Sheila Specker, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Sheila Specker

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-273-9806

Administrative Assistant Name
Lois Laitinen

Administrative Email

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


MD, University of Minnesota

Residency, Family Practice, University of Wisconsin

Residency, Psychiatry, University of Minnesota

Fellowship, Substance Abuse, University of Minnesota


Dr. Specker is an Associate Professor and addiction psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry. She is Program Director for the Addiction Medicine Fellowship which trains physicians of all specialties in addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Her research interests include screening and brief intervention for adolescents at risk for substance use disorder and also is co-investigator on the use of neuroimaging approaches to identify circuit abnormalities in addiction. Pharmacotherapies for the treatment of cocaine use disorder has also been a focus of research.


Research Summary/Interests

  • Substance abuse and related compulsive behaviors with co-morbid conditions, especially in women
  • Medication development for substances of abuse
  • Health Care Professionals with substance user psychiatric disorders



  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Addictive disorders

Board Certifications

Dr. Specker is board certified in both family practice and psychiatry and is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine as a physician specialist in substance abuse and by the American Board of Psychiatry in addiction psychiatry.