Welcome, New Faculty
The Department of Psychiatry is delighted to welcome our new faculty members to a community that is committed to excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching.
Dr. Skalski's work has broadly focused on drug addiction, neurocognitive functioning and risk behaviors among persons with HIV/AIDS, and coping with chronic health conditions. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Skalski will be involved in research, direct clinical care, and program development, and she will be collaborating with Drs. Gonzalez, Kushner, and Specker.
Dr. Nielson is a jointly appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Institute for Health Informatics.
Dr. Nielson’s research involves working with animal and human data repositories for archived and ongoing trials aimed at precision diagnosis and treatment of several neurological disorders, including spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and schizophrenia.
Dr. Haynos' primary research focus is on elucidating the biological and behavioral decision-making mechanisms that promote the development and maintenance of eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa. Her research is funded through the NIMH and Klarman Family Foundation for Eating Disorders Research.
Dr. Wichser will practice on the adult psychiatry inpatient unit at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and will serve in the role of Associate Program Director for the Psychiatry Residency. She will provide additional education leadership as site director for the UMN clerkship students completing their psychiatry rotation at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She will direct the first year resident neuroscience didactics.
Dr. Homans completed the Child and Adolescent Fellowship in the UMN Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Homan's role will include two days a week practicing at the Community University Health Care Center. He will also serve in the role of Associate Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Additional teaching roles include precepting the child and adolescent consult clinic at the Masonic Children's Hospital and providing clinical supervision of fellows in the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Clinic.
Dr. Vallera will serve as the first psychiatrist member of the behavioral health team providing integrated mental health services at the MHeath Clinics and Surgery Center. He will also be providing psychiatric care at the University of Minnesota Physicians Psychiatry clinic. Dr. Vallera is an electronic medical record guru and will help to improve patient care through optimization of our system.
Dr. Nahas will join us in October 2017 as the Vice-Chair for Clinical Programs. Dr. Nahas is an internationally known researcher in neuromodulation and is also known to be an exceptional clinician and a dedicated mentor.
Dr. Vrieze joined us on September 1st as a Child and Adolescent Psychologist from the University of Colorado, Denver.. She has a strong interest in teaching and will provide supervision to psychology interns, as well as to the Child & Adolescent Fellows.
Dr. Schallmo joins us from the University of Washington, will be working in Dr. Scott Sponheim's Psychosis Human Connectome Project (HCP) Grant and also as a Sensory Neuroscientist, collaborating with other members of the department who are interested in using EEG methods in their research.
Dr. Bajzera, recent graduate from Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine, will be serving as inpatient attending on M Health inpatient psychiatry unit and outpatient neuromodulation (ECT, TMS).
Dr. Ahmed will be providing integrated consultative services through the M Health Integrated Care Clinic, forensic psychiatry services through Dakota County ACT teams, and serving as a psychiatrist for the NAVIGATE teams, serving the needs of patients experiencing a first-episode of psychosis.
Dr. Conelea is a researcher from Brown University with a research program in “Integrative Examination of Neurobehavioral Mechanisms in Tic Suppression”, including use of neuroimaging and TMS.
Dr. Anker is a former T32 postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Anker has begun an NIAAA-supported research program examining the impact of anxiety disorders on stress systems during recovery from alcohol use disorder.
Dr. Albott is a former resident and T32 postdoctoral fellow who will lead our TMS clinic and will focus on her research in the use of ketamine for treatment-resistant depression and PTSD.