Melissa Buchholz, PsyD, is a ZERO TO THREE Fellow. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Harris Program for Child Development and Infant Mental Health.
Dr. Buchholz teaches courses and provides reflective supervision to postdoctoral fellows who are specializing in infant and early childhood mental health. She is dedicated to building a workforce that will be equipped to meet the mental health needs of young children and families and increase the availability of early childhood mental health services.
Dr. Buchholz is passionate about disseminating health promotion and prevention activities for young children and has spent her career focusing on integrating early childhood behavioral health services into medical settings, specifically pediatric primary care. Dr. Buchholz is particularly interested in improving access to behavioral health care and building comprehensive systems of care for young children and their families. Dr. Buchholz is the director of HealthySteps for the state of Colorado and has worked to scale this model across the state since 2012. In addition, she provides consultation and technical assistance to assist pediatric practices with expanding behavioral health services to include a focus on young children and their families. Dr. Buchholz actively advocates for young children and their families at both state and local levels.