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Meet the Harris Program Faculty

Leaders in infant mental health training

Harris Program Faculty 

Karen Frankel, PhD
  • infant and early childhood mental health services
  • child abuse and neglect
  • child trauma therapy
  • diagnosis and the DC: 0-3R Diagnostic Classification System
  • consultation to child care facilities
  • infant and toddler behavioral medicine
(o) 303-724-3725
email Dr. Frankel
Ayelet Talmi, PhD
Associate Director
  • integrated mental health services in pediatric primary care
  • babies and young children with special health care and developmental needs
  • early childhood system and policy issues
  • research interests include health systems outcome research, parent-infant relationship development, systems of care of children with special needs
(o) 720-777-6670
email Dr. Talmi
Sue Ammen, PhD
  • infant, family and early childhood mental health
  • parent-child relationship assessment
  • LGBT families
email Dr. Ammen
Jordana R. Ash, LCSW, IMH-E (IV)
  • infant and early childhood mental health
  • reflective supervision
  • mental health consultation
email Ms. Ash
Christine Balentine, PhD
  • infant, family, and early childhood mental health
  • mental health consultation
email Dr. Balentine
Joy V. Browne, PhD
  • physiologic and neurobehavioral responses to environment and caregiving in high-risk infants
  • effects of long-term hospitalization on the infant and family
  • evaluation of the effects of a supportive program for infants and families transitioning from NICU to home
  • neurobehavioral regulation in infancy
(o) 303-724-7668
email Dr. Browne
Melissa B. Buchholz, PhD
  • pediatric primary care
  • co-location - pediatrics and mental health
  • standardized developmental screening
email Dr. Buchholz
​Maya Bunik, MD, MSPH
  • ​breastfeeding and lactation
  • pediatric nutrition
  • mental health consultation
​(o) 720-777-3890
email Dr. Bunik
Debbie Carter, MD
  • ​individual play therapy fundamentals
  • systems of care collaborations and consulting to mental health agencies and early childhood settings
  • young child psychopharmacology
  • assessment and treatment of pregnant mothers with comorbid conditions (mental health and substance abuse issues)
​(o) 303-724-6022
email Dr. Carter
​Theodore J. Gaensbauer, MD
  • ​abused and neglected children
  • parent-child attachment
​(o) 303-777-8731
​Evelin Gomez, PhD
  • ​culturally appropriate mental health services
  • child abuse and trauma
  • behavioral health consultation
  • community mental health services for immigrants and refugees
email Dr. Gomez
​Kimberly Kelsay, MD
  • ​assessment of young children using story stem narratives
  • psychiatric treatment of medically ill and asthmatic children
​(o) 720-777-4057
email Dr. Kelsay
​Jennifer J. Paul, PhD
  • ​infant and early childhood assessment
  • child abuse and neglect
  • postpartum depression
  • parent-infant psychotherapy
  • infant mental health consultation
email Dr. Paul
​Shawna Roberts, PsyD
  • ​parent-child relationship development
  • trauma recovery/EMDR
  • postpartum depression/anxiety
  • play therapy
  • OCD
  • performance enhancement
email Dr. Roberts
​Kelly Stainback-Tracy, MPH, PT
  • ​developmental consultation in early childhood settings
  • early intervention for children with or at risk for developmental delays
  • screening and assessment of young children
  • professional development in early childhood
  • early childhood mental health system of care
email Ms. Stainback- Tracy
Melissa Waggoner, MSW, IMH-E (IV)
  • developmental consultation
  • screening and assessment of young children
  • infant and early childhood mental health
email Ms. Waggoner