Primary Care Behavioral Health Fellowship Faculty
2020 East 28th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Dana Brandenburg, PsyD, is faculty in the University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency. She completed a fellowship in primary care and behavioral science education through Michigan State University. Her scholarly interests include the integration of mental health services into primary care, behavioral science education within family medicine residencies, and behavior change related to obesity and tobacco cessation. She also serves as a health care professional representative on the Health Care Home Advisory Committee at the Minnesota Department of Health.
Smoking cessation, health behavior change, primary care psychology
Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements
Licensures and Certifications
Christine Danner, PhD, has worked in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota since 1998, when she began as the department's first full-time post-doctoral fellow in behavioral health. She has served as the director of behavioral health for the Woodwinds Family Medicine Residency Program (formerly known as the St. Joseph's Hospital program) since completing her fellowship in 2000. Dr. Danner's current clinical activities include providing integrated behavioral health services in the primary care setting and teaching family medicine residents about patient centered communication skills and motivational interviewing. Her current passions include pediatric behavioral health integration, obesity prevention and chronic pain management. She has come full circle since her initial training in the Department of Family Medicine and now supervises post-doctoral fellows in Primary Care Behavioral Health.
Refugee physical and mental health, chronic pain management, medical cannabis, patient centered communication training, integrated behavioral health
Integrated Behavioral Health, Chronic Pain Management, Medical Cannabis, Pediatric Obesity Prevention, Refugee Mental Health
Elizabeth Martinez, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and director of behavioral health at the North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. She completed her postdoctoral training in primary care behavioral health at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Martinez has a special interest in community-grounded research, mental health promotion, and intervention with racial/ethnic minorities and immigrant/refugee families. She enjoys providing integrated behavioral health services in the primary care setting and teaching behavioral science to family medicine residents.
Stress and resilience in Latinx immigrant families; racial/ethnic health disparities; primary care behavioral health prevention and intervention.
Dr. Martinez provides behavioral science and education to family medicine residents and training in patient-centered communication. Teaching areas: Integrated behavioral health; patient-centered care; motivational interviewing; health behavior change.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the Latinx population, Dr. Martinez partnered with local organizations and news outlets such as CLUES, Univision MN, and TPT to provide outreach, COVID-19, and mental health information to the Spanish-speaking community. Additional informational videos and releases have been ongoing as needed.
Depression; anxiety; trauma; health behavior change
Dr. Zak-Hunter is a licensed marriage and family therapist and serves as the Director of Behavioral Health at St. John's Family Medicine Residency. She joined the faculty in 2016 after working in a similar role at Via Christi Family Medicine Residency since 2012. She completed her doctoral internship with St. John's as well. Her interests include integrated behavioral healthcare, medical family therapy, provider wellbeing, and family-centered healthcare.
Provider and resident personal and relational wellbeing, family-centered care, primary care approaches to adverse experience and trauma, adult eating disorders.
Integrated behavioral healthcare, medical family therapy, family-centered healthcare, impact of disease on personal and family functioning.