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Faculty Women's Health Mental Health

This Is Breakthrough: Dr. Neill Epperson

Psychiatry leader dives into studying the brain and discusses the importance of women’s mental health

Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date March 16, 2021
What You Need To Know

Learn more about how Neill Epperson, MD, tackles the stigma of mental health conditions, particularly in women, from pregnancy to postpartum and across the lifespan.

“One of the reasons studying the brain is so fascinating is we do have more to learn, and it is complex,” says Neill Epperson, MD, Robert Freedman endowed professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, “But let’s face it: this is the organ that is at the seat of who we are. Don’t we hope that it’s complex?” 

Epperson tackles the stigma of mental health conditions, particularly in women, from pregnancy to postpartum and across the lifespan. She also leads the Department of Psychiatry, which champions novel programs such as a collaboration between psychiatry and neurosurgery to provide an innovative surgery to treat people suffering from extreme cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

In the video below – produced as part of the “This Is Breakthrough” advertising campaign promoting the remarkable talent and innovations taking place on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus – watch as Epperson’s passion for brain health propels her work and improves women’s lives. 

In this Q&A with Epperson, learn more about her work and insights into the brain and the state of mental health in the Rocky Mountain region.