Thyra Fossum, PhD, LP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Thyra Fossum

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

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Thyra Fossum

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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Centre County, PA


Dr. Fossum is a Licensed Psychologist who provides clinical psychology and clinical health psychology services in the Primary Care Clinic as well as on a consultation basis on medical inpatient units of the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She conducts psychological assessments and individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. Her treatment approach is insight-oriented (psychodynamic) psychotherapy with elements of cognitive behavioral therapy and other approaches.

Professional Associations

  • Member, Minnesota Psychological Association
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Fellow, International Association of Affective Disorders
  • Registrant, National Register of Health Service Psychologists


Research Summary/Interests

  • Personality
  • Emotion
  • Treatment adherence
  • Therapeutic alliance
  • Teaching
  • Training in psychology
  • Supervision
  • Health psychology


  • Aronson, K. R., Wagstaff, D. A., Farace, E., Muscat, J., Belani, C., Almokadem, S., & Fossum, T. (2015). A week in the life of lung cancer survivors: Daily reports of stress, worry, mood, and symptoms. Journal of health psychology, 1359105315574921.
  • Fossum, T. A. , Logeais, M., Robiner, W. N. (in press) The mental health professions. In Norcross, VandenBos, Freedheim, & Campbell (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Fossum, T. A. , & Feldman Barrett, L.. (2000). Distinguishing evaluation from description in the personality-emotion relationship. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26(6), 669-678.
  • Feldman Barrett, L., & Fossum, T. A. (2001). Mental representations of affect knowledge. Cognition & emotion, 15(3), 333-363.
  • Robiner, W. N., Flaherty, N., Fossum, T. A., & Nevins, T. E. (2015). Desirability and feasibility of wireless electronic monitoring of medications in clinical trials. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 1-9." Feldman Barrett, L. & Fossum T.A. (2001). Mental representations of affect knowledge. Cognition and Emotion, 15(3), 333-363.
  • Fossum, T.A. (2013, June) Anxiety & Advance Heart Failure. Paper presented at the Second Chance for Life Patient Education Conference.
  • Fossum, T. A. (2002). Keeping it short and simple: A simple rating scale for personality. Thesis (Ph.D.) Pennsylvania State University, 2002.
  • Fossum, T.A., & Feldman Barrett, L. (2000). Separating description and evaluation in the personality - emotion relationship. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26(6), 669-678.
  • Langland, J. & Fossum, T. (2013, November) Lifestyle Counseling. Paper presented at the Internal Medicine Review and Update, University of Minnesota.



Primary Care Center

Clinical Interests

Psychotherapy; Therapeutic alliance; Personality; Mood and anxiety disorders; Weight management; Interpersonal relationships