William Dikel

Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry


MD, MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN (1980)

Flexible Internship, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN (1980-1981)

Residency, General Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1981-1983)

Fellowship, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1983-1985)

Fellowship, Archibald Bush Medical Fellowship - Best Practices in School Mental Health (2004-2007)

BA, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, CA (1972)

Certificate in Medical Administration, Saint Thomas University, Minneapolis, MN (1996)

Summary

My qualifications as a school mental health consultant are as follows: I am a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, and my major focus for the last 30 years, in addition to clinical psychiatry, has been the topic of school mental health. I have consulted to numerous school districts in Minnesota and other states and to state departments of education. I have written mental health plans for school districts including the St. Paul, Minnesota district, and I conducted a program evaluation of the Hawaii Department of Education’s School Based Behavioral Health program. I have been an expert witness in due process and civil hearings for both school districts and for parents’ attorneys. I am a member of the American School Board Association’s Council of School Attorney’s IDEA Reauthorization task force. I have given over one hundred state and national presentations to organizations including school boards, special education directors, school superintendents, foster parents, guardians ad litem, school principals, school health professionals, county social workers, juvenile corrections officials, mental health professionals, teachers, advocates, occupational therapists and attorneys. I have been an Adjunct Professor in the University of Missouri’s Center for the Advancement of Mental Health Practices in the Schools. I facilitate the Psychiatry in the Schools Community of Practice Group of the IDEA Partnership, and have been a member of the American School Health Association’s task force on school mental health policy. I am the co-leader of the University of Minnesota’s School Mental Health training program, sponsored by the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and providing a curriculum for child psychiatry fellows, teachers, school psychologists, social workers, counselors, principals and special education directors. I have written or co-written several articles on school mental health and school mental health law, and am the author of the book, “The Teacher’s Guide to Student Mental Health”.

I am also a child, adolescent and adult forensic psychiatrist. I provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, expert trial testimony in criminal trials, civil litigation and educational due process hearings, providing expert testimony for prosecuting and defense attorneys, and as a friend of the court. I provide diagnostic services and expert witness testimony regarding issues of diminished capacity, competency, insanity defense, and clarification of the role that mental illness has contributed to a defendant’s behavior. I provide consultation to defense and prosecuting attorneys and to judges about psychiatric issues as they relate to criminal behavior, and consultation to Corrections, Social Service, Education and Mental Health professionals about their clients’ antisocial behaviors. I provide consultation and expert witness testimony regarding insurance claims, effects of workplace trauma, employee psychiatric risk assessment, competency, malpractice issues, disability and other insurance claims, effects of workplace violence and psychic trauma, institutional negligence, neurological damage, employee psychiatric risk assessment, child custody, employee assistance programs, alcohol and substance abuse, workplace harassment and standards of care.

Awards & Recognition

I am the recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s 2015 Sidney Berman Award for outstanding achievement in school mental health.

Research

Research Summary/Interests

My focus is on best practices in school mental health, and I design mental health plans for school districts and State departments of education.

Publications

Dikel, W., “What Issues Do School Districts Face When Considering Students With Autism?” Medical Law Perspectives, April, 2016

Dikel, W., “The Teacher’s Guide to Student Mental Health”, 2014 (book)

Dikel, W., “Mental Health and Healthy Nutrition”, Encyclopedia of School Health, 2013

Dikel, W., “The Relationship Between Physical Health and Mental Health”, Encyclopedia of School Health, 2013

Dikel, W. and Ostrom, J., “The Behavioral/Clinical Spectrum”, Encyclopedia of School Health, 2013

Dikel, W., “School Shootings and Student Mental Health: What Lies Beneath the Tip of the Iceberg”, National School Board Association Website: http://www.nsba.org/SchoolLaw/Issues/Safety/School-Shootings-and-Student-Mental-Health.pdf, December, 2012

Dikel, W., “Providing Mental Health Services in Public Schools”, Leadership Insider: Practical Perspectives on School Law and Policy, May, 2012

Weissbrodt, D., Madeira, W., Stewart, D., Dikel, W., “Applying International Human Rights Standards to the Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Disabilities”, Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Summer, 2012

Waldspurger, M. and Dikel, W., “Mental Health Data in School Files”, Inquiry and Analysis, (Journal of National School Board Association, Council of School Attorney’s) April, 2012

Stewart, D. and Dikel, W., “Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and Special Education: Recommendations for System Redesign of a Failed Category”, Hamline Law Review, Volume 34, Issue 3, Summer 2011

Waldspurger, M. and Dikel, W., “Drugs and Disabilities: Conducting Special Education Evaluations of Students Who Abuse Drugs or Alcohol”, Inquiry and Analysis July, 2010

Ruff, S. and Dikel, W., “Mental Health Related Services In IEPs”, Inquiry and Analysis, November 2009

Ratwik, P. and Dikel, W., “Bridges and Firewalls: Contractual Relationships for Mental Health Services Provided in School Settings”, Inquiry and Analysis, April 2009

Dikel, W., “Mental Health and Public Health”, Metro Doctors, Vol. 4, No. 3 May/June 2002

Dikel, W., "Mental Health and the Schools: What Educators Need to Know", Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning, 1999, http://www.nasponline.org/advocacy/MentalHealth.PDF

Dikel, W., Bailey, J., and Sanders, D., "Community Support Services in a Special Education Setting", Behavioral Disorders, 1994, 20(1), 69-75

Dikel, W. and Olness, K., “Self-Hypnosis, Biofeedback, and Voluntary Peripheral Temperature Control in Children”, Pediatrics 1980 66(3): 335-340.

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

My major interests are in designing school mental health plans for school districts and for state departments of education. I also am interested in the civil and criminal aspects of forensic psychiatry.

Teaching Areas

University of Minnesota Masters of Liberal Studies Program:

  • Fall 2012: “Fear”
  • Summer 2012: “Lifestyle and Health”
  • Spring 2012: “Human Potential” (with Karl Lorenz)
  • Spring 2011: “The Creation of Meaning” (with Karl Lorenz)
  • Fall 2009: “Life’s Foundations” (with Karl Lorenz)
  • Spring 2009: “Forgiveness” (with Cal Appleby)
  • Fall 2008: “What is Love?”
  • Spring 2008: “Enlightenment”
  • Fall 2005: “The Meaning of Life” (with Justin O’Brien Ph. D.)
  • Fall 2004: “Human Potential” (with Justin O’Brien Ph. D.)
  • Fall 2003: “Human Nature” (with Justin O’Brien Ph. D.)
  • Spring 2001: “Justice and Society” (with Judge Isabel Gomez)

Hamline University Masters of Liberal Studies Program:

  • Fall 2005: “Good and Evil: Historical, Philosophical and Psychiatric Perspectives” (With L. Sutin, J.D.)
  • Spring 2002: “The Seven Deadly Sins” (With L. Sutin, J.D.)
  • Fall 2002: “Changing Values in Western Civilization” (With L. Sutin, J.D.)
  • Spring 2001: “Anger and Its Consequences” (With L. Sutin, J.D.)
  • Spring 2000: “Good and Evil: Historical, Philosophical and Psychiatric Perspectives” (With L. Sutin, J.D.)
  • Fall 1999: “Justice and Society” (with Judge Isabel Gomez)
  • Fall 1997: “Good and Evil: Historical, Philosophical and Psychiatric Perspectives” (With L. Sutin, J.D.)
  • Fall 1996: “Psychiatry and the Family”

Missouri University Masters in School Mental Health Program:

  • Spring 2005: “Psychiatry in the Classroom”
  • Spring 2006: “Psychiatry in the Classroom”
  • Fall 2007: “Psychiatry in the Classroom”
  • Spring 2008: “Psychiatry in the Classroom”

Clinical

Specialties

  • Pediatric Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • General Psychiatry (1985)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1986)

Clinical Interests

Best practices in school mental health Forensic psychiatry

Clinical Experience Statement

I provided community child psychiatric services at Hennepin County Mental Health Center and Northpoint Clinic. I now provide consultation services to the Corrections, Education, Social Services, Health and Mental Health systems.