Patrick Romani, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry-Child-CHC

Graduate School :
  • PhD, University of Iowa (2014)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Iowa (IA) (2008)
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Program (2014)
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center Program, Psychology (2015)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Child-CHC

Research Interests

My research interests focus on identifying the most effective assessment and treatment procedures for children engaging in severe problem behavior (e.g., self-injurious behavior, aggression). Additionally, I am interested in learning how to increase access and decrease costs associated with receiving these clinical services by studying the delivery of these clinical services via telehealth. My other research interests include identifying procedures for decreasing the likelihood treatment relapse will occur.


  • Assistant Professor (2015)
    School of Medicine, Psychiatry
    Functional analysis and function-based treatment of severe behavior disorders. Translational research interests are behavioral momentum theory and behavioral economics.


  • Romani, P. W., Ariefdjohan, M., Jensen Gaffey, L. L., Torres-Dominguez, M., & Lister, J. (2020). Relations between patient and staff-member characteristics and staff member injury on a psychiatric inpatient unit for children with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 33, 125 – 130. doi: 10.1111/jcap.12291
  • Hays, T. M. & Romani, P. W. (2020). Use of the Performance Diagnostic Checklist-Human Services to assess hand hygiene compliance in a hospital. Behavior Analysis in Practice. doi: 10.1007/s40617-020-00461-8
  • Lindgren, S. D., Wacker, D. P., Schieltz, K. M., Suess, A. N., O’Brien, M. J., Romani, P. W., Lee, J., & Waldron, D. (2020). A randomized controlled trial of functional communication training via telehealth for young children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-020-04451-1
  • Lichtblau KR, Romani PW, Greer BD, Fisher WW, Bragdon AK. Remote treatment of sleep-related trichotillomania and trichophagia. J Appl Behav Anal. 2018 Apr;51(2):255-262. PubMed PMID: 29468679
  • Fisher WW, Greer BD, Mitteer DR, Fuhrman AM, Romani PW, Zangrillo AN. Further evaluation of differential exposure to establishing operations during functional communication training. J Appl Behav Anal. 2018 Apr;51(2):360-373. PubMed PMID: 29512153
  • Romani PW, Alcorn AS, Linares J. Improving Accuracy of Data Collection on a Psychiatric Unit for Children Diagnosed With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Behav Anal Pract. 2018 Dec 31;11(4):307-314. PubMed PMID: 30538904
  • Romani, P. W. (in press, invited manuscript). Reflections on conducting pediatric mental health research as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics.
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Professional Memberships

  • Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Member
  • Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis (HLABA), Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus
13001 E. 17th Pl
Fitzsimons Bldg, 2nd Floor, West Wing
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Psychology
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral, Board Certification (2014)
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests involve identifying the function (i.e., purpose) of problem behavior and developing function-based treatments to decrease problem behavior and increase appropriate behaviors (e.g., compliance with adult instructions).

Care Philosophy
I believe in a collaborative approach to assessing and treating problem behavior, and am sure to include the patient and their family's preferences into the treatment planning process.

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, reading, and being with my family.

Public Speaking
I have presented at national and regional conferences on my clinical and research interests.

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, University of Iowa (2014)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Iowa (IA) (2008)
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Program (2014)
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center Program, Psychology (2015)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Child-CHC