Allison Dempsey, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry-Other CI Services

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Graduate Schools :
  • MA, Towson University (2004)
  • MEd, University of Florida (2007)
  • PhD, University of Florida (2009)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Wisconsin–Madison (WI) (2002)
Internship:
  • Children's Hospital of Michigan Program (2009)
Department: Psychiatry-Other CI Services

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Connections Program for High-Risk Infants and Families
  • Director of Program Evaluation, DOPsych Women's Behavioral Health and Wellness

Recognition & Awards

  • Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Fellow, American Psychological Association (2019)

Publications

  • Jewell JS, Farewell CV, Walls J, Brooks-Russell A, Dempsey A, Leiferman JA. Parents' Mental Health Experiences during the Perinatal Transition: A Qualitative Study. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2021 Sep 16;:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34529532
  • Dempsey J, Ahmed K, Simon AR, Hayutin LG, Monteiro S, Dempsey AG. Adaptive Behavior Profiles of Intellectually Gifted Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2021 Jun-Jul 01;42(5):374-379. PubMed PMID: 34110306
  • Fleming H, Dempsey AG, Palmer C, Dempsey J, Friedman S, Galan HL, Gien J. Primary contributors to gastrostomy tube placement in infants with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Nov;56(11):1949-1956. PubMed PMID: 33773801
  • Hall S, White A, Ballas J, Saxton SN, Dempsey A, Saxer K. Education in Trauma-Informed Care in Maternity Settings Can Promote Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2021 May;50(3):340-351. PubMed PMID: 33493462
  • Dempsey AG, Saxton SN. Editorial: Mental Health in Pregnancy and Child Development: Implications for Mental Health Service Delivery. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2021 Jan;60(1):32-34. PubMed PMID: 32682895
  • Dempsey AG, Chavis L, Willis T, Zuk J, Cole JCM. Addressing Perinatal Mental Health Risk within a Fetal Care Center. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2021 Mar;28(1):125-136. PubMed PMID: 32472343
  • Dempsey AG, Goode RH, Colon MT, Holubeck P, Nsier H, Zopatti K, Needelman H. Variations in Criteria for Eligibility Determination for Early Intervention Services with a Focus on Eligibility for Children with Neonatal Complications. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2020 Oct-Nov;41(8):646-655. PubMed PMID: 33027105
  • Dempsey AG, Keller-Margulis MA. Developmental and medical factors associated with parenting stress in mothers of toddlers born very preterm in a neonatal follow-up clinic. Infant Ment Health J. 2020 Sep;41(5):651-661. PubMed PMID: 32845537
  • Dempsey AG, Saxton SN. Editorial: Mental Health in Pregnancy and Child Development: Implications for Mental Health Service Delivery. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2020 Jul 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32682895
  • Dempsey AG, Chavis L, Willis T, Zuk J, Cole JCM. Addressing Perinatal Mental Health Risk within a Fetal Care Center. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2020 May 29. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32472343
  • Arnold C, Tyson JE, Pedroza C, Carlo WA, Stevenson DK, Wong R, Dempsey A, Khan A, Fonseca R, Wyckoff M, Moreira A, Lasky R. Cycled Phototherapy Dose-Finding Study for Extremely Low-Birth-Weight Infants: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2020 Jul 1;174(7):649-656. PubMed PMID: 32338720
  • Saxton SN, Dempsey AG, Willis T, Baughcum AE, Chavis L, Hoffman C, Fulco CJ, Milford CA, Steinberg Z. Essential Knowledge and Competencies for Psychologists Working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2020 Dec;27(4):830-841. PubMed PMID: 31776758
  • Keller-Margulis MA, Dempsey AG. Children Born Preterm at Preschool Age: Performance on Measures of Early Academic Skills Performance and Cognitive Functioning. Early Childhood Educ J 2020 48(2): 203-211.
  • Brumbaugh, JE, Bell, EF, Grey, SF, DeMauro, SB, Vohr, BR, Harmon, HM, ... & Peralta-Carcelen, MA; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Behavior Profiles at 2 Years for Children Born Extremely Preterm with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. The Journal of Pediatrics 2020
  • Harmon, H.M., Jensen, E.A., Tan, S., Chaudhary, A.S., Slaughter, J.L., Bell, E.F., Wyckoff, M.H., Hensman, A.M., Sokol, G.M., DeMauro, S.B; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. . "Timing of postnatal steroids for bronchopulmonary dysplasia: association with pulmonary and neurodevelopmental outcomes." Journal of Perinatology 40, no. 4 (2020): 616-627.
  • Stotts AL, Villarreal YR, Klawans MR, Suchting R, Dindo L, Dempsey A, Spellman M, Green C, Northrup TF. Psychological Flexibility and Depression in New Mothers of Medically Vulnerable Infants: A Mediational Analysis. Matern Child Health J. 2019 Jan 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30610529
  • Duncan AF, Bann CM, Dempsey A, Peralta-Carcelen M, Hintz S. Behavioral Deficits at 18-22 Months of Age Are Associated with Early Cerebellar Injury and Cognitive and Language Performance in Children Born Extremely Preterm. J Pediatr. 2019 Jan;204:148-156.e4. PubMed PMID: 30292492
  • Dempsey J, Dempsey AG. Autism Spectrum Disorder Severity, Developmental Delays, and Overweight/Obese Weight Status. J Pediatr. 2019 Feb;205:9-11. PubMed PMID: 30448275
  • Stotts AL, Villarreal YR, Klawans MR, Suchting R, Dindo L, Dempsey A, Spellman M, Green C, Northrup TF. Psychological Flexibility and Depression in New Mothers of Medically Vulnerable Infants: A Mediational Analysis. Matern Child Health J. 2019 Jun;23(6):821-829. PubMed PMID: 30610529
  • Duncan AF, Bann CM, Dempsey AG, Adams-Chapman I, Heyne R, Hintz SR. Neuroimaging and Bayley-III correlates of early hand function in extremely preterm children. J Perinatol. 2019 Mar;39(3):488-496. PubMed PMID: 30692613
  • Duncan AF, Bann CM, Dempsey A, Peralta-Carcelen M, Hintz S. Behavioral Deficits at 18-22 Months of Age Are Associated with Early Cerebellar Injury and Cognitive and Language Performance in Children Born Extremely Preterm. J Pediatr. 2018 Oct 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30292492
  • Dempsey, J., Ahmed, K.L., Simon, A.R., Hayutin, L., Monteiro, S. A. & Dempsey, A.G. Adaptive behavior profiles of intellectually gifted children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. In Press.
  • Laptook, A. R., Shankaran, S., Barnes, P., Rollins, N., Do, B. T., Parikh, N. A., ... & Ambalavanan, N.; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network (2020). Limitations of Conventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging as a Predictor of Death or Disability Following Neonatal Hypoxic–Ischemic Encephalopathy in the Late Hypothermia Trial. The Journal of Pediatrics. In Press.
  • Dempsey, A. G., Cole, J., Saxton, S. N. (Eds.) (In Press). Behavioral Health Services with High-Risk Infants and Families. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Kelleher, J., Dempsey, J., Takamatsu, S., Paul, J. J., Kent, E., & Dempsey, A. G. Adaptation of infant mental health services to preterm infants and their families receiving neonatal intensive care unit services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Infant Mental Health Journal. In Press.
  • Takamatsu, S., Hall, E., & Dempsey, A. G. (In Press). Developmental, cognitive, and intelligence testing. In H. Feldman, N. Blum, E. Elias, M. Jimenez, & T. Stancin (Eds.), Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (5th Edition) Textbook. Elsevier.
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Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association, Member
  • Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Member; Co-Chair Early Childhood Special Interest Group
  • National Network of NICU Psychologists, Co-Chair, Executive Council

Practice Locations

UCHealth - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - Anschutz
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-5224

CU Medicine Psychiatry - Women's Behavioral Health and Wellness
1890 N Revere Ct
Anschutz Health Sciences Bldg, Suite 5003
Aurora, CO 80045
303-724-1646

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • University of Colorado Hospital
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Psychology
Conditions & Treatments
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Anxiety
  • Mental Health and Behavior
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Depression
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Postpartum Depression
  • Pregnancy and Reproduction - Maternal and Fetal Health
  • Pregnancy and Reproduction

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • MA, Towson University (2004)
  • MEd, University of Florida (2007)
  • PhD, University of Florida (2009)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Wisconsin–Madison (WI) (2002)
Internships:
  • Children's Hospital of Michigan Program (2009)
Department: Psychiatry-Other CI Services
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

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

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