Mariella Saavedra Carquin, MA
Sr. Instructor, Psychiatry-Child-CHC

Graduate Schools :
  • EdM, Columbia University
  • MA, Columbia University
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Middlebury College (VT)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Psychiatry-Child-CHC

Professional Titles

  • Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician
  • Licensed Professional Counselor


  • Blanca Elizabeth Vega, H. Kenny Nienhusser & Mariella Saavedra Carquin-Hamichand (2022) “When I Would Hurt”: Undocumented Students’ Responses to Obstacles Faced during the College Choice Process, The Educational Forum, DOI: 10.1080/00131725.2021.2020944
  • Nienhusser, H. K., Vega, B. E., & Saavedra Carquin, M. (2016). Undocumented immigrants’ experiences with microaggressions during their college choice process. Teachers College Record, 118 (2).
  • Nienhusser, H. Kenny & Vega, Blanca Elizabeth & Saavedra, Mariella. (2015). Briding the Gap: Guiding the College Search of Undocumented Students. Journal of College Admission. Fall 2015. 30-34.

Practice Locations

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

Specialty Information

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Care Philosophy
My approach is eclectic and I adjust it according to the individual client. I have a humanistic and interpersonal approach that can sometimes include writing and other artistic outlets for creativity. I often utilize CBT techniques to help clients gain an understanding of how thoughts are connected to emotions and subsequent behavior. I believe that healing can come from different avenues, and can incorporate the spiritual, the artistic, nature, and nutrition/wellness. I am an avid museum-goer and also enjoy writing poetry, especially as an outlet for grief. I believe in an intersectional and systems approach to therapy, especially given racial trauma and discriminatory actions taken towards BIPOC populations.

Personal Interests
I am passionate about creative writing and am working on a poetry collection. I enjoy going to concerts, reading, and being outdoors.

Volunteer Activities
I am interested in intuitive eating, the connection between nutrition and well-being, food access/food justice, and urban farming. I volunteer with Denver Botanic Gardens with the Horticulture team. I have also volunteered with a food education organization.

Public Speaking
Microaggressions experienced by undocumented youth during college-going process; Emotional impact of undocumented immigrant status on immigrant youth

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • EdM, Columbia University (0001)
  • MA, Columbia University (0001)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Middlebury College (VT) (0001)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Psychiatry-Child-CHC
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

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

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