Lisa Zak-Hunter, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Lisa Zak-Hunter

Contact Info

Office Phone 651-772-3461

Office Address:
Phalen Village Family Medicine Clinic
1414 Maryland Ave E
St. Paul, MN 55106

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Behavioral Science Family Systems Educators Fellowship, 2013-2014.

PhD, Child and Family Development, University of Georgia


Dr. Zak-Hunter is a licensed marriage and family therapist and serves as the Director of Behavioral Health at St. John’s Family Medicine Residency. She joined the faculty in 2016 after working in a similar role at Via Christi Family Medicine Residency since 2012. She completed her doctoral internship with St. John’s as well. Her interests include integrated behavioral healthcare, medical family therapy, provider wellbeing, and family-centered healthcare.

Professional Associations

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


Research Summary/Interests

Provider and resident personal and relational wellbeing, family-centered care, primary care approaches to adverse experience and trauma, adult eating disorders.



Hougas, J., Zak-Hunter, L., Kapur, R. (2019). Managing Your Personal Finances. STFM and AFMRD Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resource.

Zak-Hunter, L. (2019) Are medications effective in weight management in anorexia nervosa?, Evidence Based Practice, 22(4),10-11.

Bermudez, J. M, Muruthi, B., Zak Hunter, L., Stinson, M. A., Seponski, D., Taniguchi, N., & Boe, J. (2019). “Thank You for Including Us!”- Introducing a Community-Based Collaborative Approach to Translating Clinic Materials. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 45(2), 309-322. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12317

Zak-Hunter, L. & Johnson, L.N. (2015). Exploring the association between partner behaviors and eating disorder symptomology. Families, Systems, and Health 33(4), 405-409.

Book chapters:

Zak-Hunter, L., Berge, J., Lister, Z., Davey, M., Lynch, L., & Denton, W. (2014). Medical family therapy scientist practitioners. In Hodgson, J., Lamson, A., Mendenahall, T.J., & Crane, D.R., (Eds.) Medical Family Therapy: Advanced Applications (pp. 219-240). NY. Springer Publishing.


Zak-Hunter, L., Neil, T., & Manlove, E. (2018, March). Compassion fatigue and spirituality in Family medicine residents and faculty. Poster presented at the annual Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Innovation and Research Forum, Minneapolis, MN.

Zak-Hunter, L. & Trudeau, S. (2017, April). Family centered care to improve health equity. Workshop presented to the University of Minnesota Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Zak-Hunter, L., Sudano, L., & Mendenhall, T., (2017, October). Models and fidelity in integrated care: Getting Started! (Part A). Presentation at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Atlanta, GA.

Neil, T.J. & Zak-Hunter, L. (2016, May). First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes residency-helping residents learn balance during residency. Lecture presented to the annual meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Minneapolis, MN.


Board Certifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Clinical Interests

Integrated behavioral healthcare, medical family therapy, family-centered healthcare, impact of disease on personal and family functioning.