Meet The Harris Program Faculty

Leaders in infant mental health training

Faculty nameAreas of interestContact info

Karen Frankel, PHD


  • Infant and early childhood mental health services
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Child trauma therapy
  • Diagnosis and the DC: 0-3R Diagnostic Classification System
  • Consultation to child care facilities
  • Infant and toddler behavioral medicine

Phone: (303)724-3725

Email: Dr. Frankel

Ayelet Talmi, PHD


  • Integrated mental health services in pediatric primary care
  • Babies and young children with special health care and developmental needs
  • Early childhood system and policy issues
  • Research interests include health systems outcome research, parent-infant relationship development, systems of care of children with special needs

Phone: (720)777-6670

Email: Dr. Talmi

Sue Ammen, PhD
  • Infant, family, and early childhood mental health
  • Parent-child relationship assessment
  • Play therapy and family therapy
  • Reflective supervision & play therapy supervision
  • LGBT families
Email: Dr. Ammen
Jordana R. Ash, LCSW, IMH-E (IV-C)
  • ECMH policy and stategic planning
  • Infant and early childhood mental health
  • Cross-systems collaboration
  • Reflective supervision

Phone: (303)866-6361

Email: Ms. Ash

Bethany Ashby, PsyD 
  • ​Integrated mental health services in pediatric primary care
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Adolescent mothers
  • Research interests include the evaluation of integrated behavioral health services provided in obstetric and pediatrics settings, trauma-informced care, and the impact of trauma on the perinatal period 

Phone: (720)777-5041

Email: Dr. Ashby

Shannon K. Bekman, PhD, IMH-E (IV-C)
  • Infant/early childhood trauma
  • Infants/young children in foster care
  • Dyadic infant-parent psychotherapies
  • Reflective supervision
  • Attachment theory
Email: Dr. Bekman
Joy V. Browne, PhD
  • Physiologic and neurobehavioral responses to environment and caregiving in high-risk infants
  • Effects of long-term hospitalization on the infant and family
  • Evaluation of the effects of a supportive program for infants and families transitioning from NICU to home
  • Neurobehavioral regulation in infancy
Email: Dr. Browne
Melissa B. Buchholz, PhD
  • Pediatric primary care
  • Co-location - pediatrics and mental health
  • Standardized developmental screening
Email: Dr. Buchholz
Maya Bunik, MD, MSPH
  • Breastfeeding and lactation
  • Pediatric nutrition
  • Mental health consultation

Phone: (720)-777-3890

Email: Dr. Bunik

Debbie Carter, MD
  • ​Individual play therapy fundamentals
  • Systems of care collaborations and consulting to mental health agencies and early childhood settings
  • Young child psychopharmacology
  • Assessment and treatment of pregnant mothers with comorbid conditions (mental health and substance abuse issues)

Phone: (303)724-6022

Email: Dr. Carter

Shaleah N. Dardar, MSW, MD
  • Infant and early childhood mental health services
  • Integrated mental health services
  • Perinatal mental Health

Phone: (720)777-9507

Email: Dr. Dardar

Theodore J. Gaensbauer, MD
  • Abused and neglected children
  • Parent-child attachment
Email: Dr. Gaensbauer
Kelly Glaze, PsyD
  • Infant, family, and early childhood mental health
  • Integrated mental health services in WIC and pediatric primary care
  • Pregnancy-related mood and anxiety disorders
  • Childhood trauma
Email: Dr. Glaze
Evelin Gomez, PhD
  • ​Culturally appropriate mental health services
  • Child abuse and trauma
  • Behavioral health consultation
  • Community mental health services for immigrants and refugees
Email: Dr. Gomez
Kimberly Kelsay, MD
  • Assessment of young children using story stem narratives
  • Psychiatric treatment of medically ill asthmatic children

Phone: (720)777-4057

Email: Dr. Kelsay

Jennifer J. Paul, PhD
  • Infant and early childhood assessment
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Postpartum depression
  • Parent-infant psychotherapy
  • Infant mental health consultation
Email: Dr. Paul
Betsy Rogers, LCSW, IMH-E (IV)
  • Reflective supervision
  • Trauma
  • Secondary traumatic stress resilience
  • Child-parent psychotherapy
  • Parent-child interaction therapy

Phone: (303)617-2458

Email: Ms. Rogers

Michelle Roy, Phd, IMH-E (IV)
  • Trauma in infancy and early childhood
  • Interactions with child welfare
  • Postpartum depression

Phone: (303)300-6194

Email: Dr. Roy

Ashley Sward, PsyD, IMH-E
  • Infant mental health consultation
  • Pregnancy-related mood and anxiety disorders
  • Reflective supervision
  • Child-parent psychotherapy
Email: Dr. Sward
Celeste St. John-Larkin, MD
  • Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  • Infant and early childhood mental health
  • Integrated care and consultation to pediatric clinics
  • Telehealth and telephone consultation to providers
  • Parent-infant relationships
  • Medication evaluation and management during pregnancy, postpartum, and early childhood, when indicated

Phone: (720)777-2538

Email: Dr. St. John-Larkin

Catherine Wolcott, PhD
  • Early childhood integrated behavioral health services in primary care
  • Access to culturally sensitive healthcare for Latino families and young children
  • Addressing exposure to toxic stress and trauma in demographically at-risk populations

Phone: (720)777-4931

Email: Dr. Wolcott


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