Simply put, this website offers information about child mental health — particularly as it relates to substance use, abuse and addiction.

We’re big believers in evidence-based medicine that has practical, real-world applications — meaning science that has been subjected to the rigorous review of reputable scholars and can be used at home and throughout a community.

That doesn’t mean we have all the answers — but it does mean the information you find here is trustworthy enough to guide your search for them responsibly.


Dr. Christisan ThurstoneDr. Christian Thurstone is one of fewer than three dozen physicians in the United States who are board certified in general, child and adolescent and addictions psychiatry. He is medical director of one of Colorado’s largest youth substance-abuse-treatment clinics and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver, where he conducts research on youth substance use and addiction and serves as director of medical training for the university’s addiction psychiatry fellowship program. Dr. Thurstone has completed medical training at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and UCD. In 2010, he completed five years of mentored research training through the National Institute on Drug Abuse/American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry K12 Research Program in Substance Abuse.

Dr. Thurstone also currently serves as a team physician serving the National Football League and is a past president of the Colorado Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society.

In June 2012, the United States Congress awarded him another title: U.S. Army Major. He is honored to treat American service members who need mental healthcare as an Army Reserves officer in the Combat Stress Unit of the 807th Medical Command.

Dr. Thurstone is a fluent Spanish speaker and enjoys working with many of his young patients and their families in his second language.

Teens in Colorado and throughout metro Chicago call him Dr. T, the name under which he writes a weekly advice column for The Tribune Co.-owned student newspaper, The Mash.

Dr. T definitely likes to talk tennis. He plays his favorite sport competitively and was ranked among the top 10 players in the United States Tennis Association’s Men’s 40s Division. When he’s not in the office, you stand a good chance of finding him on a tennis court — or at home, where he loves spending time with his wife, Christine Tatum, and their two children.


Christine TatumChristine Tatum is a veteran journalist whose market research and communications consulting firm, Media Salad, Inc., helps companies and nonprofit organizations win business and stay ahead of their competitors. Her professional stops include the Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, the (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald and the (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record. Her work also has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Currently, she serves as a contributing writer to the editorial board of the The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette. She was elected to serve as 2006-07 national president of the Society of Professional Journalists, one of the United States’ largest and oldest journalism advocacy organizations, and has been honored to teach concepts in responsible journalism around the world at the invitation of the U.S. State Department.

Ms. Tatum’s work has been honored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Colorado chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National American Arab Journalists Association.

Ms. Tatum frequently collaborates with her husband to produce communications designed to educate and inform the public about substance abuse and addiction. She is a regular contributor to this website.



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