Danielle Vrieze

Associate Professor


I am a licensed child and adolescent psychologist and associate 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

Administrative Assistant

(for academic support only)
Natasha Hampton-Anderson

Research Summary

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.

Teaching Summary

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.

Clinical Summary

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.


PhD, University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development
Major: Child Psychology
MA, University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development
Major: Child Psychology
MA, Stanford University
Major: Psychology
BA, Stanford University
Major: Psychology

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship,
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship,
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Licensures and Certifications

Licensed Psychologist, Minnesota Board of Psychology
National Certification for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Honors and Recognition

Clinical Excellence Recognition Program, University of Minnesota Physicians
Equity and Diversity Outstanding Unit Award, University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity
Honorable Mention - Mental Health Research Doctoral Fellowship, American Psychological Association (APA)
Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship Award, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council
Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Predoctoral Fellowship Award, University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships

Association of Black Psychologists - Minnesota Chapter
American Psychological Association
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Lingras, K. (Lead Author), Alexander, E., Vrieze, D., 2021. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts at a Departmental Level: Building a Committee as a Vehicle for Advancing Progress. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 30 (2): 356-379.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10880-021-09809-w PubMed ID: 34529234.
Herbers, J. E., Cutuli, J. J., Lafavor, T. L., Vrieze, D., Leibel, C., Obradović, J., & Masten, A. S., 2011. Direct and indirect effects of parenting on the academic functioning of young homeless children. Early Education and Development, 22 (1): 77-104.
Holmes, D. (Lead Author), Alpers, G. W., Ismailji, T., Classen, C., Wales, T., Cheasty, V., Miller, A., Koopman, C., 2007. Cognitive and emotional processing in narratives of women abused by intimate partners. Violence Against Women, 13 (11): 1192-1205.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1077801207307801 PubMed ID: 17951592.
Koopman, C. (Lead Author), Ismailji, T., Palesh, O., Gore-Felton, C., Narayanan, A., Saltzman, K. M., Holmes, D., McGarvey, E. L., 2007. Relationships of depression to child and adult abuse and bodily pain among women who have experienced intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22 (4): 438-455.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0886260506297028 PubMed ID: 17369446.
Koopman, C. (Lead Author), Ismailji, T., Holmes, D., Classen, C. C., Palesh, O., Wales, T., 2005. The effects of expressive writing on pain, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in survivors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Health Psychology, 10 (2): 211-212.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105305049769 PubMed ID: 15723891.
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Vrieze, D., Jones, B. "Embracing Cultural Complexity: Mental Health Treatment through a Cultural Intelligence and Trauma Lens", Kente Circle Spring Training Conference, Kente Circle Training Institute, May 19, 2022.
Vrieze, D. "Kaleidoscope: Holding Space for Cultural Complexity in the Mental Health Treatment of Children & Adolescents", Fall Webinar Training Series, Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH), October 26, 2021.
Vrieze, D., Lingras, K. "Building and Sustaining a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee within an Academic Health Center Department", Dean’s Lecture Series, University of Minnesota Medical School, May 12, 2021.
Vrieze, D. "Trauma Intervention for Children & Adolescents", SafeChild Education Webinar Series, Center for Safe and Healthy Children (Department of Pediatrics), May 18, 2020.



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