Michael Bloomquist



I am a professor and a clinical psychologist with extensive experience as a service provider, supervisor, and researcher in mental health. My education included receiving a BA in child psychology here at the University of Minnesota and a PhD in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. I also completed a clinical psychology internship at Duke University Medical Center.  

My current clinical practice is providing outpatient diagnostic assessments and psychotherapy for adults with ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress. I use a strengths-based, whole-person mental health and wellbeing-focused approach to psychotherapy that incorporates best practices from cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, positive psychology, mindfulness, habit formation psychology, and motivational interviewing. 

My work also emphasizes developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative mental health programs utilizing an implementation science approach. For many years this work focused on school, community, and clinical programming for youth, but in recent years my focus has been on clinical programming for adults. To this end, I am concurrently a clinical scientist for Portages Health where I guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of measurement-based and evidence-based behavioral health models that are supported by digital technologies and applied in real-world practice settings. 

I have published peer-reviewed journal articles with many as either first or last author, and written several books about youth mental health, effective intervention methods, and evidence-based practice.


  • Prevention and early intervention in children and adolescents experiencing behavior and mood disorders
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Digital mental health intervention

Administrative Assistant

(for academic support only)
Natasha Hampton-Anderson

Research Summary

Dr. Bloomquist has accumulated many years of research experience in collaboration with a team of prevention and intervention scientists. This included (1) evaluating the short- and long-term effects of school/community/clinic-based interventions for children with behavior and emotional disorders, (2) examining predictive variables and facilitative strategies related to parents engaging in prevention programming, (3) delineating and studying methods for enhancing and measuring program implementation in real world settings, (4) examining mediators and moderators of response to prevention programming, and (5) delineating child and parenting characteristics related to behavior disorders in children. His current research is examining youth and family stress associated with adolescent depression and translating and evaluating evidence-based mental health programming for use in real world health settings.

Clinical Summary

Dr. Bloomquist provides program consultation for intensive outpatient programming services for adolescent depression. He specializes in parent and family skills training (a.k.a. behavioral family therapy) for youth with behavior-emotional problems. As an author/co-author of several books, Dr. Bloomquist has written about effective intervention methods and evidence-based practice.


MS, Illinois Institute of Technology
Major: Clinical Psychology
PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology
Major: Clinical Psychology
BA, University of Minnesota
Major: Child Psychology

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Clinical Child Psychology, Internship,
Duke University Medical Center

Licensures and Certifications

Licensed Psychologist

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Zhang, J., Buchanan, G.J.R., Piehler, T.F., Gunlicks-Stoessel, M., Bloomquist, M.L., 2022. The relationship between parent-adolescent conflict dynamics and adolescent depression. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 31 2535-2544.
Piehler, T. F., Zhang, J., Bloomquist, M. L., August, G. J., 2022. Parent and child risk profiles as predictors of response to a conduct problem preventive intervention. Prevention Science, 7 (23): 1308-1320.
Buchanan, Gretchen J. R., Zhang, J., Gunlicks-Stoessel, M., Piehler, T. F., Lee, S.-K., Bloomquist, M., 2021. Parent-adolescent emotion-related behavior during conflict in a clinical sample. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 27 (3): 524-537.
Piehler, T. F., Distefano, R., Ausherbauer, K., Bloomquist, M. L., Almy, B., August, G. J., 2019. Self-regulatory profiles and conduct problems in youth referred to juvenile diversion. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 30 (2): 372-388.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12530 PubMed ID: 31539179.
Porta, C.G., Bloomquist, M.L., Garcia-Huidobro, D., Gutiérrez, R., Vega, L., Balch, R., Yu, X., Cooper, D.K., 2018. Expanding an evidence-based model for prevention of conduct problems to Mexican migrant youth: Cross-validation of cultural adaptations made in Mexico with Latino parents and providers in the US. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 24 (2): 231-241.
Bloomquist, M. L., Giovanelli, A., Benton, A., Piehler, T. F., Quevedo, K., Oberstar, J., 2016. Implementation and evaluation of evidence-based psychotherapeutic practices for youth in a mental health organization.. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25 (11): 3278-3292.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-016-0479-5 PubMed ID: 30078979.
August, G. J., Piehler, T. F., Bloomquist, M. L., 2014. Being "SMART" about adolescent conduct problems prevention: executing a SMART pilot study in a juvenile diversion agency.. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 45 (4): 495-509.
Piehler, T. F., Lee, S. S., Bloomquist, M. L., August, G. J., 2014. Moderating effects of parental well-being on parenting efficacy outcomes by intervention delivery model of the early risers conduct problems prevention program. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 35 (5): 321-337.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-014-0358-z PubMed ID: 25037843.
Hektner, J. M., August, G. J., Bloomquist, M. L., Lee, S., Klimes-Dougan, B., 2014. A 10- year randomized controlled trial of the Early Risers conduct problems preventive intervention: effects on externalizing and internalizing in late high school. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82 (2): 355-360.
Piehler, T. F., Bloomquist, M. L., August, G. J., Gewirtz, A. H., Lee, S. S., Lee, W. S., 2013. Executive functioning as a mediator of conduct problems prevention in children of homeless families residing in temporary supportive housing: a parallel process latent growth modeling approach. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42 (5): 681-692.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-013-9816-y PubMed ID: 24141709.
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Sulik, L.R., Bloomquist, M. L., Bergmann, P. "Striving for effective and sustainable patient change through dynamically enhanced integrated care: Precision targeted care and the Praestan Health clinic model", 18th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 03, 2017.
Witter, M., Clayton, T., Perez-Bonaventura, I., Bloomquist, M. L. "Delivering personalized evidenced-based psychotherapy within pediatric primary care settings", Paper presented at the Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health Conference, Duluth, Minnesota, April 16, 2017.
Bloomquist, M. L. "It’s a family affair: Helping teens with depression.", Presentation at National Alliance of Mental Illness-Minnesota Research Dinner, St. Paul, Minnesota, February 23, 2017.
Bloomquist, M. L. "Defiant, aggressive, and misbehaving kids: Strategies for ODD, ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders and Challenging Behaviors", PESI Continuing Education Seminars in Boston, MA, St. Louis, MO, and Los Angeles, CA, Training Workshop, May 30, 2015.
Bloomquist, M. L. "Integrating cognitive-behavioral therapy and behavioral family therapy in the treatment of adolescent depression. ", Psychiatry Update Conference, Seminar presented at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2015.
Bloomquist, M. L., Piehler, T.F., Giovanelli, A., Genchanok, A., Oberstar, J. "Translation of evidence-based psychotherapeutic practices for youth into a mental health organization", Poster presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, San Diego, California, October 25, 2014.
Bloomquist, M. L. "Evidence-based psychotherapeutic practices for children with disruptive behavior disorders", Psychiatry Update Conference, Keynote address at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 29, 2014.
Bloomquist, M. L. "Effective family-focused skills building interventions for youth with behavioral-emotional problems.", Workshop at Children and Young People’s Mental Health Conference, University of Northampton, Northampton, England, July 04, 2014.
Bloomquist, M. L., Oberstar, J., Setterberg, S. "From evidence to practice: Translation of research-validated psychotherapeutic practices for youth into a mental health organization", Paper presented at the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Conference, University of Northampton, Northampton, England, July 03, 2014.
Bloomquist, M. L. "Moving from science to service and back again: Developing evidence-based programs and practices in children’s mental health", Presented at the Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health Conference, Keynote “MHED Talk”, Duluth, Minnesota, April 23, 2014.



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