Dr. Christian Thurstone is one of few physicians in the United States who are board certified in general, child and adolescent and addictions psychiatry. He is the medical director of STEP and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Thurstone is also the director of the University of Colorado's addiction psychiatry fellowship program, at the University of Colorado. Dr. Thurstone has completed medical training at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Colorado. 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 avid tennis player.