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Scientific Director:

Robert Freedman, M.D.

The inspiration for the Institute came from Robert Freedman, M.D., a recognized educator and research scientist in psychiatric medicine for over thirty years. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he has been a member of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver (Health Sciences Center) since 1978, he has served as chair of the Department since 2000. As Research Director of the Institute, he guides and participates in the scientific exploration and discoveries made possible through Institute funding.

Executive Director:

Stephen Edmonds

Hired in August 2007 and bringing more than 20 years of higher education and non-profit administration, fundraising, and communication experience to the Institute, Stephen Edmonds is responsible for daily operations and management. A graduate of the University of Denver, Mr. Edmonds has throughout his professional career maintained an active role in the community as a volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations.

Board of Trustees:

Terry Biddinger, RN, BSN
Donald Cook
Robert Freedman, MD*
Gerald Gaines
Nancy Gary, PsyD
Jerome Kern*
Mary Rossick Kern*
Blair Richardson
Jeanne Saunders
Richard Saunders*
Fred Vierra
Roxanne Vierra

* Founding Officers


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