Danielle Vrieze, PhD, LP

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Danielle Vrieze

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-9973

Fax 612-273-9774

Office Address:
Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB)
Room 2-501.b
2025 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
Room 1-339 MIDB
2025 East River Parkway
Minneapolis MN 55414

Administrative Assistant Name
Natasha Hampton-Anderson

Administrative Email

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


I am a licensed child and adolescent psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. I attended Stanford University for undergrad and received my PhD at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development.

In my current faculty position, I balance direct clinical care of children and families, and teaching/supervision of advanced graduate psychology students. I specialize in evidence-based treatment of children and adolescence with acute and complex trauma.

I am committed to providing culturally-affirming care to diverse patients and families including racially/ethnically diverse individuals, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other historically marginalized groups.


  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • CBT
  • Prolonged Exposure (PE)
  • Parent guidance


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.