Christina Laird, PhD, MSW, BS
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry-Outpatient

Graduate Schools :
  • MSW, University of Denver (2008)
  • PhD, Colorado State University (2002)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Outpatient

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Research Interests

Current research interests include implementation and evaluation of brief EMDR therapy protocols, and investigating pathways by which psychological trauma may lead to increased resilience versus vulnerability.


  • Senior Instructor (2022)
    School of Medicine, Psychiatry
    Clinical Social Work and Psychiatry
  • Assistant Professor (2022)
    School of Medicine, Psychiatry
    Clinical Social Work and Psychiatry


  • Laird, C & Alexander, P. 2019. Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Veterans. Clin Soc Work J.
  • Waxmonsky, J, Kilbourne, AM, Goodrich, DE, Nord, KM, Lai, Z, Laird, C, Clogston, J, Kim, HM, Milller, C, & Bauer, MS. 2014. Enhanced Fidelity to Treatment for Bipolar Disorder: Results From a Randomized Controlled Implementation Trial. Psych Services. 65: 81-90.
  • Waxmonsky J, Kilbourne AM, Goodrich DE, Nord KM, Lai Z, Laird C, Clogston J, Kim HM, Miller C, Bauer MS. Enhanced fidelity to treatment for bipolar disorder: results from a randomized controlled implementation trial. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 Jan 1;65(1):81-90. PubMed PMID: 24129806
  • Thomas D, Plant LD, Wilkens CM, McCrossan ZA, Goldstein SA. Alternative translation initiation in rat brain yields K2P2.1 potassium channels permeable to sodium. Neuron. 2008 Jun 26;58(6):859-70. PubMed PMID: 18579077
  • Wilkens CM, Aldrich RW. State-independent block of BK channels by an intracellular quaternary ammonium. J Gen Physiol. 2006 Sep;128(3):347-64. PubMed PMID: 16940557
  • Wilkens CM, Beam KG. Insertion of alpha1S II-III loop and C terminal sequences into alpha1H fails to restore excitation-contraction coupling in dysgenic myotubes. J Muscle Res Cell Motil. 2003;24(1):99-109. PubMed PMID: 12953840
  • Wilkens CM, Grabner M, Beam KG. Potentiation of the cardiac L-type Ca(2+) channel (alpha(1C)) by dihydropyridine agonist and strong depolarization occur via distinct mechanisms. J Gen Physiol. 2001 Nov;118(5):495-508. PubMed PMID: 11696608
  • Wilkens CM, Kasielke N, Flucher BE, Beam KG, Grabner M. Excitation-contraction coupling is unaffected by drastic alteration of the sequence surrounding residues L720-L764 of the alpha 1S II-III loop. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2001 May 8;98(10):5892-7. PubMed PMID: 11320225
  • Proenza C, Wilkens C, Lorenzon NM, Beam KG. A carboxyl-terminal region important for the expression and targeting of the skeletal muscle dihydropyridine receptor. J Biol Chem. 2000 Jul 28;275(30):23169-74. PubMed PMID: 10801875
  • Proenza C, Wilkens CM, Beam KG. Excitation-contraction coupling is not affected by scrambled sequence in residues 681-690 of the dihydropyridine receptor II-III loop. J Biol Chem. 2000 Sep 29;275(39):29935-7. PubMed PMID: 10915779
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Professional Memberships

  • EMDRIA, Member

Practice Locations

CU Medicine Psychiatry - Outpatient Clinic
1890 N Revere Ct
Anschutz Health Sciences Bldg, Suite 4020
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Certified EMDR Therapist, Certificate (2016)
Care Philosophy
I am committed to embedding powerful, evidence-based methods of psychotherapy within a strong therapeutic relationship, in which we work together to make sense of your struggles and identify a meaningful path forward. My clients have told me they appreciate the balance of compassion and challenge which I provide. I am certified in cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and EMDR therapy. I primarily provide treatment for trauma, mood disorders, relationship problems, and life transitions such as retirement, divorce, illness and loss.

Personal Interests
Outside the office, I’m an avid outdoorsperson where I thrive on mountain and road biking, hiking, trail running and skiing.

Public Speaking
Mental Health Awareness (May 2022)

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • MSW, University of Denver (2008)
  • PhD, Colorado State University (2002)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Outpatient
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

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

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