Emma Clark
Emma Clark

Emma Clark, PhD


Health Management Associates

Denver, CO

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Dr. Emma Clark brings experience in applied research, program planning, implementation, and evaluation across various domains, including mental and physical health, cardiometabolic health, adolescent health, maternal and child health, community-based participatory research, family processes, and cognitive aging.  

Before joining HMA, Dr. Clark was a research coordinator and graduate research assistant in the Adolescent Wellness Lab at Colorado State University. In this capacity, she coordinated a randomized controlled pilot study, testing the feasibility and acceptability of a brief behavioral health program aimed at preventing excess gestational weight gain among adolescent patients in the Colorado Adolescent Maternity Program (CAMP) at Children’s Hospital Colorado. 

Dr. Clark’s diverse research experience encompasses hospitals, universities, and communities. She has been instrumental in coordinating studies aimed at providing evidence-based depression interventions to pregnant adolescents. Her contributions extend to research initiatives centered on preventing adolescent type 2 diabetes by addressing depression symptoms through cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and physical activity while also exploring the correlation between depression and insulin sensitivity. Moreover, she has experience in developing evaluation and implementation strategies for a program targeting the health improvement of adolescents and their families in rural Colorado. Her expertise also encompasses the evaluation of sleep interventions to enhance adolescent health and prevent type 2 diabetes. Through her multifaceted work, she remains dedicated to making a positive impact on the well-being of young individuals and their communities. 

Dr. Clark also previously served as a graduate research assistant in the Emotional Attachment and Emotional Availability Lab at Colorado State University. In this role, she played a crucial role in prescreening, evaluating, coaching, and testing parents’ emotional availability during parent-child interactions. She also served as an undergraduate research assistant in the Healthy Cognitive Aging Lab where she investigated cognition and daily activity in middle-aged and older adults.  

Dr. Clark received a doctorate degree in applied developmental science, a master’s degree in prevention science, and a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Colorado State University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and doing puzzles.