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

Photo
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

  • Professor
  • Director of Connections Program for High-Risk Infants and Families
  • Interim Director of Perinatal and Family Services, DOPsych Women's Behavioral Health and Wellness
  • Director of Informatics, Department of Psychiatry
  • Director of Technology, CU Brain and Behavior Innovation Center

Recognition & Awards

  • Excellence in Clinical Health Psychology Award, Society for Health Psychology (2022)
  • AAMC Mid-Career Women's Leadership Conference, AAMC (2022)
  • Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Fellow, American Psychological Association (2019)

Publications

  • King DR, Nanda G, Stoddard J, Dempsey A, Hergert S, Shore JH, Torous J. An Introduction to Generative Artificial Intelligence in Mental Health Care: Considerations and Guidance. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2023 Dec;25(12):839-846. PubMed PMID: 38032442
  • Lowe J, Bann CM, Dempsey AG, Fuller J, Taylor HG, Gustafson KE, Watson VE, Vohr BR, Das A, Shankaran S, Yolton K, Ball MB, Hintz SR. Do Bayley-III Composite Scores at 18-22 Months Corrected Age Predict Full-Scale IQ at 6-7 Years in Children Born Extremely Preterm?. J Pediatr. 2023 Dec;263:113700. PubMed PMID: 37640232
  • Lowe J, Fuller JF, Dempsey AG, Do B, Bann CM, Das A, Gustafson KE, Vohr BR, Hintz SR, Watterberg KL. Cortisol awakening response and developmental outcomes at 6-7 years in children born extremely preterm. Pediatr Res. 2023 Feb;93(3):689-695. PubMed PMID: 35715492
  • Novick AM, Kwitowski M, Dempsey J, Cooke DL, Dempsey AG. Technology-Based Approaches for Supporting Perinatal Mental Health. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2022 Sep;24(9):419-429. PubMed PMID: 35870062
  • Lowe J, Fuller JF, Dempsey AG, Do B, Bann CM, Das A, Gustafson KE, Vohr BR, Hintz SR, Watterberg KL. Cortisol awakening response and developmental outcomes at 6-7 years in children born extremely preterm. Pediatr Res. 2022 Jun 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 35715492
  • Cox CS Jr, Juranek J, Kosmach S, Pedroza C, Thakur N, Dempsey A, Rennie K, Scott MC, Jackson M, Kumar A, Aertker B, Caplan H, Triolo F, Savitz SI. Autologous cellular therapy for cerebral palsy: a randomized, crossover trial. Brain Commun. 2022;4(3):fcac131. PubMed PMID: 35702731
  • Kelleher J, Dempsey J, Takamatsu S, Paul JJ, Kent E, Dempsey AG. Adaptation of infant mental health services to preterm infants and their families receiving neonatal intensive care unit services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Infant Ment Health J. 2022 Jan;43(1):100-110. PubMed PMID: 34997613
  • 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. 2022 Apr;43(4):323-329. PubMed PMID: 34529532
  • Dempsey, A. G., Cole, J., Saxton, S. N. (Eds.). Behavioral Health Services with High-Risk Infants and Families. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 2022.
  • Jewell, J. S., Brooks-Russell, A., Mays, G., Dempsey, A., Hyer, J., & Leiferman, J. A. (2022). MODparents: Mothers Overcoming Depression, a feasibility pilot study for pregnant couples. Mental Health & Prevention, in press, 27: 200204: 2022
  • Takamatsu, S., Hall, E., & Dempsey, A. G. Developmental, cognitive, and intelligence testing. In H. Feldman, N. Blum, E. Elias, M. Jimenez, & T. Stancin (Eds.), Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (5th Edition) text book. Elsevier. 2022.
  • 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.
View All (37 Total) View Less

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
  • Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency Certificate Training Program, Certificate (2023)
  • Perinatal Mental Health Certificate, Certificate (2022)
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

Update My Profile
;