Helen L Coons, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry-Other CI Services

Graduate Schools :
  • PhD, Temple University Graduate School (1990)
  • MS, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1985)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Wisconsin–Madison (WI) (1980)
  • Duke University Hospital Program (1989)
Department: Psychiatry-Other CI Services

Professional Titles

  • Clinical Director, Women's Behavioral Health and Wellness Service Line, Department of Psychiatry, UCSOM
  • Associate Professor

Recognition & Awards

  • American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for the APA Leaderdership Institute for Women in Psychology, American Psychological Association (2019)
  • American Psychological Association Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) Psychology of Women Heritage Award., American Psychological Association Psychology of Women Heritage Award (2018)


  • Santoro, N., Coons, H.L., El-Khoudary, S., Epperson, C.N., Holt-Lunstad, J., Lindsey, S., Marlatt, K., Montella, P., Richard-Davis, G., Rockette-Wagner, B., Salive, M., Stuenkel, C., Thurston, R., Woods, N., & Wyatt, H. (2022). NAMS 2021 Utian Translational Science Symposium. Washington, DC. Charting the path to health in midlife and beyond: The biology and practice of wellness. Menopause. 29:504-13. PMID: 35486944 DOI: 10.1097/GME.0000000000001995.
  • Huynh, V., Vemuru, S., Hampanda, K., Pettigrew, J., Fasano, M., Coons, H.L., Rojas, K.E., Afghahi, A., Ahrendt, G., Kim, S., Matlock, D.D., & Tevis, S.E. (2022). No One-Size-Fits-All: Sexual Health Education Preferences in Patients with Breast Cancer. Annuals of Surgical Oncology. 29, No. SUPPL 1, 259-260. https://doi.org/10.1245/s10434-022-12126-7.
  • Sopfe, J., Pettigrew, J., Afghahi, A., Appiah, L., & Coons, H.L. (2021). Interventions to improve sexual health in female cancer survivors: Review and recommendations. Cancers. 13(13), 3153; https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers13133153.
  • Phimphasone-Brady P, Palmer B, Vela A, Johnson RL, Harnke B, Hoffecker L, Coons HL, Epperson CN, Psychosocial interventions for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials., F&S Reviews (2021), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/ j.xfnr.2021.11.004. 
  • Reinman L, Coons HL, Sopfe J, Casey R. Psychosexual Care of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Survivors. Children (Basel). 2021 Nov 16; 8(11). PMID: 34828771.
  • Marsh, S., Borges, V.F. & Coons, H.L. & Afghahi, A. (2020). Sexual health after a breast cancer diagnosis in young women: Clinical implications for patients and providers. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 184:655–663 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10549-020-05880-3
  • Miles-Cohen, S., Brown, K.S., Shulman, S.L. & Coons, H.L. (2020). American Psychological Association (APA) Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology: Ten Years of Herstory, Impacts and Next Steps. Psychologist-Manager Journal. 23(3-4), 139–162. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/mgr0000099
  • Coons, H.L., Berkowitz, S. & David, R.A. (March, 2020). Self-care Advice for Health-Care Providers During Covid-19. American Psychological Association Services Inc. https://www.apaservices.org/practice/ce/self-care/health-providers-covid-19.
  • Coons, H.L., Hunter, W.M., Berkowitz, S.J., Davis, R.A., Rothberg, B.A., & Epperson, C.N. (August, 2020). Well-Being Services for Health Care Workers During the COVID Pandemic: Program Highlights from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine. The Health Psychologist. https://div38healthpsychologist.com/2020/08/04/well-being-services-for-health-care-workers-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-program-highlights-from-the-department-of-psychiatry-university-of-colorado-school-of-medicine/.
  • Ludwigson, A., Huynh, V., Vemuru, S., Romandetti, K., Fisher, C., Coons, H.L., Pettigrew, J., Hampanda, K., Kaoutzanis, C., Ahrendt, G., Afghahi, A., Stewart, C., & Tevis, S. (In Press). Characterizing Informational Needs and Information Seeking Behavior of Patients with Breast Cancer. Patient Education and Counseling.
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Practice Locations

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

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Psychology, Board Certification
  • Clinical Health Psychology, Board Certification (2007)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Women's Health
Public Speaking
Women coping with breast and gyn cancers Fear of recurrence after breast and gyn cancer Sexual health in women with cancer Young women with cancer Women with advanced cancer Stress in women Coping with infertility, pregnancy loss Perinatal mood disorders PCOS Menopause Persistent Pelvic Pain

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, Temple University Graduate School (1990)
  • MS, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1985)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Wisconsin–Madison (WI) (1980)
  • Duke University Hospital Program (1989)
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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