Helen Valenstein-Mah, PhD, LP

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Helen Valenstein-Mah

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-273-9410

Fax 612-273-9774

Office Address:
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
F282/2A West-B
8393A (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
F282/2A West-B
8393A (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Teneshia Collins

Administrative Email

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Psychologist

MD, MD, University of Washington

Postdoctoral Fellow in Primary Care, Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical and Health Services Research, Minneapolis Veterans Administration Health Care System

PhD, University of Washington, 2017

BA, Northwestern University, 2008

Minneapolis VA Health Care System, 2019

Internship, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, 2017


Dr. Helen Valenstein-Mah is a clinical psychologist who specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and trauma-focused treatments for adolescents and adults. Dr. Valenstein-Mah co-leads the DBT Program in the Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, through which she provides training and supervision for psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and psychology practicum students.

Dr. Valenstein-Mah’s research interests include treatment development for individuals with PTSD and co-occurring disorders (e.g., substance use disorders, borderline personality disorder). She is also broadly interested in dissemination and implementation science, particularly improving the delivery of evidence-based mental health treatment in large healthcare systems and community settings. As part of this effort, Dr. Valenstein-Mah is interested in evidence-based training and supervision methods for mental health providers.

Professional Associations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 
  • Minnesota Psychological Association



Valenstein-Mah, H., Kehle-Forbes, S., Nelson, D., Danan, E. R., Vogt, D., & Spoont, M. (2019). Gender differences in rates and predictors of individual psychotherapy initiation and completion among Veterans Health Administration users recently diagnosed with PTSD. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Valenstein-Mah, H., Simpson, T. L., Bowen, S., Enkema, M. C., Bird, E. R., Cho, H. I. & Larimer, M. E. (2019). Feasibility pilot of a brief mindfulness intervention for college students with posttraumatic stress symptoms and problem drinking. Mindfulness, 10, 1255-1268.

Valenstein-Mah, H., Hagedorn, H., Kay, C. L., Christopher, M. L., & Gordon, A. J. (2018). Underutilization of the current clinical capacity to provide buprenorphine treatment for Opioid Use Disorders within the Veterans Health Administration. Substance Abuse, 39, 286-288.

Niles, A., Valenstein-Mah, H., Bedard-Gilligan, M., & Kaysen, D. (2017). Effects of Trauma and PTSD on Self-Reported Physical Functioning in Sexual Minority Women. Health Psychology, 36, 947-954.

Wilks, C. R., Valenstein-Mah, H., Tran, H., King, A. M. M., Lungu, A., & Linehan, M. M. (2017). Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills for families of individuals with behavioral disorders: Initial feasibility and outcomes. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 24, 288-295.

Harned, M. S., Gallop, R. J., & Valenstein-Mah, H. (2016). What changes when? The course of improvement during a stage-based treatment for suicidal and self-injuring women with borderline personality disorder and PTSD. Psychotherapy Research, 28, 761-775.

Valenstein-Mah, H., Larimer, M., Zoellner, L., & Kaysen, D. (2015). Blackout drinking predicts sexual revictimization in a college sample of binge-drinking women. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28, 484-488.


Academic Interests and Focus

Dr. Valenstein-Mah provides didactic training and clinical supervision for clinical psychology interns and practicum students and psychiatry residents in the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Teaching Areas

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behaviorism


Clinical Interests

Trauma and stress-related disorders; pervasive emotion dysregulation; mood and anxiety disorders; substance use disorders; relationship distress

Clinical Experience Statement

Dr. Valenstein-Mah is a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota and provides psychological assessment and psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and couples through the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, with specialties in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and trauma-focused treatments (Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy). Dr. Valenstein-Mah uses Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy for couples.