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Faculty Name

Christian Hopfer, MD

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Associate Professor



Description of Research

Dr. Hopfer, a member of the division of substance dependence within the department of psychiatry primarily conducts research in the area of behavior genetics. His particular research is focused on understanding genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the development of adolescent substance dependence and conduct disorders. Research opportunities include participation in every stage of the research cycle: 1) articulating and prioritizing research questions; 2) study design; 3) study implementation; 4) data analysis; and 5) information dissemination.

Dr. Hopfer’s current major study is a family study of adolescent substance use and conduct disorder funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). co-investigators on this study include Michael Stallings Ph.D. and Soo Rhee Ph.D. at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics, and Thomas Crowley, M.D. in the Division of Substance Dependence at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Hopfer’s study is affiliated with a large NIDA-funded center that studies issues of genetic and environmental influences on the initiation and progression of substance use in adolescents in conjunction with the development of disruptive behavior disorders. The center’s website describes details of the samples which include general population twin and adoption studies, as well as a family study of youth in treatment for substance dependence.



Genetics; Molecular and Cellular Biology

Clinical and special developmental populations

ADHD; Adolescents; Aggression and Conduct Disorder; Depression; Substance Abuse


Building 400, Room 235

Contact email

Faculty/Lab Website

Hopfer website

Post-doctoral trainees

Brett Haberstick, PhD
Christie Hartman, PhD
Analice Hoffenberg, MD

Institution and Research Topic

CU Denver

Clinical epidemiology and behavior genetics of conduct disorder

Mentor since



​University of Colorado School of Medicine

Contact Number

(303) 724-3170

Faculty Picture

Christian Hopfer, MD

DPRG Website

Hopfer DPRG webpage

Department website

Hopfer Department webpage


Created at 8/15/2012 11:20 AM by Greco-Sanders, Linda
Last modified at 5/10/2017 10:46 AM by Greco-Sanders, Linda