Megan Petrik, PhD, LP, ABPP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Palliative and Primary Care

Megan Petrik

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware ST SE
MMC 741
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Colleen Doyle

Administrative Email

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Palliative and Primary Care

Health Psychologist

Fellowship, Denver VA Medical Center, Rocky Mountain MIRECC, Denver, CO

PhD, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Master's Degree, Clinical Psychology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Bachelor's Degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI


Dr. Petrik is a clinical health psychologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Prior to her faculty appointment, she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Denver VA Medical Center. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology at Marquette University after completing her predoctoral internship at Denver Health Medical Center. Dr. Petrik provides outpatient clinical services in the Primary Care Clinic, GI Clinic, and inpatient consultation on medical units at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Her research focuses on improving the assessment and management of suicide risk in general medical settings.


  • Health psychology
  • GI behavioral medicine
  • Assessment and management of suicide risk in general medical settings

Professional Associations

  • Society for Healthy Psychology (American Psychological Association Division 38)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine


Research Summary/Interests

Assessment and management of suicide risk in general medical settings


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Robiner WN, Petrik ML. Managing difficult patients: Roles of psychologists in the age of interdisciplinary care. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. In press.
  • Brostow, D, Petrik ML, Starosta, AJ, Waldo, S. Depression in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD): A systematic review.European Journal of Vascular Nursing.doi: 10.1177/1474515116687222.
  • Petrik ML, Betz ME, Davidson C, Olson-Madden J, Allen M. Identification, assessment, and treatment of suicide risk in emergency departments: Significant updates in research and practice. Current Emergency and Hospital Medicine Reports. In Press.
  • Petrik ML, Billera M, Kaplan Y, Matarazzo BB, Wortzel H. Balancing patient care and confidentiality: Considerations in obtaining collateral information. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. 2015;21(3):220-224.
  • Petrik ML, Gutierrez P, Berlin J, Saunders S. Barriers and facilitators of suicide risk assessment in emergency departments: A qualitative study of provider perspectives. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2015;37(6):581-586.
  • Bein LA, Petrik ML, Saunders SM, Wojcik JV. Discrepancy between parents and children in reporting of distress and impairment: Association with critical symptoms. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2014;20(3):515-524.
  • Homaifar BY, Gibian MC, Petrik ML. The bidirectional relationship of stress and executive functioning. Cognitive Science. 2014;9(2):117-130.
  • Kopta SM, Petrik ML, Saunders SM, Mond M, Hirsch G, Kadison R, Raymond D. The utility of an outcomes assessment system at university counseling centers. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. 2014;28(2):97-116.
  • Saunders SM, Petrik ML, Miller ML. Psychology doctoral students’ perspectives on addressing spirituality and religion with clients: Associations with personal preferences and training. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 2014;6(1):1-8.

 Chapters in Books

  1. Petrik ML,Saunders SM. (In Press). Evaluation of psychotherapy. In Saddock, B.J., Saddock, V.A., & Ruiz, P. (Eds.)Kaplan & Saddock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, Tenth Edition.



Clinics and Surgery Center

Clinical Interests

Mood and anxiety disorders; IBS, abdominal pain, and coping with inflammatory bowel disease; weight management and bariatric surgery; insomnia; adjustment to medical illness or traumatic injury; management of chronic illness

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Medical Center, East Bank Hospital