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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Pamela Gillen, ND, RN, CNS, CACIII

Assistant Professor of Research


Dr. Pamela Gillen, assistant professor of research, Department of Nursing and Project Director for the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus Colorado Fetal Alcohol and other Prenatal Substances Prevention Project (COFAS).

She has over 39 years experience in health and prevention field.  Dr. Gillen's experience includes working with the high-risk clients in the criminal justice field, social services and public health.  She has practiced as a public health nurse coordinator and nurse case manager for at risk pregnancies working with high-risk women of childbearing age.  She is the past  Co-chair elect for National FASD Center for Excellence Expert panel. Dr. Gillen has her Clinical Doctorate of Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and her Undergraduate degree in Drug Alcohol and Addictive Behaviors from Metropolitan State College of Denver.  





​Degree ​Awarding Institution ​Field of Study ​Graduation Date

​University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Denver, CO

​Nursing ​1996

​Metropolitan State College

Denver, CO

​Human Services ​1986

  1. Gillen, P.L., Peterson, K.L., Chander, G., Hutton, H.E. CHOICES:  An Intervention To Reduce The Risk Of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancy (AEP) Can Be Implemented In Diverse Settings. Alcoholism Clinical & Experimental Research, 36,(6) 1A-400A Supplement. San Francisco, CA  
  2. Gillen, P. L., Boyce E. J. (2010). Reducing Risk Drinking and Increasing Effective Contraception Use: FAS-PACE Stepped Care Intervention. Alcoholism Clinical & Experimental Research, 34,(6) 1A-324A Supplement. San Antonio TX
  3. Gillen, P., Boyce E. (2010) Reducing Risk Drinking and Increasing Effective Contraception Use: FAS-PACE Stepped Care Intervention. June 30, 2010. San Antonio TX. Poster Presentation.
  4. Mickiewicz, T., Peterson, K., Teter, K., Alfonsi, G., Gillen, P. Preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP):  the CityMatCH Practice Collaborative



​Title ​Organization ​Year
Founders Award​ Peer Assistance Services, Inc.​ ​2003


1/09-6/10 Role: Project Director, providing research oversight for the SAMSHA/CSAP Building Evaluation Capacity for Evidence-Based Interventions, Service to Science Initiative, COFAS-POP Provider Intervention..  P.I. Pamela Gillen, RN, ND 1/09 to present.   Funding Source:  CRP, Inc. Contract. CPR SAMHSA COFAS-POP Contract Number 280-02-0602/740-D S2S.  Funded for $30,000.

10/03-9/09      Role: Supervise and help coordinate the Colorado Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention Cooperative agreement in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Co-P.I. Pamela Gillen, RN, ND 10/03-present and Co-P.I. April Montgomery, CDPHE, Funding Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Cooperative Agreement Announcement 03021, Funded for $500,000.

7/00-present    Role: Project Coordinator and Director for Statewide Funded Prevention Project, Project Name: FAS and Other Prenatal Substance Abuse Statewide Prevention Program, P.I. Marie Miller, RN, PhD 7/00-6/02 and P.I. Pamela Gillen, RN, ND 7/00- present, Funding Source: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, Federal Block Grant Funds, RFP Number: IHANCO11014ADAD, Funded for $123,764.