Faculty

Mandy Allison, PhD

Mandy Allison

Before medical school, Dr. Allison taught public schools in Mississippi where she saw the effect of poor health on school children which led to her focus on pediatrics and preventative care. She attended medical school and completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Utah. She first came to the University of Colorado in 2004 where she completed the Primary Care Research Fellowship and obtained a Masters in Public Health. Dr. Allison was a member of the General Pediatrics faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah from July 2006 to July 2012 where she taught and saw patients in a resident continuity clinic serving low-income Latino patients. 

Dr. Allison returned to the University of Colorado in August 2012. She conducts immunization delivery and school health research. She has been involved with school health at the local, state and national levels including serving on the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on School Health Executive Committee. Dr. Allison's goal is to improve health, mental health, and academic outcomes for undeserved children by changing systems of care and increasing collaboration between physicians and schools.


Amanda Dempsey, MD, MPH, PhD

Amanda Dempsey

Amanda Dempsey is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver. She had a longstanding research interest in interventions to improve the delivery of recommended immunizations to children and adolescents. Current projects with the mHealth Impact Lab have focused on using community feedback to optimize a text massaging intervention for teens and their parents to improve awareness and compliance with getting all three doses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series in order to optimize the prevention of HPV-related diseases like cervical cancer.

Mandy recently co-organized a campus-wide "mHealth Symposium" to introduce concepts and issues related to mHealth intervention development, evaluation and research to the broader Anschutz research community and also co-organizes a monthly digital health "Meetup" for Anschutz faculty and staff interest in digital health technology. Amanda's research interests include vaccine refusal, human papillomavirus infection and mathematical modeling. Her clinical interests include sick and well general pediatrics, well newborn care and pediatric dermatology.


Maya Bunik, MD, MSPH

Maya Bunik is a Medical Director of Child Health Clinic and has a faculty practice and referral clinic for Breastfeeding Management. Her main health services research interests are improving breastfeeding initiation and duration and healthy early infant feeding practices (ages zero to three) as they relate to the continuum of obesity for low-income populations and more specifically, Latinos. Her other interest involve quality improvement with primary care issues such as asthma, second hand smoke and integrated mental health in the outpatient setting.

She has published investigations in combination feeding (breast and formula) in Latina mothers as well as telephone support and culturally-enhanced scripted guidelines to support breastfeeding in low-income Latina's; completed secondary database study of breastfeeding and enrollment in the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program. Also, she published the evaluation of an innovative field trip model breastfeeding curriculum that she developed during her time at Children's hospital Oakland. She was invited to speak about Planning a Research Agenda for WIC and Breastfeeding by the Institute of Medicine last summer and was thrilled to have her research cited in the Surgeon General's Call to Action on Breastfeeding.  


 Jacinda Nicklas, MD, MPH, MA

Dr. Jacinda Nicklas is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She practices internal medicine weight loss medicine. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in internal medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed her clinical research fellowship in Integrative Medicine and General Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on women's health, obesity, weight loss, and disease prevention. She specializes in weight control throughout the reproductive cycle, including pre-conception, during pregnancy, postpartum, and through menopause. She recently completed the TEAM GDM (Taking Early Action for Mothers with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus) study, where she and a team of researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital showed successful weight loss with a web-based lifestyle intervention program for women with recent gestational diabetes. She is currently testing a mobile health program called Fit After Baby for postpartum women at elevated risk for diabetes and heart disease. 


Sharon Devine, JD, PhD

Sharon conducts evaluation research in the areas of reducing teen pregnancy and improving clinical care for STD and HIV/AIDS. She has a joint appointment at the Colorado School of Pubic Health and the Downtown Campus of the University of Colorado Denver. She teaches in the Anthropology and Health and Behavioral Sciences Departments and is a co-chair of the Social and Behavioral Panel for the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB) and also reviews exempt and expedited research protocols for COMIRB. 

Sharon obtained her bachelor's degree in linguistics from Georgetown University, a JD from Boston University and a MA in Anthropology and PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences of UCD. 

 

 


 Jenn Leiferman, PhD

Jenn Leiferman

Dr. Jenn Leiferman is an Associate Professor at the community and Behavioral Health Department at the Colorado School of Public Health. Her research interest lie in the area of maternal and child health, focusing on parental mental health and how it affects parenting practices and child health outcomes. She is currently working at designing ways to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of perinatal depression.

Dr. Leiferman has published several articles related to parental depression, maternal health behaviors (e.g. exercise, smoking, parenting practices) and birth outcomes as well as health services research (e.g. improving patient-provider communication during pregnancy). Once of her more recent publications is 'physical activity and pregnancy: past and present evidence and future recommendations.


 Aarti Munjal, PhD 

Aarti Munjal

Aarti Munjal received her PhD (MCS) from Colorado School of Mines in 2012, an M.Tech (ICT) degree from Bhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology in 2007, and a B.Tech (CE) degree from Kurukshetra University in 2003. She is currently an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Denver. Her research interests include modeling simulations for wireless networks, developing software and mobile applications for improving public health, and using statistical methods/analysis to estimate power and sample-size for multilevel and longitudinal studies.

Dr. Munjal works as a software engineer in the mHealth Impact Laboratory and is responsible for collecting requirements, designing, and developing the mobile applications. In addition to preparing the functional and design documents for the application as well as deployment on web and mobile platforms, she also provides support once the application goes live.