Danielle Vrieze, PhD, LP

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Danielle Vrieze

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Gregg Helmberger

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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


Dr. Vrieze works with children, adolescents, and families. She specializes in working with preschool and elementary school-aged populations, at-risk populations, and diverse patient populations. Clinical interests include: anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, academic difficulties, parent-child conflict, and parent guidance/consultation.

Dr. Vrieze Co-Directs the Early Childhood Mental Health Program


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 clinical psychology graduate students and psychiatry residents and fellows at the University of Minnesota Medical School.


Clinical Interests

Early childhood mental health; anxiety disorders; disruptive behavior disorders; trauma; assessment; cognitive behavioral therapy

Clinical Experience Statement

Dr. Vrieze has worked in a variety of clinical settings including children's hospitals, university departments, and community mental health centers. She is committed to providing evidence-based treatments and best practices, emphasizing client and family strengths, and providing collaborative support when appropriate (e.g., working with teachers, medical and other service providers).