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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology
 

Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Lab


 Lab group Photo 

  

 Mark L. Laudenslager

Mark L. Laudenslager, PhD 
Professor and Director of the Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Laboratory.

 

   
 

 Faculty and Staff

 

 Jacqueline Calderone, MD

Jacqueline Calderone, MD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Anschutz Medical Campus
 
 
 
 
 


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 Camille Hoffman, MD

Camille Hoffman, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Anschutz Medical Campus,  
 
Research Interests:
Dr. Hoffman received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2003, completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2007, and completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at University of Colorado in 2010. Following fellowship, she became a faculty member and WRHR Scholar at the University of Colorado. Dr. Hoffman's research interests focus on the role of psychosocial and physiologic stress on pregnancy outcomes. She is evaluating ultrasound and noninvasive biomarkers of stress to assess maternal and child hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function.
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 Kristin Kilbourn, PhD, MPH

Kristin Kilbourn, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Denver Campus North Classroom
Phone: 303-556-2687
Email: Kristin Kilbourn
 
 

For more information about Dr. Kristin Kilbourn please visit her faculty page

 

 

 

 

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 Susan Mikulich-Gilbertson, PhD

Susan Mikulich-Gilbertson, PhD

Associate Professor

Anschutz Medical Campus Building 400
Phone: 303-724-3186
Email: Susan Mikulich-Gilbertson
 
 

For more information about Dr. Susan Mikulich-Gilbertson please visit her faculty page.

 

 

 

 

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 Tim Sannes​, PhD

Tim Sannes, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Complex II, Rm. 3410
Phone: 303-724-9277
Email: Tim Sannes
 
 

Research Interests:
Tim began his research career working at his alma mater, UNC-Chapel Hill (also the alma mater of Dr. Laudenslager – go Heels!). This led to a research fellowship studying mind-body medicine at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in Bethesda, MD. As a graduate student at the University of Florida, Tim focused on the study of psychoneuroimmunology  - to better understand the processes and mechanisms by which psychological states are related to health and disease.  He was also committed to the clinical care of cancer patients during graduate school; seeing patients as part of the bone marrow transplant, multi-disciplinary gastrointestinal oncology, inpatient rehabilitation and consultation-liaison services at UF.  Following his graduate training at UF, he completed his clinical internship at the Puget Sound VA in Seattle, WA, immersing himself in rehabilitation, PTSD and primary care clinical teams. He also remained involved in clinical research during internship with ongoing collaborations at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 

With this background, Tim brings a dedication to psychoneuroimmunology and oncology to the BIEL laboratory. Specifically, he is interested in longitudinal modeling of stress hormones in the context of stress management for caregivers and how psychological factors may be related to circadian rhythm disruption. Outside of his clinical and academic pursuits, Tim spends his time running, snowboarding, playing ultimate Frisbee© and sharing time with his basset hound, Mitch.
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 Teri Simoneau, PhD​

Teri Simoneau, PhD

Director of Psychosocial Oncology at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center

 
 
Research Interests:
Teri Simoneau, Ph.D., is the Director of Psychosocial Oncology at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center. She has worked in psychosocial oncology and stem cell transplant for over sixteen years. She began her career as a nurse, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Early in her nursing career, she developed an interest in psychology. After obtaining a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she brought her background in medicine together with her training in psychology doing a behavioral medicine internship at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. She did a fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver in their stem cell transplant unit and found a true passion for working with patients with cancer. For the past 14 years she has worked at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Blood and Marrow Transplant Program). Her clinical and research interests include quality of life issues, the impact of illness on caregivers and family relationships, cancer survivorship issues, and training issues for developing psychologists. She was a co-investigator on a recently completed NIH-funded grant with Dr. Jim Grigsby of the University of Colorado Denver assessing the cognitive effects of chemotherapy in older women with breast cancer. She is currently a co-investigator on an NIH-funded study with Dr. Mark Laudenslager at the University of Colorado Denver assessing caregiver stress and the impact of a stress management intervention with caregivers of allogeneic transplant patients.
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 Janet Spradley, LSW​

Janet Spradley, LSW​

Interventationist

Psychosocial Oncology at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center

 
Research Interests:
Janet Spradley, LCSW received her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2007 from Colorado State University.  Her primary interest is interventional research.  She joined The Rocky Mountain Blood and Marrow Transplant program in 2008 to work on a NIH grant assessing the efficacy of a cognitive-behavioral stress management intervention for caregivers of allogeneic transplant patients.  She was the interventionist for that study until it’s completion in 2012.  She is currently a Data Manager at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute and is anxiously awaiting the start of the follow-up caregiver study.
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 Patrick Benitez, BS

Patrick Benitez, BS

Professional Research Assistant

Research Complex II, Rm. 3410
Phone: 303-724-9277
Email: Patrick Benitez

Research Interests:
Patrick Benitez received his BS degree from the University of Florida and worked at the University of Florida in a lab of immunology for two years. In April 2010, he began working in the BIEL lab.
 
His contributions to the lab include aiding in the start up of PCR analysis of glucocorticoid receptors. He also runs EIA’s, enzyme assays and assists with natural killer assays for various projects.
 
In the future Patrick plans on attending nursing school to achieve his goal of become a nurse practitioner.
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 Crystal Natvig, BS

Crystal Natvig, BS

Professional Research Assistant

Research Complex II, Rm. 3241
Phone: 303-724-9278
 
 
Research Interests:
Crystal Natvig has been with the Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Lab since 2005. She began as a student research assistant. After graduating with a BS in Biology and Psychology from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2008, she continued her work in the lab as a Professional Research Assistant.
 
Crystal started with the collecting and recording behavioral observations. Today, she’s the Developmental Psycholobiology Research Group (DPRG) coordinator and website manager. She also designs and maintains research databases, assists in analyzing data, aids in the management of clinical trials, and process sample materials in the wet lab.
 
Crystal is currently pursuing a Certificate in Public Health Sciences and aims to earn a master’s degree with a concentration in applied biostatistics. Her research interest is in statistical analysis methodologies and interpretation as it relates to gene-environment interactions, particularly in psychiatric epigenetic research.
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 Sam Philips, BS

Sam Philips, BS

Professional Research Assistant

Research Complex II, Rm. 3410
Phone: 303-724-9277
Email: Sam Philips
 
 
Research Interests:
Sam Philips received his BS in Biology from the University of Colorado Denver. He has been a member of the BIEL lab since 2010 and is the study coordinator of the CareWell BMT study.
 
Sam is responsible for carrying out natural killer assays, DNA extraction, glucocorticoid stimulation assays, and preparing samples for flow cytometry.
 
In the future Sam plans on attending medical school to achieve his goal of becoming a doctor.
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 Danielle Glenn

Danielle Glenn

Student Research Assistant

Research Complex II, Rm. 3410
Email: Danielle Glenn
Research Interests:
Danielle Glenn is working towards her degree in psychology from the University of Colorado Denver and plans on graduating in 2014. In August 2012, she began working in the BIEL lab.
 
Her contributions to the lab include aiding in the processing of hair and saliva samples, and preparing samples for flow cytometry. She is also in charge of the daily maintenance of the wet lab, and helps with data entry.
 
In the future Danielle plans on attending a Clinical Psychology PhD program to achieve her goal of becoming a clinical psychologist.
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 Christine Martin, BA

Christine Martin, BA

Student Research Assistant

Research Complex II, Rm. 3410
Email: Christine Martin
 
Research Interests:
Christine Martin earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross in 1988, and is pursuing a BS in Psychology and Neuroscience. After completing an internship in the Barbee lab at the University of Denver through the STEPS program, she began work at the BIEL lab in December, 2013.
 
Her contributions to the lab include processing samples for analysis and ongoing maintenance of the wet lab. She is enthusiastic about learning new techniques and gaining a deeper understanding of psychobiology.
 
Christine intends to continue her education with the goal of a career in neuroscience research.
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