Dr. Waxmonsky is an assistant professor and licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD). She is currently the Director of Community Mental Health Integration at both the Depression Center and at Colorado Access. Her primary interest is the development and sustainability of integrated mental and medical health interventions and collaborative models of care for low income and minority populations. She is an expert in care management for persons with mood disorders and comorbid medical conditions. In her research and administrative roles, Dr. Waxmonsky collaborates closely with community partners such as local mental health and primary care centers, behavioral health organizations, and Latino community programs.
Dr. Waxmonsky is currently a co-principal investigator on a NIMH funded R01 study on a bipolar care management intervention (Life Goals Collaborative Care) in collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Depression Center. She is also a co-principal investigator on a telephonic depression counseling intervention for low income, minority patients at Denver Health. Through the UCD Latino Research and Policy Center she has a NCI funded study on developing smoking cessation strategies for Latinos/as with depression. Through her work at Colorado Access, Dr. Waxmonsky directs a Colorado Health Foundation funded project in which the medical home model is embedded in a community mental health center. Additionally, Dr. Waxmonsky is part of the Perinatal Mental Health team at the Depression Center, where she focuses on developing systems of care to support the mental health needs of perinatal women.
In addition to her research activities, Dr. Waxmonsky has provided numerous local and national trainings and workshops on smoking cessation for persons with mental illnesses and on depression care management. She has published in such journals as General Hospital Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, Administration and Policy in Mental Health, and the Journal of Clinical Psychology. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Administration and Program Evaluation at the University of Colorado Denver. She received a NIH scholarship for her work with underserved and health disparate populations. She is a past president of the Organization for Program Evaluation in Colorado and served on Board of Directors for the Colorado Psychological Association.