Meet The Team

Sandra Fritsch, MD

Sandra Fritsch, MD

Sandra Fritsch, MD

Sandra Fritsch, MD

Medical Director

I trained in the Triple Board Program in pediatrics, psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Brown University. With this training and “being in the right place at the right time”, I have had the privilege to work with pediatric primary care providers throughout my career; supporting the mental health care of youth in the primary care setting. I was in Massachusetts when MCPAP; the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program was developed and then started the Maine Child Psychiatry Access Program. Being the lead for CoPPCAP is an honor and an exciting opportunity. I have only been in Colorado for three years now and look forward to supporting our pediatric primary care providers throughout the state.

Kristin Larpenter, MS

Clinical Care Coordinator

Kristin joined the University of Colorado in July 2019 as the clinical care coordinator for CoPPCAP (Colorado Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation and Access Program). Previously she was a crisis counselor responsible for navigating the treatment needs of clients through telephonic, mobile, and walk-in crisis services. Additionally, she was a preschool teacher where she helped children develop their intellectual, physical and emotional skills. She has also worked as an intake specialist and conducted utilization review. Kristin graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education degree in Counseling Psychology.

Xiaoshen Jin, PhD

Program Manager

Xiaoshen Jin, PhD, Xiaoshen (Sheow’-Shen), is the Program Manager for CoPPCAP. Her work focuses on the creation and development of CoPPCAP. She is also the Health Care Program Manager at the Department of Psychiatry, in the University of Colorado School Medicine. Prior to joining CoPPCAP/CU, Xiaoshen was the Early Childhood Screening Coordinator at Boulder County Public Health (BCPH). She also served as the leader and facilitator of Boulder County Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Partnership. She led and facilitated multidisciplinary partnerships to advance and improve the early childhood systems, which include promoting and supporting the developmental screening process for young children in Boulder County. Xiaoshen presented collective impact work regarding the developmental screening and referral process at the Zero to Three Annual Conference in 2018. She received her doctorate degree of Psychology from the University of New Mexico. She enjoys the state’s wonderful outdoor activities, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Austin Butterfield, MD

Child Psychiatrist

Eva Kolb, MD

Child Psychiatrist

Dr. Kolb is a double board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and general psychiatrist and is the lead psychiatrist in the Southern Colorado Region of the Pediatric Mental Health Institute, Children’s Hospital. She is also a senior instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, at the University of Colorado. Dr. Kolb leads the psychiatry service at Children’s Hospital in Colorado Springs and provides comprehensive evaluations as well as treatment plans to patients in both the Emergency Department as well as in the medical units. Dr. Kolb has clinical expertise in multiple fields and settings and she is fluent in Spanish.

James Murphy, MD

Child Psychiatrist

I am a child adolescent psychiatrist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, like autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities. I am originally from Colorado Springs and now practicing at Children’s Hospital Colorado | University of Colorado – School of Medicine.

Cassidy McNitt, MD

Child Psychiatrist

I am originally from Oklahoma and attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Oklahoma. I completed my adult psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry training at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. I am passionate about working to increase access to mental health care and feel CoPPCAP is an important part of brining mental health services to everyone who needs it in Colorado.

John Peterson, MD

Child Psychiatrist

John Peterson, M.D., serves as Attending Psychiatrist in the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Colorado. As an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Dr. Peterson was also the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services at Denver Health, retiring after twenty years of clinical service, teaching and research there. He is currently providing emergency psychiatric evaluations of children and adolescents in the ED and he supervises psychiatric crisis assessments. He also provides psychiatric consultation to pediatricians and primary care providers through CoPPCAP, drawing on past experience providing primary care in Colorado communities. Dr. Peterson also provides clinical supervision and teaching for child and adolescent psychiatry fellows. Dr. Peterson completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, residency training in psychiatry at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, where he also completed a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship.

Ryan Asherin, PhD

Child Psychologist

Ryan Asherin, PhD is a child health psychologist that completed dual fellowships in pediatric integrated primary care and early childhood mental health. Dr. Asherin received his PhD from the University of Colorado Denver’s Clinical Health Psychology program. Originally from Nebraska, he completed his internship training at rural integrated primary care clinics along the northwest panhandle of Nebraska. As part of the CoPPCAP team, Dr. Asherin is involved in data management, program evaluation, educational trainings, website development, and consultations. A firm belief in the importance of preventative healthcare, Dr. Asherin appreciates the need for universal mental health screening within primary care and the difficulties of providing coordinated mental health services within the primary care clinic.

Jeanne VanCleave, MD

Program Evaluator/Pediatrician

Jeanne Van Cleave, MD, is a general pediatrician and health services researcher, and she is part of the evaluation team at Coppcap. She attended medical school at Washington University School of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan Health Systems. Her research interests are in models for pediatric primary care that support PCPs in caring for children and youth with mental health conditions and complex medical conditions. She is a pediatrician in the Special Care Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Susan Young, PhD

Program Evaluator

David Keller, MD

Consulting Pediatrician

David M. Keller, MD is Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Strategy and Transformation in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado, where he works as a primary care pediatrician in an integrated pediatric practice in Aurora, as well as a leader in the development of value-based systems of care for children and adolescents. Before moving to Colorado, he was an early adopter within Massachusetts’ Child Psychiatry Access Project and worked to spread the model within Massachusetts. He is a founding Board member of the National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Programs and an active member of the Colorado Chapter of the AAP, where he serves as chair of the Legislative and Policy Committee.