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

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)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Child Psychology Program (2013)
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation Program, Pediatric Psychology (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Child-CHC

Professional Titles

  • Child and Adolescent Psychologist
  • Clinical Director of Ambulatory Services, Pediatric Mental Health Institute, Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Assistant 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.


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


  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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
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)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Child Psychology Program (2013)
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation Program, Pediatric Psychology (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Child-CHC