Deanna Bass

Medical Director for Outpatient Clinic, Assistant Professor


I received my BA in Biology from Sonoma State University, CA. I graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed an internship in internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center. I did my psychiatry residency here at the University of Minnesota.

I have practiced and taught general adult psychiatry in our outpatient clinic for over 25 years. I was selected Psychiatrist of the Year by the Minnesota Psychiatric Society in 2017 and have been included in the Top Doctors in Psychiatry from Minnesota Monthly Magazine. Teaching awards include Affiliated Faculty Teacher of the Year, University of Minnesota, Department of Family Medicine in 2014, and Teacher of the Year, 20 times from 2003 to 2023, within the University of Minnesota Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department.


  • General adult and cross-cultural psychiatry

Administrative Assistant

(for academic support only)
Shelly Slominski

Clinical Summary

Dr. Bass's clinical interest is general adult outpatient psychiatric care of mentally ill adults in an outpatient setting and psychiatric consultation in a primary care setting.


MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
BA, Cum Laude, Sonoma State University
Major: Biology

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Pathology, Externship,
University of Minnesota

Licensures and Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

Honors and Recognition

Teacher of the Year, University of Minnesota, Department of Psychiatry
Psychiatrist of the Year, Minnesota Psychiatric Society
Affiliated Faculty Teacher of the Year, University of Minnesota, Department of Family Medicine
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Bass, D., Brandenburg, D., Danner, C., 2015. The Pocket Psychiatrist: Tools to enhance psychiatry education in family medicine. The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 50 (1): 6-16.
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Bass, D. L. "Psychiatry SmartPhrase System for EPIC Users", Integrated Behavioral Health Prescriber Group, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, July 10, 2018.
Bass, D. L. "One-hour talk on creating smartphrases in EPIC for integrated care presented to Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Prescriber Group.", Psychiatry SmartPhrase System for EPIC Users, Rochester, Minnesota, July 10, 2018.
Osei-Bonsu, P., Bass, D. L., Friedman, M., Felker, B., Post, E., Spoont, M. "Provider Use of an Electronic PTSD Pharmacotherapy Decision Support Tool to Change Clinical Practice.", International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, Illinois, November 09, 2017.
Katzelnick D, Klapperich A, Bass D, Zeris S, Oberstar J. "Minnesota Models of Integrated Care – Keys to Success.", ” 60-minute panel conducted at the 2017 MPS Spring Scientific Program: Psychiatric Services & Integrated Care: The Multiplier Effect, June 16, 2017.
Osei-Bonsu P, Bass D, Friedman M, Nugent S, Hagel-Campbell E, Spoont M. "Supporting Adherence to Clinical Practice Guidelines Through Provider Training and a Decision Support Tool.", 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dallas, Texas, November 19, 2016.
Spoont M, Bass D, Osei-Bonsu P, O’Dougherty M, Vang D, Hagedorn H, Friedman M, Felker B, Post E. "Engaging Primary Care Providers in VA Community Clinics to Provide Evidence Based Pharmacotherapy for PTSD.", In: Bernardy N (chair), “Innovative Approaches to September 17, 2019 5 Improving PTSD Treatment: Using Technology to Aid Public Health.” Symposium conducted at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Dallas, Texas, November 16, 2016.
Bass D, Frank A, Banik D. "The EMR as Friend Not Foe: A Model for Using the EMR as a Virtual Supervisor", 60-minute workshop. American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) 45th Annual Meeting: Passionate and Wise: Inspiring Dedication, Retaining Humanity, March 03, 2016.
Spoont MR, Bass DL, Friedman MJ, Felker BL. "Developing a PTSD Pharmacotherapy Provider Support Tool for CPRS.", VA HSR&D /QUERI National Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 10, 2015.
Bass, D. "Rapid Psychiatric Interview and EMR Tools: Making Psychiatry Work in a Primary Care Setting", 90-minute lecture and discussion. Integrated Behavioral Health Conference 2015: Building Partnerships & Teams for Better Care, March 13, 2015.
Bass D, Chambers J, Crowley DS, Sengupta S, Hung E, Hasser C, Osterman J. "Teaching the Integration of Psychiatry with Primary Care: What You Need to Know.", 60-minute panel and small group discussion. American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) 44th Annual Meeting: Innovate, Integrate, Inspire: Educating the 21st Century Psychiatrist, March 05, 2015.



Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, F282/2A West Building, 2450 Riverside Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454