Faculty and Staff
Jenn Leiferman, PhD
Dr. Leiferman is an Associate Professor at the ColoradoSPH. She has spent the last 20 years working in the area of mental health. Her research focuses on developing and testing prevention and treatment strategies for perinatal mental health. Recently her work has also focused on improving access to care for perinatal mood disorders. She is also the director of the DrPH program in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health.
Jennifer Jewell, MSPH
Jennifer Jewell is a DrPH candidate in the Community and Behavioral Health program. Her Master's focus was in Epidemiology, and her research focused on postpartum depression. She has worked on several grants researching treatment options for youth and adults with depression. She currently works with Dr. Leiferman on various perinatal mental health projects.
Sunita is a full-time first year graduate student pursuing my MPH, concentrating on Population Mental Health and Wellbeing. She work as a part-time student assistant for Dr. Leiferman and full-time as a patient services specialist for an urgent care clinic. She is particularly interested in inter-generational trauma as well as mental health within populations of people of color. Long term, she hopes to work as a mental health program director.
Jessi is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Denver and is currently an MPH candidate in the PMHW program. She has worked with the prenatal and perinatal populations for the last 8 years in lactation and new parent support and education. Her work in this field has led her to seek an advanced education centered around maternal mental health. She currently works as a student research assistant with Dr. Leiferman and the PMHW team.
Angela Lee-Winn, PhD
Ashley Brooks-Russell, PhD
Dr. Lee-Winn is a Assistant Professor in Epidemiology at the ColoradoSPH. She holds a PhD in Public Mental Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her main research interests include addressing trauma and resilience for youth violence and substance use prevention, perinatal mental health, and using mindfulness strategies to foster self-regulation. She is dedicated to reducing health disparities and understanding how early interventions could foster individuals' development and improve their wellbeing.
Dr. Brooks-Russell is an Assistant Professor at the Colorado SPH. Her PhD is from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, after which she completed a postdoc at NIH. Her interests include mental health and substance use, with a focus on preventing injury outcomes. Dr. Brooks-Russell currently directs Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) on behalf of the state. Her team examines behaviors of Colorado youth including experiencing bullying, having peer and parental social support, and indicators of suicide risk.
Senior Research Instructor
Charlotte Farewell, PhD
Robin Kimbrough-Melton, JD
Dr. Farewell is a Senior Research Instructor at the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH). She has worked with the CSPH since 2012 implementing varied interventions focused on promoting the wellbeing of children and providers in early childhood education centers. Her PhD is in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado where her dissertation involved exploring associations between perinatal stress and childhood BMI in New Zealand. Dr. Farewell’s research incorporates the use of mixed-methods to examine associations between formal and informal caregiver mental health and impacts on child development in the first five years of life. Her primary objective is to mitigate the intergenerational transmission of poor mental health by identifying risk and resilience pathways early in the life course.
Professor Kimbrough-Melton’s scholarship has focused on creating more humane policies, practices and structures for strengthening support for children and families at the population level. She has been the principal investigator on more than $13 million in federal, state, local and foundation grants to prevent crime and violence in the family and at the community level, to enhance assistance to children with incarcerated parents, and to improve the capacity of communities to support children and families. She currently is the executive officer of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association), a professional association dedicated to informing policy, practice, and research on mental health and substance abuse. She also is chair-elect of the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association. In addition to serving as a research professor of community and behavioral health in the Colorado School of Public Health, she is an adjunct professor of youth, family, and community studies at Clemson University. She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska and a B.S. degree from Southern Methodist University.
Tatiane Santos, PhD
Dr. Santos holds a PhD in Health Services Research. She is interested in studying the impact of health care reform, specifically related to the organization, delivery, and financing of health services to improve access and population health; and the impact of cross-sectorial collaboration on community health and efficient allocation of resources. She was the co-investigator of a research project funded through the CO State Innovation Model (SIM) under the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. One of the goals of the CO SIM was to integrate behavioral health within the primary care setting, and to pilot the integration of primary care within community mental health centers (i.e., health home model). Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, she led the economic analysis of the financial sustainability of a health home model. The result was a set of recommendations for different reimbursement methodologies, as well as recommendations for systematic data collection to formalize the health home’s approach to patient risk stratification. These recommendations will be used in negotiations with payers to ensure the sustainability of its operations beyond the CO State Innovation Model grant period.