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Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry is a diverse community of staff and faculty dedicated to our mission. It is comprised of over 300 regular, affiliate, and volunteer clinical faculty, working at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, UCHealth/University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health Medical Center, and the VA Medical Center, as well as at the Department of Corrections and the Colorado Mental Health Institutes at Pueblo & Ft. Logan. Currently, the general adult psychiatry residency is ACGME accredited for 45 positions, the child and adolescent psychiatry residency is ACGME accredited for 14 positions, the addiction psychiatry fellowship is ACGME accredited for 3 positions, the consult-liaison psychiatry fellowship is ACGME accredited for 3 positions and the forensic psychiatry fellowship is ACGME accredited for 4 positions. The department is dedicated to serving a community in which we value all people and have a continued commitment to diversity and inclusion in our clinical, research, treatment and educational activities. 



Dr. Neill Epperson

Chair, Department of Psychiatry



Our  Vision

The CU Department of Psychiatry sets the standard for Education and Training of leaders in psychiatry and mental health care, conducts ground-breaking Research that aims to eradicate suffering due to psychiatric and substance use disorders, provides ready access to state of-the-art mental health preventions and interventions across the continuum of care, and collaborates with the community and other key stakeholders to promote well-being among all Coloradans. We accomplish this vision in a manner that respects, values and advocates for the dignity and worth of each individual and family.

Our Mission

Core Mission: We provide a safe, equitable and inclusive environment for trainees, faculty, staff, and patients.  We bridge the gaps of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity, ability status, religion, political beliefs, socioeconomic status and any other factors related to systemic oppression by trusting and honoring each other and our differences. Our Department promotes unbiased recruitment of qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds in all mission areas.  We focus on retention, career advancement and promotion through empowering individuals and creating an environment that facilitates continuous growth and success.

Education and Training MissionThrough our educational programs, we train medical students, graduate students, residents, psychology interns, fellows, and practicing health care professionals to be future leaders in mental health and behavioral health disciplines.  We train leaders who recognize and work to eradicate health inequities that weaken families and communities.

Research MissionOur interdisciplinary research programs produce new knowledge regarding the causes of mental illness and substance use disorders as well as the psychosocial, behavioral and sociocultural aspects of physical and mental health conditions. We identify, develop, and implement new, early prevention strategies and novel interventions to improve the lives of all human beings.  We seek to be rigorous and inclusive in all of our scientific endeavors. 

Clinical Care MissionThrough state-of-the-art clinical services, we deliver a full range of mental health and behavioral health interventions for patients and their families. These include neurobehavioral assessments, psychotherapy, behavioral change and health promotion strategies, neuromodulation and psychopharmacology services that recognize the wealth of cultural knowledge on how social contexts impact physical and psychological well-being. 

Community and Advocacy Mission: We work with our local communities, affiliated institutions, and state and federal government agencies to promote strategies for increasing mental health awareness, reducing stigma, identifying and eliminating health disparities, and standing against discrimination and harassment to all members in our community. 




  • March 21

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    Mar 20, 2023
    Sarah Schwenk and Leslie Choi, co-directors of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Training at the CU College of Nursing, are featured in an article for CU Anschutz News...
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    Mar 6, 2023
    Dr. Bruno Anthony was interviewed for a CBS News article that discusses the partnership between Cherry Creek School District, The University of Colorado and Children's Hospital Colorado...
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    Feb 20, 2023
    Dr. Joseph Sakai, an addiction psychiatrist, is featured in a Denver7article...
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    Jan 23, 2023
    Dr. Liz Chamberlain’s article for CU Medicine offers 4 steps to help you succeed with your New Year’s PLAN (Probe, Learn, Anticipate, Negotiate)...
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    Dec 31, 2022
    Scott Cypers, PhD, director of stress andanxiety programs at the CU Anschutz Department of Psychiatry, discusses how adults can help youth attack anxiety in an article for Steamboat Pilot & Today...
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    Rachel Davis, MD featured on an episode of BBC Radio show 'Phantoms in the Brain'

    Dec 14, 2022 by Emily Roberts
    Rachel Davis, MD of the Department of Psychiatry was featured on an episode of BBC Radio show Phantoms in the Brain, which explores the links between physical and mental health, and how the distinction between body and mind may be artificial and unhelpful.
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Psychiatry (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Anschutz Health Sciences Building

1890 N Revere Ct

Suite 4003

Mail Stop F546

Aurora, CO 80045


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