Jessica Hawks, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry-Child-CHC

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Graduate Schools :
  • Ed.S., Utah State University (2011)
  • PhD, Utah State University (2013)
  • MS, Utah State University (2008)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Utah State University (UT) (2005)
Internship:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Child Psychology Program (2013)
Fellowships:
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation Program, Pediatric Psychology (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Child-CHC

Professional Titles

  • Child and Adolescent Psychologist
  • Clinical Director, Pediatric Mental Health Institute, Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Associate Professor, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Recognition & Awards

  • Hospital Hero, U.S. News & World Report (2020)
    Special ongoing series spotlighting the extraordinary efforts being mounted by health professionals in the trenches of fighting the historic coronavirus pandemic.
  • Leadership for Innovative Team Science Program Awardee, University of Colorado, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (2018)
    This is a competitive year-long leadership training program for academic leaders on the Anschutz Medical Campus that is aimed at building leadership for clinical and translational science.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Dolgan Award for Exemplary Supervision and Mentorship, Pediatric Mental Health Institute, Children's Hospital Colorado (2016)
    Trainee-nominated award for providing exemplary supervision and mentorship to psychology trainees.

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily focused on developing effective treatments for children with behavioral concerns and/or chronic irritability.

Teaching

  • Course Director (2016)
    School of Medicine, Psychiatry
    Parent-Child Group-Based Treatment of Disruptive Behaviors/Irritability

Publications

  • Holland, M., Hawks, J., Morelli, L.C., & Khan, Z. (2021). Risk assessment and crisis intervention for youth in a time of telehealth. Contemporary School Psychology. Advance online publication: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40688-020-00341-6
  • Hawks, J., Pitula, C., & Shoop, J. (2021). A transdiagnostic approach to the treatment of autonomic dysfunction associated with orthostatic intolerance in pediatric patients. The Behavior Therapist, 44(1), 32-37.
  • Folk JB, Schiel MA, Oblath R, Feuer V, Sharma A, Khan S, Doan B, Kulkarni C, Ramtekkar U, Hawks J, Fornari V, Fortuna LR, Myers K. The Transition of Academic Mental Health Clinics to Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2021 Jun 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34119633
  • Holland M, Hawks J, Morelli LC, Khan Z. Risk Assessment and Crisis Intervention for Youth in a Time of Telehealth. Contemp Sch Psychol. 2021 Jan 6;:1-15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33425481
  • Hawks, J., *Pitula, C., & *Shoop, J. (2021). A transdiagnostic approach to the treatment of autonomic dysfunction associated with orthostatic intolerance in pediatric patients. The Behavior Therapist, 44(1), 32-37.
  • Romani, P.W., Kennedy, S., Sheffield, K., Ament, A.M., Schiel, M., Hawks, J. & Murphy, J. (2021). Pediatric mental healthcare providers’ perceptions of the delivery of partial-hospitalization and outpatient services via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
  • Hawks, J. Kennedy, S., & Holzman, J. (2021). Anger, Irritability, and Disruptive Behavior Problems. In J. Ehrenreich-May & S. Kennedy (Eds.). Applications of the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Oxford.
  • Hawks, J. (2021, March). Balancing parenting and work during the COVID-19 pandemic. NewsNow! Monthly Updates for Our Community Partners. Retrieved from: https://www.childrenscolorado.org/doctors-and-departments/departments/psych/mental-health-professional-resources/primary-care-articles/work-parenting-covid19/
  • Henry, L. & Hawks, J. (2021, July). Psychiatric acute levels of care. NewsNow! Monthly Updates for Our Community Partners. Retrieved from: https://www.childrenscolorado.org/doctors-and-departments/departments/psych/mental-health-professional-resources/primary-care-articles/psychiatric-care-levels/
  • Hawks JL, Kennedy SM, Holzman JBW, Ehrenreich-May J. Development and Application of an Innovative Transdiagnostic Treatment Approach for Pediatric Irritability. Behav Ther. 2020 Mar;51(2):334-349. PubMed PMID: 32138942
  • Kennedy, S. & Hawks, J. (senior author; 2020). A randomized controlled pilot trial testing an inhibitory learning model of extinction in anxious youth. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2020.09.011
  • Turner, S., Foss, A., Malmberg, J., & Disabato, J. (2019). Minding the gap in pediatric headache care: Can a focus on quality measures improve Outcomes? Neurology Clinical Practice, 9(3), 187-193.
  • Ariefdjohan, M., Judd-Glossy, L., Hawks, J., Lindwall, J., & Carubia, B. (2019). Mental health providers and trainees’ experience of treating pediatric patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES): A clinical survey. Colorado Journal of Psychiatry and Psychology, 3(1), 67-75.
  • Holland, M. L., Malmberg, J., Gimpel, G. A. (2017). Emotional and behavioral problems of young children: Effective interventions in the preschool and kindergarten years (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Germone, M., Judd-Glossy, L., Malmberg, J., Barnes, J., Costello, L., Schiel, M.,…Cypers, S. (2017). Academic medicine commentary: Experiences of early career faculty in pediatric mental health. Colorado Journal of Psychiatry and Psychology, 2(1), 5-17.
  • Twohy, E., Malmberg, J., & Williams, J. (2017). A comprehensive transdiagnostic approach to pediatric behavioral health. Colorado Journal of Psychiatry and Psychology, 2(1), 43-57.
  • Malmberg, J. & Field, C. (2013) Preventative behavioral parent training: A preliminary investigation of strategies for preventing at-risk children from developing later conduct problems. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 35(3), 212-227.
  • Handwerk, M., Field, C., Dahl, A., & Malmberg, J. (2012). Conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and disruptive behavior disorders. In M. Hersen & P. Sturmey (Eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Psychology: Child and Adolescent Disorders (Vol. 3, pp. 267-302). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
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Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA), Member
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Member
  • Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP), Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Conditions & Treatments
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
  • Mental Health and Behavior
  • Child and Teen Health - Parenting
  • Child and Teen Health
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include the assessment and treatment of common childhood behavioral difficulties (e.g., tantrums, noncompliance, toileting/feeding/sleeping difficulties, etc.), severe behavioral concerns, and chronic irritability. Primary diagnoses of patients I treat include ODD, ADHD, and DMDD. My treatment approach prioritizes working with both the patient and parent/caregiver in addressing these concerns.

Care Philosophy
I use a family-focused and collaborative approach. I believe in the importance of taking time to understand why challenges may be occurring and developing an evidence-based treatment plan that is tailored to the individual needs of the patient and family. Primary therapeutic modalities I use include cognitive behavior therapy, behavior therapy, and parent/caregiver coaching.

Personal Interests
I really enjoy being in the mountains, especially camping and hiking. I also love to travel and spend time with my family.

Public Speaking
Yes
I routinely speak with media outlets regarding youth mental health concerns and ways in which adults can best support them. I enjoy presenting to community agencies, businesses, and schools on topics related to parenting, managing difficult behavioral concerns, and transdiagnostic approaches to youth mental health.

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • Ed.S., Utah State University (2011)
  • PhD, Utah State University (2013)
  • MS, Utah State University (2008)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Utah State University (UT) (2005)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Child Psychology Program (2013)
Fellowships:
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation Program, Pediatric Psychology (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Child-CHC
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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