Danielle Vrieze, PhD, LP

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Danielle Vrieze

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Natasha Hampton-Anderson

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Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

PhD, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota (Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science Program)

MA, Psychology, Stanford University

MA, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota

BA, Psychology, Stanford University

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Pre-Doctoral Internship, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota


Danielle Vrieze is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences - Child and Adolescent Division where she co-directs the Early Childhood Program. She specializes in supporting children, adolescents, and families who have experienced trauma and adversity. Using evidence-based practices, with an emphasis on child and family strengths and resilience, Dr. Vrieze is committed to providing culturally-affirming care to diverse patients and families including racially/ethnically diverse individuals, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other historically marginalized groups.  


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Vrieze is broadly interested in developmental psychopathology, namely the myriad biological and environmental factors that contribute to the onset and trajectory of mental health problems in young children. Her research has focused on attachment and the reflective capacity of depressed mothers to attune to the emotional needs of their young children. She is interested in the development of community-based interventions for younger children identified as at-risk for developing emotional-behavioral problems.


Academic Interests and Focus

Dr. Vrieze provides training and supervision for Psychiatry residents, Child Psychiatry Fellows, psychology interns and graduate students on the topics of: developmental psychopathology, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma, and early childhood mental health. She supervises the clinical work of graduate students from counseling, school, and clinical psychology doctoral programs.


Clinical Interests

Trauma (acute, complex), chronic stress, adjustment to significant stressors and adversities. Dr Vrieze works with children, adolescents, young adults, and families utilizing evidence-based approaches including: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), prolonged exposure therapy (PE), parent guidance, exposure-response prevention, and supportive psychotherapy.

Clinical Experience Statement

Dr. Vrieze is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Minnesota. She earned her PhD at the University of Minnesota - Institute of Child Development Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Sciences doctoral program. She completed both her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral clinical fellowship training at Children's Hospital in the Twin Cities.