I am a licensed child and adolescent psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. I attended Stanford University for undergrad and received my PhD at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development. In my current faculty position, I balance direct clinical care of children and families, and teaching/supervision of advanced graduate psychology students. I specialize in evidence-based treatment of children and adolescents with acute and complex trauma. I am committed to providing culturally-affirming care to diverse patients and families including racially/ethnically diverse individuals, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other historically marginalized groups.
- Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
- Evidence-based treatment of children and adolescents with acute and complex trauma
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Prolonged exposure (PE)
- Parent guidance
(for academic support only)
Dr. Vrieze is broadly interested in developmental psychopathology, namely the myriad biological and environmental factors that contribute to the onset and trajectory of mental health problems in young children. Her research has focused on attachment and the reflective capacity of depressed mothers to attune to the emotional needs of their young children. She is interested in the development of community-based interventions for younger children identified as at-risk for developing emotional-behavioral problems.
Dr. Vrieze provides training and supervision for Psychiatry residents, Child Psychiatry Fellows, psychology interns and graduate students on the topics of: developmental psychopathology, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma, and early childhood mental health. She supervises the clinical work of graduate students from counseling, school, and clinical psychology doctoral programs.
Dr. Vrieze is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Minnesota. She earned her PhD in Child Psychology through the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Sciences doctoral program at the University of Minnesota - Institute of Child Development. She completed both her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral clinical fellowship training at Children's Hospital in the Twin Cities.
She focuses on trauma (acute, complex), chronic stress, and adjustment to significant stressors and adversities. Dr. Vrieze works with children, adolescents, young adults, and families utilizing evidence-based approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), prolonged exposure therapy (PE), parent guidance, exposure-response prevention, and supportive psychotherapy.