Our Team

Program Faculty

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Allison G. Dempsey, PhD

Program Director

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Psychologist

Dr. Dempsey has over 10 years of experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings with high-risk infants, their families, and women with high-risk pregnancies. She previously served as Director of Behavioral Health Programs for the Colorado Fetal Care Center and NICU at Children’s Hospital Colorado and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the National Network of NICU Psychologists and the Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Special Interest Group for the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Her clinical focus is on providing services to medically complex infants and their families from pregnancy through early childhood. In the Connections Program she provides services in the inpatient NICU and Labor and Delivery units at University of Colorado Hospital and individual and group psychotherapy in the outpatient setting. Her research focuses on individual, family, and systems level factors that affect an infant’s neurodevelopment, health, and family wellness. She is particularly interested in intervention approaches that can be implemented in the perinatal and neonatal periods.

 

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Jessalyn Kelleher, PsyD

Associate Director of Clinical Services

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Psychologist

Dr. Kelleher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and specializes in the intersection of infant mental health, perinatal and pediatric psychology, and integration of behavioral health services into medical settings.  As a psychologist in the Connections Program, Dr. Kelleher provides services to women, infants, and families in the L&D Unit and the NICU at University of Colorado Hospital and provides outpatient services, including individual and group psychotherapy to women and parents of high-risk infants. She also facilitates therapy and support groups for families who have experienced pregnancy loss in the second or third trimester and for families who have experienced a loss of a baby in the neonatal period.

Dr. Kelleher completed her post-doctoral fellowship in the Harris Infant Mental Health Program at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, which included specialty training in infant mental health, integrated behavioral health care, and child development. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, Massachusetts.

 

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Jack Dempsey, PhD

Associate Director of Program Evaluation

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry

Psychologist

Dr. Dempsey specializes in working with young children with developmental and behavioral challenges and their parents. In the Connections Program, he provides clinical services to support parents of young children (ages 18 months and over) born with medical complications. His services involve parent management training with a focus on managing challenging behaviors, including tantrums, sleep difficulties, and anxiety. He also facilitates the group for fathers/partners for the Connections Program.

Dr. Dempsey serves as the Chair of the Psychology Speciation Interest Group for the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. His research focuses on improving access to evidence-based services for parents of children with developmental and behavioral challenges in early childhood.

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Sarah Nagle-Yang, MD

Visiting Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Psychiatrist

Dr. Nagle-Yang is a specialist in the field of Reproductive Psychiatry and the medical director of the Women's Behavioral Health and Wellness Service. On the national level, she has worked for the past 6 years as the Vice-Chair of the National Task Force for Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, which most recently launched the web-based National Curriculum in Reproductive Psychiatry, designed to allow residency programs without faculty expertise in this area to implement an interactive and comprehensive curriculum.

Dr. Nagle-Yang is currently the secretary-treasurer of the North American Society for Psychosocial Ob/Gyn (NASPOG) and a member of the women’s mental health special interest group of the Academy of Consult-Liaison Psychiatry. She provides psychiatry services to women and partners in the Connections Program.

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Stephanie Takamatsu, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Psychologist

Dr. Takamatsu specializes in working with infants and young children with medical conditions and other developmental and behavioral conditions and their families. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Colorado specializing in neurodevelopmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

As a psychologist in the Connections Program, Dr. Takamatsu provides services to infants and families in the NICU at University of Colorado Hospital and provides outpatient services, including individual and group psychotherapy to women and parents, parent management training, and developmental assessments.

Annelise M. Cunningham, PhD

Annelise M. Cunningham, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Psychologist

Dr. Cunningham specializes in infant and perinatal mental health. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where her training encompassed working with caregivers and infants in hospital, community, and inpatient settings. Dr. Cunningham has presented infant and maternal research regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Her clinical and research interests include how previous experiences, including trauma and adverse events, impact caregivers’ transition into pregnancy and subsequently parenthood (e.g., caregiver anxiety and depression, attunement, attachment). She additionally has training in neurodevelopmental assessment of high-risk infants and toddlers. On the Connections team, Dr. Cunningham provides services to infants, women, and families through the continuum of care (antepartum-postpartum periods). 

Danielle L. Cooke, PhD

Danielle L. Cooke, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Psychologist

Dr. Cooke is a psychology postdoctoral fellow with the Connections Program in the Department of Psychiatry Women’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Services at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. She received her PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology as well as Clinical and Translational Science from the University of Florida following the completion of her clinical internship in pediatric psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. 

As a psychologist in the Connections Program, Dr. Cooke provides support to medically complex infants and children, as well as their families from pregnancy through early childhood. Dr. Cooke’s research interests include transdiagnostic factors that impact treatment outcomes and perinatal mental health conditions (particularly perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder).

Program Staff

Alejandra Santisteban

Alejandra Santisteban, MPH

Program Manager

Hisham Nsier

Hisham Nsier, BS

Professional Research Assistant

Kendra Huber

Kendra Huber, BS

Administrative Coordinator