Adrienne VanZomeren, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry

Adrienne VanZomeren

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-4557

Office Address:
1100 Washington Avenue S Suite 102
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry

PhD, Clinical Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, 2017

MA, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota, 2014

BA, Psychology and Biology, Albion College, 2007

My clinical and research interests broadly fall under the umbrella of developmental psychopathology, with specific emphasis on identifying biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying the development, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders. I have focused much of my work on the contribution of significant childhood stress (i.e., maltreatment) to the development of psychopathology, considering genetic and physiological variability as risk factors for internalizing symptoms in maltreated children. 


I am currently a postdoctoral fellow working in the Personalized Treatment for Adolescent Depression (PTAD) lab with Drs. Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel and Kristina Reigstad in the Department of Psychiatry. As part of the PTAD lab, I am assisting efforts to develop and evaluate adaptive interventions (i.e., interventions whose components/sequencing methods are augmented based on individual patient characteristics) for depressed teens, with the goal of operationalizing clinical decision making and increasing treatment efficacy via personalized care.

I received my B.A. in psychology and biology from Albion College - an awesomely small, liberal arts college in Michigan - in 2007. I spent 4 years working (with people, human specimens, and fruit flies!) in various biomedical research laboratories and clinical settings at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan prior to beginning graduate school at the University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development, in 2011. I completed my predoctoral clinical internship at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School and earned my PhD. in child development and clinical psychology in August 2017. 


Developmental psychopathology, maltreatment

Awards & Recognition

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - 2013
  • Luttgen Scholarship - 2012
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School Fellowship - 2011
  • Summa Cum Laude with Albion College Honors - 2007
  • Albion College Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (FURSCA) Fellowship - 2006
  • Albion College Prentiss M. Brown Honors Institute - 2003
  • Albion College Board of Trustees Scholarship - 2003



  1. Doom, J.R., VanZomeren-Dohm, A., & Simpson, J. (2016). Early unpredictability predicts increased adolescent externalizing behaviors and substance use: A life history perspective. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 1505-1516.
  2. Doom, J. R., Hostinar, C. E., VanZomeren-Dohm, A., & Gunnar, M. R. (2015). The roles of puberty and age in explaining the diminished effectiveness of parental buffering of HPA reactivity and recovery in adolescence. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 59, 102-11.
  3. VanZomeren-Dohm, A., Pitula, C., Koss, K., Thomas, K., & Gunnar, M. (2015). FKBP5 moderation of depressive symptoms in peer victimized, post-institutionalized children. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 51,426-430.
  4. Miller, L. E., VanZomeren-Dohm, A., Howell, K. H., Hunter, E. C. & Graham-Bermann, S. A. (2014). In-home social networks and positive adjustment in children witnessing intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Issues, 35, 462-480.
  5. VanZomeren-Dohm, A., Xu, X., Thibodeau, E., & Cicchetti, D. (2014). Child maltreatment and vulnerability to externalizing spectrum disorders. In T. P. Beauchaine & S. P. Hinshaw (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Externalizing Spectrum Disorders. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  6. VanZomeren-Dohm, A. & Ng, R. (2013). How trauma 'gets under the skin': Biological and cognitive processes of child maltreatment. Children's mental health eReview. University of Minnesota Extension: Children, Youth, and Family Consortium.
  7. Patel D., Rozek, L.S., Colacino, J.A., VanZomeren-Dohm, A., Ruffin, M., Unger, E., … & Paskett, E. (2012). Patterns of cellular and HPV16 methylation as biomarkers for cervical neoplasia. Journal of Virological Methods, 184(1):84- 92. (2012)
  8. VanZomeren-Dohm, A., Sarro, J., Flannery, E., & Duman-Scheel, M. (2011). The Drosophila Netrin receptor frazzled/DCC functions as an invasive tumor suppressor. BMC Developmental Biology, 11(41), 1-12. *Received “highly accessed” designation
  9. Colacino J.A., Soliman A.S., Calafat A.M., Nahar M.S., VanZomeren-Dohm, A., Hablas A., … & Dolinoy D.C. (2011). Exposure to phthalates among premenstrual girls from rural and urban Gharbiah, Egypt: A pilot exposure assessment study. Environmental Health, 10(40), 1-8.
  10. Flannery, E., VanZomeren-Dohm, A., Beach, P., Simanton Holland, W., & Duman-Scheel, M. (2010). Induction of cellular growth by the axon guidance regulators Netrin a and Semaphorin-1a. Developmental Neurobiology, 70(7), 473-484.
  11. Simanton, W., Clark, S., Clemons, A., Jackowski, C., Farrell-VanZomeren, A., Beach, P., Browne, W.E., & Duman-Scheel, M. (2009). Conservation of arthropod midline Netrin expression revealed with a cross-reactive antibody provides evidence for midline cell homology. Journal of Evolution and Development, 11(3): 260-8
  12. VanZomeren-Dohm, A., Flannery, E., and Duman-Scheel, M. (2008). Whole-mount in situ hybridization detection of mRNA in GFP-marked Drosophila imaginal disc mosaic clones. Fly, 2, 323-325.


Teaching Areas

I have co-taught two undergraduate courses in child development at the University of Minnesota, and have also served as a guest lecturer and teaching assistant. 


  • Adolescent Development - Co-instructor; University of Minnesota, Fall 2015
  • Introductory Child Psychology - Co-instructor; University of Minnesota, Spring 2014