Dr. Robert Harmon, M.D.
Dr. Harmon was a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (UCSOM) where he also received his post-graduate training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. After spending three years at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Harmon returned to Colorado, joining the faculty of the School of Medicine in 1978 as an Assistant Professor. Up until his recent death in February 2006, he was a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of the Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health, which is supported by a private foundation. He was also the Medical Director of the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at the Anschutz Centers for Advanced Medicine, University of Colorado Hospital at Fitzsimmons. Additionaly, he served as Psychiatric Director of the Women’s and Children’s Residential Services at The Haven, a Therapeutic Community for Women where he implemented a community-based Doula Program. He was a Board member of Zero to Three/National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). He served as Chair of the AACAP Program Committee for the 2005-2008 Annual Meetings. Dr. Harmon served as Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and on medical boards of local and national associations concerned with infant psychology, parenting, child birth, and pregnancy loss. In April 2003 Dr. Harmon was the Kempe Children’s Foundation Professional Honoree for contributions to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. In October 2003 he received the Simon Wile Leadership in Consultation Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in recognition of his outstanding leadership and continuous contributions in the field of liaison child and adolescent psychiatry. He was a lecturer and author of more than 150 publications on infant psychiatry, infant and family development, and the effects of the death of an infant on the family. Dr. Harmon was certified in General, Child and Adolescent, and Addiction Psychiatry. He will be greatly missed, and we are committed to carrying on his work with women and thier infants who are learning to live in recovery from addiction.