998 - 2001

NICHD Pre-doctoral Traineeship (HD-07289), 1995 - 1998

Data Manager - Center for Antisocial Substance Dependence (Components 2-4), Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado. 1997 - 2000

Data Manager - Adolescent Substance Abuse Study, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado. 1994 - 1997

Teaching Assistant - Department of Psychology, University of Colorado. 1995

Professional Affiliations

  • Behavior Genetics Association, 1994 - 2012
  • International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, 2001 -2006
  • Association for Psychological Science, 2008 - 2010
  • Developmental Psychobiology Research Group, 2011 - 2016
  • Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2013 - 2016


Psychiatry Residents:

  • Course Director, PGY-2 Introductory Research Methods, 2012 - 2017
  • Addiction Fellowship Didactics (DHHA), 2012 - 2016

Pre- and Post-doctoral Fellows:

  • Wellness Leadership Institute: Research Seminars and Journal Club, 2012 - 2017

Also provides research mentoring and consulting to psychiatry residents, pre- and post-doctoral trainees, and medical students.


Neural Substrates of Executive Function:  An fMRI Twin Study
NIMH R01 (063207; P.I. Hewitt), Total: $2,228,516, 02/01/15 – 01/31/19
Primary Aim: This competitive renewal of 10-year longitudinal study of executive cognitive function, we will conduct structural and functional neuroimaging on 300 pairs of twins whose behavioral and cognitive development has been studied since infancy.
Role: Co-Investigator; 5% Effort

Genetics and Progression of Early-onset Substance Dependence and HIV Risk 
NIDA R01 (035804; P.I.s Hopfer, Stallings, Wall), Total: $2,921,321, 04/15/15 – 01/31/19
Primary Aim: Continues a multi-site collaboration to conduct a prospective study to address critical issues in the genetic epidemiology of adolescent onset antisocial drug dependence. We will complete 10-year follow-up assessments and conduct pathway-based genome wide association analyses of persistent drug dependence.
Role:  Co- Investigator, 15% Effort

Health Systems Change, Cessation Treatment, and Environment Change for Mental Health and Priority Populations
Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment - Tobacco Prevention & Cessation (A35; P.I. Morris), Total: $750,000, 07/01/15 - 06/30/18
Primary Aim: Support CDPHE grantees with tobacco cessation and system/policy change activities through interdisciplinary training and technical assistance that incorporate tobacco cessation best practices, clinical guidelines, and expert consultation.
Role: Evaluation Director; 20% Effort

Collective Impact for High Public Service Utilizers
Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment - Health Disparities Grant Program (RFA #1237; P.I. Morris), Total: $750,000, 07/01/15 - 6/30/18
Primary Aim: We will initiate a collective impact project to create a phased in continuity-of-care model to address the cancer screening and healthy living needs of persons who face multiple levels of health disparities. The individuals this project targets are homeless or at risk for homelessness and also struggle with a behavioral health condition in the 7-county metropolitan region surrounding Denver, with an emphasis on high utilizers of public services and at elevated risk for chronic medical conditions.
Role: Evaluation Director; 20% Effort

Healthy You, Healthy Baby
Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment - Tobacco Prevention & Cessation (STEPP; P.I. Nguyen), Subcontract: $45,000, 07/01/15 - 6/30/18
Primary Aim: SCL Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) will implement a comprehensive tobacco education, prevention and cessation project in its Women and Family Center (WFC). The Healthy You, Healthy Baby (HYHB) project uses evidence-based practices to decrease tobacco use and sustain a tobacco-free environment for mothers and babies through assessing tobacco use status, using a motivational interviewing framework to provide cessation counseling, offering nicotine-replacement therapy and quit resources, and tailored follow-up.
Role: Evaluation Director, 10% Effort

Systems Changes and Peer Support in a Community Mental Health Center
Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment - Tobacco Control Initiative (STEPP; P.I. Maier), Subcontract: $30,000, 07/01/15 - 6/30/18
Primary Aim: Assist the Jefferson Center for Mental Health expand and improve its existing tobacco cessation efforts. The project will create a sustainable and comprehensive program that will increase the identification and treatment of tobacco users with mental illnesses and behavioral health problems in Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties.
Role: Evaluation Director; 15% Effort