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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology
Anschutz Medical Campus view

Happenings in the Department​

This year includes several important new faculty appointments in developmental psychiatry.  Douglas Novins, MD, became Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Cy and Lyndia Harvey Professor of Child Psychiatry.  Dr. Novins specializes in Native American mental health treatment and research and is an editor of the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  He will direct the services at Children’s Hospital Colorado and work with our child and adolescent psychiatry faculty at the University of Colorado Hospital and Denver Health Medical Center.  We are especially pleased to have an expanded inpatient service and new outpatient services for children and youth at Denver Health.  Marianne Wamboldt, MD, our former Division Director, became the Leslie and William Vollbracht Family Chair in Stress and Anxiety Disorders Professor of Child Psychiatry and continues her research on holistic treatment of childhood anxiety disorders.  Paula Riggs, MD, also a child and adolescent psychiatrist, became Director of the Division of Substance Dependence.  Her interests include treatment for adolescent substance dependence and comorbid depression or ADHD.  Thomas Crowley, MD, the Division’s founder, is continuing his research regarding the relationship between conduct disorder and substance dependence in adolescence.  Our department’s emphasis on developmental psychiatry will also be advanced by the recent recruitment of Amanda J. Law, PhD, who joined us as Dr. Nancy Gary Professor of Child Psychiatry.   She is one of the nation’s leading molecular neurobiologists, with a focus on neuregulin and its role in the developmental precursors to schizophrenia.  ​​​



Contact Info:


Anschutz Medical Campus
Building 500
Mail Stop F546
13001 East 17th Place
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Phone: (303) 724-4940




On behalf of the faculty, I welcome you to the Department of Psychiatry. We are dedicated to the care of patients at our teaching hospitals and clinics from birth through aging. We provide state-of-the-art evidence-based care in a tradition of individual commitment to each person. Our research programs rank us as one of the top 20 Departments. Our teaching programs provide students and trainees with high quality training and experience in all that we do.


I would like to acknowledge the generous support we have received from our community through the Institute for Children's Mental Disorders, the Institute for Depression Studies and Treatment, and our chairs and professorships and other endowed programs.


Robert Freedman, MD


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September 17th:
"Psychiatric Side-Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus in Parkinson's Disease: Case Report"
- Christopher S. Sharp, MD, PGYIII Psychiatry Resident, UCSOM
- Alison Heru, MD, Assoc. Prof. of Psychiatry, UCSOM
- Rachel A. Davis, MD, Assist. Prof. of Psychiatry, UCSOM
- Christen H. Epstein, MS, NP-C, Instructor/Nurse Practitioner, Neurology, UCSOM

LOCATION CHANGE: Bushnell Auditorium (Room N8200), Building 500

Meetings are held in the Shore Family Forum (Rm. 110) in the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building, unless noted otherwise.


Dept. Chair: Robert Freedman, MD

Dept. Administrator: Anna John, MA

Phone: 303-724-4940

Fax: 303-724-4956