Faculty and Staff

Marshall Thomas, MD, Executive Director

Marshall R. ThomasMarshall R. Thomas, MD; Executive Director
Marshall Thomas, MD, currently serves as Executive Director of the University of Colorado Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center; a comprehensive center that provides outpatient clinical services, conducts a wide array of research on the treatment and prevention of mood disorders and delivers numerous community programs designed to educate people about depression and bipolar disorder and reduce the stigma around mental health. The Johnson Depression Center is part of the National Network of Depression Centers and is the only comprehensive center of its kind in the Rocky mountain west. He also serves as the President, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Colorado Access, one of the largest non-profit health plans in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Throughout his career, Dr. Thomas has established himself not only as a skilled clinician, but as a strong leader in the field of mental health. He has worked to develop systems of care that are inclusive, responsive and create synergies between patients and providers. He is a recognized national expert on improving patient health outcomes by integrating medical and behavioral health care.

Dr. Thomas’s research interests include Bipolar Disorder, Psychopharmacology, Health Services Research and Integrated Care. He has served as principal investigator on numerous grants, research projects and clinical trials. He has published and lectured extensively on a wide range of psychiatric and healthcare-related topics.

Dr. Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin before attending Baylor College of Medicine, where he graduated with high honors. He completed his psychiatric residency followed by a two year fellowship in clinical psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. He has been on the full-time faculty at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine since 1985.

Michael H. Allen, MD, Research Faculty


Michael Allen, MD; Research Faculty

Michael Allen, MD, is best known for his work in agitation, suicide and emergency services. He sees patients at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center but also serves as medical director for Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, the state-wide hotline.  He is a co-investigator for the National Institute for Mental Health Emergency Department Safety and Follow-up Evaluation study (ED SAFE) and a Military Operational Medicine Research Program study of suicide screening in military primary care settings (PRISM).

He has served as president of the American Association and vice president of the International Association for Emergency Psychiatry, chair of the Am Psychiatric Assoc Task Force on Psychiatric Emergency Services, and member of the American College of Emergency Physicians clinical policy committee.  He has contributed to numerous national and international guidelines including the Expert Consensus Guideline for Bipolar Disorder. As a member of the Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission, he is currently leading the effort to implement the National Strategy For Suicide Prevention in Colorado.


He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He has served on the faculty at Cornell Medical School, NYU School of Medicine and is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is board certified in psychiatry with added qualifications in addictions and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Melissa Batt, MD, MPH, Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatrist

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Melissa Batt, MD, MPH; Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

Melissa Batt, MD, is an instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and provides clinical services to children, adolescents and adults at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center. In addition to medication evaluations, consultations, and medication management, she also provides some psychotherapy services, including play therapy, for children and adolescents as well as young adults. Some of her interests include young child mental health (age 5 and younger/ preschool age), mood disorders, kids experiencing anxiety, working with young adults (i.e. transitions to/from college, etc.,) and psychotherapy. She is also currently involved in the Colorado Family Project by providing medication visits for families enrolled in that research study.

Dr. Batt received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Carnegie Mellon University, her master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas at Houston, and her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed her psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Colorado at Denver, where she served as a chief resident as well as participating in the Integrated Track in which she developed a pilot study on bipolar disorder using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Batt was involved in the Treatment of Resistant Depression in Adolescents study while at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. She is board certified in psychiatry.

Azure Brame, Patient Affairs Coodinator


Azure Brame, Patient Affairs Coordinator

Azure graduated from Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Human Services with a specialty in Social and Community Services. Azure worked in an Inpatient & Residential Psychiatric Treatment Center in Oklahoma City. After relocating to Denver, she joined the University of Colorado Surgical Oncology and Fertility Clinic team. At the Depression Center she oversees all aspects of patient intake, screening and referrals.

Jacqueline Calderone, MD, Psychiatrist

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Jacqueline Calderone, MD, is a Senior Instructor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She has faculty appointments with the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry. She is an outpatient psychiatrist at the University of Colorado Helen and Arthur E Johnson Depression Center. Dr. Calderone’s primary area of interest is providing optimal patient care through the integration of Wellness with Medical and Mental Health. She is currently involved in a partnership project with AF Williams to develop a Virtual Psychiatric Integrated Clinic. In addition, she provides a stress management group for students on CU Anschutz campus, a wellness/yoga class for patients at Denver Health, and an emotional eating group at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Dr. Calderone received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, her medical degree from Tel Aviv University, and completed her Psychiatric Residency training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where she completed a Psychotherapy Scholars Track and conducted research on cortisol, the relaxation response, and biofeedback.

Scott Cypers, PhD, Psychologist

CypersScott Cypers, PhD; Psychologist

Scott Cypers, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is a competent generalist psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders across all ages. Dr. Cypers works hard to create individual tailored approaches that combine the most powerful evidence based models to help children, adolescents, adults and couples overcome the challenges in their lives. His approach to treatment includes a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Behavioral Activation (BA), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and other evidence-based treatments.

Dr. Cypers received his BA in Psychology/Philosophy from Emory University, completed his predoctoral clinical internship at UCLA, and earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California. Dr Cypers has worked for the past 13 years in various clinical roles including Director of Anxiety and Stress Programs at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Psychologist working with active duty military at Buckley Mental Health, as well as working for many Universities in student health services in various roles. At each place he has worked, Dr. Cypers has built innovative programs to address the range of mental health issues, most notably in the areas of stress, anxiety, and promoting help seeking behaviors.

Frank deGruy, MD, Director of Primary Care Outreach and Research

Frank deGruy III, MD, MSFMFrank deGruy III, MD, MSFM; Director of Primary Care Outreach and Research.

Frank deGruy, MD, is the Woodward-Chisholm Chair and Professor of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. deGruy served as Chair and Distinguished Professor of the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC). He was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine. Dr. deGruy received his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and his medical degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.



Amy (Becker) Donahue, MD, Psychiatrist

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Amy Donahue, MD,  has been in clinical practice since 2005, currently on faculty at the University of Colorado and at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has provided psychiatric care across all age groups and diagnostic categories, and has broad based experience with a variety of treatment modalities including medication management and psychotherapy.




Alexis Giese, MD, Director of Community Programs

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Alexis Giese, MD, is the Director of Community Programs at the University of Colorado Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Giese is a leader and innovator in improving healthcare delivery for under-served populations and is active in local and state health systems. Her current focus areas include improving depression identification and treatment in primary care, expanding integration of physical health and behavioral health services, and community dissemination of evidence-based behavioral health practices.

Dr. Giese’s clinical expertise and practice focus on mood disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, adults, older adults, couples, and families. She provides person-centered, collaborative care that includes evaluation, consultation, medication treatment, and psychotherapy.

Dr. Giese received the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from West Virginia University and attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She completed psychiatric training at Georgetown University Hospital and has been on the full-time faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine since 1989. Dr. Giese is a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Rachel Griffin, PMHNP, Senior Instructor

 R.GriffinRachel Griffin, PMHNP; Senior Instructor

Rachel Griffin is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a Senior Instructor in Psychiatry at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center.  Her clinical interests are focused on incorporating integrative and wellness therapies such as yoga, mindfulness, and nutrition into psychiatric care.  She believes in taking a holistic, trauma informed, evidence based approach to treating mental illness.  Ms. Griffin is also interested in improving health care delivery systems to improve access to mental health care, and in integrating mental health and primary care services.  She has previously worked with underserved and at risk populations, including the homeless, the formerly incarcerated, and those who are HIV positive. Ms. Griffin received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at Columbia University in New York City.


Samuel Hubley, PhD, Assistant Professor


Sam Hubley, PhD; Assistant Professor

Sam Hubley, PhD, grew up on a horse farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York and graduated from Cornell University in 2005 with a B.A. in psychology. He earned his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder and completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. Rooted in the scientist-practitioner model that emphasizes the integration of empirical research and applied practice, Dr. Hubley participates actively in several research projects and treats patients at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center and Department of Family Medicine.



Michael Jones, MBA, Director of Finance and Administration


Michael Jones, MBA; Director of Finance and Administration

Michael Jones is the Director of Finance & Administration for the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center. He has over 12 years of experience dedicated to financial analysis, forecasting and cost controls within a diverse group of organizations and industries. Most recently, Michael has served for the past 8 years as a Finance Team Lead with United Launch Alliance (ULA). In this capacity, he has been responsible for leading a small group of Estimators who develop a wide range of proposals in support of ULA’s launch business, delivering customer payloads into orbit. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Metropolitan State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Regis University.


Jennifer Lake, MSN, MA, LPC Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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Jennifer Lake is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a psychotherapist. She graduated from New Mexico State University with a Master's in Nursing and from Naropa University with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. She specializes in treating adults with mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD and sleep disorders. She is certified in the Hakomi method of mindfulness and body centered therapy. She believes in the Recovery Model of treatment which includes working with people from a holistic point of view and inviting them to be collaborative in their care. Jennifer is passionate about teaching.



Matt Mishkind, PhD, Deputy Director

MattM Matt Mishkind, PhD; Deputy Director

Matt Mishkind received his PhD in psychology from the University of Vermont with a focus on organizational development and behavior. The majority of his career has had two focal points: military health care, and organizational development. He began his military health career with the Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He also served as one of the original staff members tasked with developing the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington State. While at T2, Dr. Mishkind helped lead the development of several technology-based initiatives to improve behavioral health access across the Department of Defense. His particular focus was on developing telehealth programs for remote and otherwise isolated populations. Both DHCC and T2 are part of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE).
Dr. Mishkind has also held positions focused on organizational development. Most recently, he served as team lead for training and human capital initiatives at the Bureau of Reclamation within the United States Department of Interior. He also has experience as a management consultant for global consulting firms Hay Group and Corporate Executive Board. Dr. Mishkind began his career conducting national policy research on patient safety and other health-related programs.
Dr. Mishkind has 20 publications primarily focused on improving access to behavioral health care for military populations. He is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.


Adria Pearson, PhD, Psychologist/ACT Trainer

adriaAdria Pearson-Mauro, PhD; Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor

Adria Pearson-Mauro, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the CU School of Medicine. She holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno and completed her internship and residency in psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery at the VA Long Beach Healthcare system. Her research focus is treatment development and outcome using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Her clinical practice includes adults with a broad array of psychiatric diagnoses. She has specialty training in treating complex and severe mental health problems. Her clinical approach utilizes evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy approaches, including CBT for anxiety and mood disorders, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Pearson provides training and supervision to psychiatry residents and teaches courses in the PhD program in clinical health psychology at CU Denver. She is currently leading a treatment study at the CU Cancer Center for body image dissatisfaction in breast cancer survivors.

Brittany Pittman, Administrative Assistant

 Brittany PittmanBrittany Pittman; Administrative Assistant

Brittany Pittman has been with the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center since February of 2013. She has over four years of experience in hospital administration. At the Johnson Depression Center, she is responsible for providing administrative support for providers and executive staff. She coordinates all of the Johnson Depression Center’s meetings and events, supports all development activities and assists with patient services including scheduling, Rx refills and covering the front desk.


Emily Reaser, Senior Director of Development

 Emily ReaserEmily Reaser; Senior Director of Development

Emily Reaser has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in film and video studies. She formerly worked as Manager of Major Gifts at the Denver Film Society and as a fundraising consultant for Challenge Denver an anti-bullying organization working to create more productive and healthy schools in low-income areas. Most recently Emily worked at the Denver Art Museum as Manager, The Museum Associates and Planned Giving. Her duties included managing the board of Culturehaus, the young professional arm of the museum, cultivating and growing a diverse donor base through membership and events and working with donors on estate planned giving.



Leslie Ruhl, Receptionist

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Leslie joined the Johnson Depression Center in April 2017 as a receptionist. Before coming to the Johnson Depression Center, Leslie worked as an administrative assistant and stayed home to raise a family. She volunteers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Little Flower Assistance Center and is on the Cancer Center Patient Focused Advisory Council. Leslie earned her Associate's Degree from Aims Community College.




Christopher Schneck, MD, Medical Director

Christopher SchneckChristopher Schneck, MD; Medical Director

Christopher Schneck, MD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is currently the Medical Director at the University of Colorado Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, works in the outpatient division of the University of Colorado Hospital and is the mental health director of the UCH Infectious Disease Clinic. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Schneck teaches in the divisions of psychiatry, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, neuroscience and the medical school. Dr. Schneck received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, his medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and completed his residency and fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Schneck’s primary area of interest and research is in bipolar disorder, with a particular emphasis on rapid cycling bipolar disorder and adolescent bipolar disorder. He is currently involved in 3-site National Institute of Mental Health study examining the efficacy of family focused therapy in treating adolescents at-risk for bipolar disorder. He has been recognized eight times as one of Denver’s “Top Doctors” in 5280 magazine.

Dana Steidtmann, PhD, Psychologist

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Dana Steidtmann, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Senior Instructor at the Johnson Depression Center. She uses evidence-based psychotherapies to work with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and related difficulties. Dr. Steidtmann also provides psychotherapy for couples. Her research interests focus on strategies for making mental health treatments more effective, accessible and affordable.


Dr. Steidtmann received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming and a PhD from the University of Kansas where she worked on a team developing and evaluating a new method of cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression. Dr. Steidtmann completed fellowship training at Stanford University where her research focused on enhancing the effectiveness of treatment for chronic depression and improving health care affordability. She has received specialized psychotherapy training at settings including Stanford University Hospital, the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment, and she is a co-founder of Peninsula Behavioral Health in Palo Alto, CA.


Aimee Sullivan, PhD, Psychologist


Aimee Sullivan, PhD; Psychologist

Aimee Sullivan, PhD, is a Senior Instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a Clinical Research Associate with the Colorado Family Project. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of mood, anxiety, developmental and behavioral disorders in children, adolescents and families. Her approach to treatment includes use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavioral Activation (BA), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and other evidence-based treatments. Training with her doctoral mentor, Dr. David Miklowitz, has emphasized the use of Family-Focused Treatment in working with bipolar youth.

Dr. Sullivan received her B.S. in Biopsychology and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Michigan, completed her predoctoral clinical internship at UCLA, and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Past clinical training includes assessment and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders with Dr. Catherine Lord at the University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center, and psychophysiological assessment through the University of Michigan Psychiatry Affective Neruoimaging Lab. Her research interests are focused on the role of family functioning in the course of adolescent bipolar disorder.


Jay Shore, MD, Director of Telemedicine

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Jay Shore, MD, MPH,  is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver’s Department of Psychiatry and the School of Public Health’s Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. Additionally he is the rural Native Veteran Domain Lead for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veterans Rural Health Resource Center_Western Region (VRHRC-WR), serves as a subject matter expert and the behavioral health portfolio manager for the Department of Defense’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and is an Associate Medical Director at the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP).

Dr. Shore is a former Fulbright Fellow who received his medical and public health degrees from Tulane University School of Medicine and Public Health. After completing residency in general psychiatry at the University of Colorado he undertook an NIMH sponsored research fellowship examining the reliability and process of telepsychiatry with American Indian veterans.

His career has focused on the use of technology in mental health currently participating in multiple projects which include ongoing development, implementation, and assessment of programs in Native, rural, and military settings aimed at improving both quality and access to care. Dr. Shore has consulted for tribal, state and federal agencies and served on planning and/or grant review committees for several federal agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the Indian Health Service and the National Institutes of Health. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on funded research grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the SAMSA, AHRQ, and the State of Colorado. He has presented at over a 100 regional, national and international conferences, grand rounds and invited lectures including the Institutes of Medicine and testimony before the US Senate. Dr. Shore’s authorship contributions include over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts focused on clinical and research topics in physician health, telehealth, rural health care, veteran and Native populations. A former Laughlin Fellow he is currently a member of the American College of Psychiatrist. Since 2000, he has been a member of the American Telemedicine Association, served on its board of directors, and is an active member in its TeleMental Health Special Interest Group for which he is the immediate past chair.

Scott Vavrinek, Program Coordinator/Receptionist

 Scott VavrinekScott Vavrinek; Program Coordinator/Receptionist

Scott Vavrinek earned his Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1991. He has been with the University of Colorado Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center since opening in September 2008. In addition to answering phones, Scott coordinates scheduling for all clinicians and prescriptions for all their clientele. He also assists the clinicians with other projects as needed.



Maryann Waugh, PhD, Psychologist


Maryann Waugh; Psychologist

Maryann Waugh is a psychologist trained in the University of Washington’s Educational Psychology program. Maryann has over ten years of professional research experience in clinical and applied settings. Maryann’s graduate training and professional experience has included a focus on conducting evaluation, including multivariate quantitative analysis, in challenging applied settings. She has worked with a variety of state and local systems, including behavioral health, criminal justice, human services, education, as well as regional Behavioral Health and Regional Care Collaborative Organizations. Maryann is currently serving as the Colorado Access Grants and Research Manager, and is working with Depression Center and Colorado Access leadership to design and implement a multi-site evaluation of the Aveo telehealth platform, as it is leveraged to expand access to behavioral health services in behavioral and primary care settings. Other responsibilities include grant writing and proposal submission for federal, state, and local opportunities

Marianne Wamboldt, MD, Psychiatrist

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Marianne Wamboldt, MD, is the Vollbracht Family Professor of Stress and Anxiety Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is a board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, with over 30 years of clinical, teaching and research experience. She spent 10 years as the Chair of Psychiatry at Childrens Hospital Colorado and Vice Chair for Child Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. Her interests have focused on the role of family relationships in medical (primarily asthma) and psychological outcomes for children and teens, behavioral genetics as a tool to understanding the co-morbidity of medical and psychiatric problems, and clinical interventions for children and adolescents with anxiety, mood, and/or pain disorders. She has authored over 70 scientific articles/chapters, edited two books, and been involved as principal investigator or co-investigator on over 30 grants. Her national involvements include President of the Board of Family Process Institute; past Chair of the Committee on the Physically Ill Child, as well as member of the Program, Family, and Prevention Committees, within the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and member of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry’s Committee on the Family. As a registered yoga teacher, she is very interested in yoga and mindfulness for treatment of anxiety and depression.

Dr. Wamboldt graduated from Marquette University magna cum laude, then completed medical school and psychiatry residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She completed a clinical research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health and worked there for 2 years prior to completing a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Colorado. She has been a member of the Psychiatry faculty since 1990.

Alex Yannacone, MA, Community Programs Manager

 Alex YannaconeAlex Yannacone, MA; Community Programs Manager

Alex Yannacone, MA, is the Community Programs Manager at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center. Prior to joining the Johnson Depression Center, she was a part of the SafeCare team at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. Alex has contributed to the oversight and management of the eleven sites delivering SafeCare Colorado in 39 counties around the state, including the development and delivery of initial and ongoing training and coaching. Prior to Alex’s work with SafeCare, she received her Master's in International Disaster Psychology at the University of Denver where she was able to work internationally developing and conducting home visits for women and children with HIV/AIDS.  Additionally, Alex has provided therapeutic services to at-risk families and the refugee population within Colorado.


Affiliate Provider:

Mary H. Heekin, LCSW, Senior Clinical Instructor

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Mary H. Heekin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist at the CU Johnson Depression Center. Ms. Heekin specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders and has received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) as well as Prolonged Exposure (PE) for trauma related disorders. Her clinical work includes cognitive-behavioral and stress-reduction techniques, behavioral activation, and skills to aid in problem-solving and overall increased interpersonal functioning. Ms. Heekin has an interest in incorporating mindfulness and family focused therapy into her individual practice.

Ms. Heekin received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and worked as a clinical intern in the University of Michigan Depression Center. From 2006 to 2009 Ms. Heekin worked with Barbara O. Rothbaum, PhD at Emory University in Atlanta, GA on multiple trauma and anxiety related research projects including A Cognitive Enhancer May Facilitate Behavioral Exposure Therapy for Veterans with PTSD; a study using virtual reality exposure (VRE) therapy for combat veterans.

Fall Fundraising Luncheon

We are grateful to have so many passionate advocates for mental health in our community. You raised over $445,000 and brought 650 people to last week’s luncheon in support of mental health care, research and community programs in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.  Read More



In the News

Depression Center Medical Director Christopher Schneck discusses his family-centered bipolar research: Read More

Dr. Schneck discusses overlooked signs of Depression: Read More

Dr. Adria Pearson (Depression Center Psychologist) discusses PTSD in the wake of the recent floods: Read More

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2017 Annual Luncheon Video
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2016 Annual Luncheon Video
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2015 Annual Luncheon Video
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