Promoting improved services for troubled youth

since 1982

Training Topics

Dr. Cook is a BICA-certified trainer for the following topics:

Transforming Behavior: Training Parents and Kids Together (A Demonstration Workshop of an Evidence Based, Manualized, Group Intervention of Parent and Psychosocial Skills Training for School Aged Children)

Dr. Cook also provides customized training including, but not limited to, the following subject areas:

  • Parenting Challenging Kids
  • Psychosocial Skills Training for Children
  • Psychopharmacology
  • School-based Behavioral Approaches for Disruptive Children
  • ADHD
  • Adolescent Suicide

About Mary

Mary N. Cook, MD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine, currently serving as the Medical Director of Outpatient Services in the Department of Psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital Colorado.  She is extensively involved in the training of medical students, psychology and social work graduate students, along with psychiatry residents. She recently won a resident nominated award for teaching excellence and has also been recognized by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), as an Outstanding Mentor.

She specializes in working with families presenting with youngsters who’ve been diagnosed with Disruptive Behavior Disorders. She spearheaded the development of a series of multidisciplinary, outpatient specialty clinics, along with intensive outpatient programs at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. She authored a book detailing the evidence-based, standardized, skills building treatment protocols used in both the routine and intensive outpatient programs, along with a peer reviewed journal article, demonstrating positive clinical outcomes. She has authored books, book chapters, review articles and contributed to AACAP Practice Parameters on family interventions. 

She frequently performs presentations in the community for school, primary care and youth outreach programs.  In addition, she routinely presents at regional and national, professional conferences, often on an invited basis. Her passions are developing and applying strengths and family-based approaches, pursuant of a goal to minimize medication, while optimizing parenting and psychosocial skills.

Her mantra is “More Skills = Less Pills!”

Dr. Cook received her bachelor’s degree (psychology) with honors, from the University of Michigan and her doctoral degree (medicine) from Wayne State University.  She completed her general psychiatry residency at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego and her child fellowship training at the University of California, San Diego


Select a title for more information or to purchase in the discount BICA Bookstore.

Counseling Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Problems in the Schools

Transforming Behavior


Detailed Publications Information:

Peer Reviewed:

2012  Cook, M., Crisostomo, P., Simpson, T., Williams, J., Wamboldt, M. (2012).  Effectiveness of an Intensive Outpatient Program for Disruptive Children:  Initial Findings.  Community Mental Health, Dec 2012.

2012  Cook, M. (2012).  Book review (invited) for Dulcan’s textbook of child and adolescent psychiatry.  Journal of the American Psychiatric Association, May 2012.

2009  Cook, M. , Peterson, J., Sheldon, C (2009). Adolescent depression: An update and guide to clinical decision making.  Psychiatry 2009, 6 (9), pp. 17-31.

2000 Cook, M.  (2000). Challenging foster care as the only response system. The National Organization of Forensic Social Work Newsletter, Vol. IV, Issue 3, Summer 2000.

1997  Cook, M.  (1997). The effect of personality profiles on relapse rates of alcoholics.  Navy Medicine, May/June 1997 issue.

Non Peer Reviewed:

2009  Cook, M.  (2009). New intensive outpatient psychiatry program launches.  Practice Update, The Children’s Hospital Colorado, Dec 2009.

2008 Cook, M. , & Williams, J. (2008). Parenting approaches for challenging kids (PACK). The Group Psychologist, 18 (2), pp. 23-24.

2008 Cook, M. (2008), Practice parameter for the assessment of the family: a concise overview, AACAP Newsletter, March 2008. Washington, D.C., American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

2006  Cook, M.  (2006). The launch of psychiatric specialty clinics and intensive outpatient psychiatry program at Denver children’s hospital.  CCAPS Newsletter, Autumn 2006.  Denver, CO:  Colorado Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society.

2005  Cook, M.  (2005). The disruptive or ADHD child: what to do when kids won’t sit still and be quiet. Focus on Exceptional Children. Denver, CO: Love Publishing.

2003  Cook, M.  (2003). Social skills training in the schools. Counseling and Human Development.  Denver, CO:  Love Publishing.

2003  Brasington, S, Cook, M. (2003). A retrospective chart review of weight change associated with atypical antipsychotics in children.  Unpublished manuscript.

2000 Cook, M.  (2000). The child-caregiver relationship:  implications for healthy and pathologic development. Unpublished manuscript.

Books and Monographs:

2012  Cook, M. (2012).  Transforming behavior:  Training parents and kids together. Copyrighted 2012, Baltimore, MD:  Brookes Publishing.

-This book contains treatment protocols, parent and child workbooks and therapist “tool boxes” for parent and psychosocial skills training for use in routine and intensive outpatient psychiatric programs, for youth with severe emotional disturbances

2004  Cook, M.  (2004).Counseling kids with emotional and behavioral problems in the schools.  Denver, CO:  Love Publishing.

-This book presents practical interventions for use by school counselors in managing children with emotional and behavior problems in the school setting

2001  Cook, M.  (2001). The impact of separating children from caregivers:  implications for out of home placement and suggestions for alternatives. San Diego, CA:  Juvenile Court of San Diego County.

-This was a court monograph prepared at the request of Presiding Juvenile Court Judge for the purposes of training judges.

Book Chapters:

2011   Cook, M. , Peterson, J. (2011). Adolescent depression and suicidal ideation chapter. 5th edition of Berman’s pediatric decision making. Philadelphia: Lippincott, William & Wilkins.

2011   Cook, M. , Peterson, J. (2011). Adolescent substance abuse chapter. 5th edition of Berman’s pediatric decision making. Philadelphia: Lippincott, William & Wilkins.

Practice Parameters:

2010 Contributed to research for development of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Practice Parameter on Family Interventions (pending), lead authors Allan Josephson, MD, John Sargent, MD

-Performed and summarized literature review for family treatments for youth with substance use disorders, October 2010.

2010  Contributed to research for development of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Practice Parameter on Family Interventions (pending), lead authors Allan Josephson, MD, John Sargent, MD

-Performed and summarized literature review for family treatments for youth with medical illness, October 2010.

Review of Transforming Behavior book (pdf)

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of the Dane G. Prugh Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching in Child Psychiatry, University of Colorado, Denver, School of Medicine, June 2009
  • Recipient of The President’s Award, for Outstanding Clinical Service, from The University of Colorado Hospital, for role as Medical Director of Intensive Family Therapy Team, a community based service, November 2008
  • Recipient of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outstanding Mentor Award, October 2004
  • Recipient of Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, April 2003
  • Recipient of Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sept 2002
  • Recipient American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Presidential Scholar Award, July 1999
  • Attended AACAP Presidential Scholar Award Tutorial on Child Placement, Yale Child Study Center with Albert Solnit, MD, Sept 1999
  • Recipient Naval Health Professions and Science Scholarship, July 1993
  • Member of University of Michigan Crew Team, Sept 1989-June 1991
  • Participant European Culture Study Program, an 80 day tour of Europe and the Middle East with subsequent completion of 25 essays on European culture and history, Eastern Michigan University, May 1986-July 1986


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