16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Kathryn Wells, MD
Instrumental in developing the Colorado Systems Integration Model for Infants, Dr. Kathryn Wells was selected as one of three national recipients of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act demonstration grant designated to address substance-exposed infants. Subsequently, she was chosen from among a large group of nominees from across the United States to receive the 2007 National Collaborative Leadership Award. Dr. Wells has been unwavering in her determination to improve the child welfare system, her willingness to devote nights and weekends to working on the Colorado Systems Integration Model for Infants project, and her commitment to reaching out and teaching the model to a broad range of concerned professionals and citizens in the Rocky Mountain Region. Further, she is involved actively in spearheading a national effort to compile data to track methamphetamine-affected children for potential long-term effects.
For five years, Dr. Wells practiced general pediatrics at the Family Medical Clinic in Caldwell, Idaho. Developing a strong interest and passion in the area of child abuse and neglect, she founded the Idaho Society for the Protection of At-Risk Children, a nonprofit organization with the mission of reducing the number of infants born exposed to drugs or alcohol and promoting the education, prevention, and treatment of families affected by substance abuse to resolve safety and permanency issues. In her current position as Medical Director of the Denver Family Crisis Center, Dr. Wells serves as the child abuse and neglect consultant for the Denver Health and Hospital Authority, the Denver Department of Human Services, the Denver Police Department, and the Denver District Attorney‘s Office. Additionally, she is an attending physician with the Kempe Child Protection Team at the Children‘s Hospital in Denver. An Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, she teaches extensively in the area of drug endangered children, maternal substance abuse, and child maltreatment.
Working closely with Lt. Moriarty and the North Metro Task Force to address the difficult issue of child protection as it relates to clandestine methamphetamine laboratories, Dr. Wells helped to form the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, where she currently serves as an advisor to the Executive Committee. She also contributes as a member of the Medical and Research Subcommittee of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.