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Special Programs

Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis

The Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis is only one of four analytic institutions in the nation that is affiliated with a Department of Psychiatry. It has enjoyed a strong collaboration with the Department. The Institute is a community of psychoanalysts whose goals are to provide education in psychoanalytic thinking and treatment techniques, to advance scholarship and research, and to encourage application of psychoanalytic knowledge to related fields of study.

At the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis, qualified professionals may pursue full training in adult psychoanalysis or child psychoanalysis. Alternatively, a two-year training program in psychodynamic psychotherapy is available. Planning is underway for a two-year program in psychodynamic child psychotherapy. The Psychoanalytic Clinic provides evaluation, treatment or referral to prospective patients (adults, children and adolescents) who cannot afford private fees.

In conjunction with the Denver Psychoanalytic Society, the Denver Institute sponsors community outreach course work and an evening Salon Program. The Institute is particularly active in the education of residents and fellows. There has been a long tradition of excellence in psychodynamic psychiatry in Colorado. Institute faculty have played a major role as course directors for psychotherapy and development courses within the residency, and have provided over 200 hours a month for individual supervision of psychotherapy cases.

The Developmental Psychobiology Research Group (DPRG)

The The Developmental Psychobiology Research Group (DPRG) is an interdepartmental and interinstitutional group with a core membership of approximately 30 members. In addition to members, numerous other faculty and trainees attend our meetings. Anyone interested in developmental psychobiology is welcome to attend meetings and become a member of DPRG. Members are entitled to apply for grants from the Developmental Psychobiology Endowment Fund to support their research. Meetings are held on the 2 nd and 4 th Tuesdays of each month, September through May from 10:00-11:45 am in CPH Room 2K08.

The DPRG was awarded an endowment in 1975, which has been subject to periodic renewal. The most recent renewal was completed in 1999 and will provide funding for the group’s activities through 2009. The strong support of the department and the medical school was crucial to this renewal. The endowment is used to provide small around $5,000) grants to:

    • Facilitate research of young investigators
    • Facilitate new research
    • Provide emergency one-time support for ongoing projects
    • Provide seed money for collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects
    • Fund special projects of the group as a whole, including the Biennial Retreat (even years) and Spring Fling (odd years).

DPRG also continues to serve as a model for research groups, both in the department and the medical school. Discussion groups within the department such as the Developmental Disability Research Group (DDRG) and the Behavioral Immunology Research Group (BIRG) have modeled themselves after DPRG. As recently as the summer of 2005 the School of Medicine initiated a new research group focusing on the interdisciplinary study of women’s health, which based their program on DPRG. Several smaller, more focused discussion groups have coordinated their meeting times and places with DPRG to increase participation and efficiency for members. These include:

    • Affect Seminar (2 nd and 4 th Tuesdays of the month 8:30-10): Bob Emde
    • Developmental Disabilities Research Group (2 nd Tuesday of the month 8:15-9:45): Susan Hepburn
    • Perinatal Vulnerability to Psychosis Research Group (4 th Tuesday of the month 8:15-9:45): Randy Ross
    • Preventive Intervention in Pregnancy, Infancy, and Early Childhood (Tuesdays, various dates, 1:00-3:00): David Olds

The greatest asset of the DPRG is the diversity of its participants. The strong collaborative nature of the program can be seen in the number of collaborative studies, research publications and extramural funding that have resulted from both the partnerships and from the seed grants made available by the group. More information about the seminar series, the retreat and other activities can be found at the DPRG website (

Postdoctural Research Training in Developmental Psychobiology

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver is offering a postdoctoral research training program to train M.D.'s and Ph.D.'s for research careers in developmental psychobiology, with special emphasis on the development of maladaptive behavior. The Department of Psychiatry has a long history of involvement in developmental research. Within the Department, there is presently a multidisciplinary group of investigators, the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group (or DPRG). All of these researchers have a productive career involvement as independent investigators of developmental research techniques, some of which are technologically unique, and utilize a comparative approach to the problem of understanding development. Subject populations have ranged from humans through nonhuman primates to neuronal and glial cell cultures. Members of this group serve as the faculty for this research training program. Because of its setting, problems with clinical relevance are continually in the forefront.

The Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health

The Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health is an infant mental health training program that provides training for postdoctoral graduates as well as mental health professionals seeking "mid-career" training. It is an advanced fellowship in infant mental health, consultation, and treatment, which includes didactic and clinical experiences focused on the problems of infancy, toddlerhood and parenthood.

Scholarly Activity

Shaping the next generation of critical thinkers

While some will do more intense research through the Integrated Track or Research Track all residents will complete a scholarly activity which may include participation in the Junior Faculty Poster presentation or publication in a National Journal.

The primary goal of our scholarly activity program is to provide an educational experience that prepares every clinician to:

    • critically evaluate scientific literature and how that literature impacts evidence-based practice
    • apply the basic principles of research to clinical questions they encounter in their practice of psychiatry
    • develop an area of expertise
    • receive local, national, or international recognition for their work

Research Tracks

Integrated Track

This unique track within the psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry residencies integrates training in psychiatry, child & adolescent psychiatry, and research throughout the PGY-1 through PGY-5 years. This track leads to a 6th year of funded, full-time research in child & adolescent psychiatry. The primary goal of the integrated track is to prepare clinician-scientists for future academic roles in child psychiatry. More

Research Track

This is a unique track within the psychiatry residency that incorporates research experiences and training throughout the PGY-1 through PGY-4 years. Identification of a project and mentor begins early in the PGY-1 year, with protected time allotted for research in all 4 years. This track maximizes research time and training concurrently with acquiring clinical competence in psychiatry; its goal is to develop clinician-scientists for future academic roles in psychiatry.

Clinical Tracks

Child Interest Track

This clinical track offers rotation options in child and adolescent settings during the PGY-1 through PGY-4 years, including pediatrics, pediatric neurology, and inpatient, outpatient, and consult-liaison in child & adolescent psychiatry. The objectives of this track are to enhance the developmental perspective in psychiatry, provide early exposure to child and adolescent clinical settings, and to foster career development in child & adolescent psychiatry.

Career Program

The Career Program is jointly sponsored by the psychiatry residency and its public mental health partners. The objective of the career program is to provide residents with an in-depth exposure to public psychiatry while still in training and to foster career development in community and state mental health systems. Residents enroll in the program at the beginning of the PGY-2 year and are given a leave of absence after the PGY-3 year in order to perform a year of staff service at a public sector mental health facility. Participating residents are paid the standard salary set by the sponsoring institution for the service year; this salary is partly prepaid during the training years as a supplement to the regular residency stipend.

Currently, the Mental Health Center of Denver is participating in this program.

The MHCD career program was instituted in 1994. MHCD provides outpatient services to consumers residing in the City and County of Denver with serious and persistent mental illnesses. Residents will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team providing a wide range of outpatient care using a recovery model.

MHCD offers an array of services to individuals with psychiatric crises; major mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression; and children of families at risk. MHCD employs over 400 full time part time professionals to provide a range of services at 32 sites for more than 7000 people each year. All services provided ensure that each consumer may achieve his goal of a stable and fulfilling life in the community.