Practice Locations

CeDAR - Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation
1693 N. Quentin St Aurora, CO 80045


Jarrod Ellingson, PhD



Practice Locations

CeDAR - Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation
1693 N. Quentin St, Aurora, CO 80045


CU Medicine Psychiatry - Outpatient Clinic
Anschutz Health Sciences Building
1890 N Revere Ct Anschutz Health Sciences Bldg, Suite 4020, Aurora, CO 80045


Provider Expertise

Clinical Interest for Patients

My clinical work focuses on substance use disorders, as well as mindfulness-based interventions for substance use and a wide range of other conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety).

Care Philosophy

My work with patients revolves around a philosophy that people do not develop substance use disorders or other psychiatric conditions in a vacuum. It is helpful to acknowledge this, identify what parts of a person's life are related to their substance use or other challenges, and how skills can be applied within these contexts.


  • Psychology

Conditions & Treatments

  • Substance Abuse

    Alcoholism, Drug Abuse

Education & Training

Undergraduate Schools

BA, University of Northern Iowa (IA) (2006)

Graduate Schools

MA, San Diego State University (2008)

PhD, University of Missouri - Columbia (2016)


Yale-New Haven Medical Center Program (2016)

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association, Member

Behavior Genetics Association, Member

Research Society on Alcoholism, Member

Research & Grants


Investigating how bottom-up and top-down processes relate to alcohol use disorder (2014)

Common mechanisms of the microbiota-gut-brain axis in alcohol use disorder and depression: A genetically informed investigation (2018)

Research Interests for Patients

My research program consists of two broad aims addressing the causes and effects of substance use: 1) understanding the shared mechanisms of heavy substance use and co-occurring conditions; and 2) disentangling familial confounds from the causes and effects of substance use disorders.

information for referring providers

Referral Contact Phone


Clinical Interests for Referring Providers

My primary clinical focus is on substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors, as well as co-occurring psychiatric conditions. I have found empirically-supported, mindfulness-based interventions to be particularly effective in this work.

Research Interest for Referring Providers

Broadly, my research is focused on isolating the causes and effects of substance use from other important risk factors. Specifically, substance use has many genetic and environmental confounds that are typically overlooked. I use family-study designs to rigorously control for these confounds to better inform and develop treatments for substance use disorders.