Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Minnesota
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University
B.S., Family Social Science, University of Minnesota

Honors & Awards

Community Outreach and Engagement Faculty Award; University of Minnesota; College of Education and Human Development; 2015

Robert H. Beck Faculty Teaching Award; University of Minnesota; College of Education and Human Development; 2010

Rising Star Award; University of Minnesota; College of Human Ecology; 2005

Best Behavioral Medicine Presentation regarding Innovative Strategies of Providing Care to Over-serviced/Under-served Patients; University of Minnesota Medical School; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; 2004

Recognition of Excellence in Clinical Work and Patient Relations; Wake Forest University School of Medicine; Department of Psychiatry; 2003

Recognition of Excellence in Teaching; Ramsey Family Physicians Clinic; Department of Family & Community Medicine; 2002

Teaching & Learning

FSoS 1101: Intimate Relationships

FSoS 8013: Qualitative Family Research Methods

FSoS 8047: Integrative Research Seminar

FSoS 8295: Couple/Marriage & Family Therapy Practicum

Supervisor, Undergraduate Clinical Internship: Family Social Science

Supervisor, Doctoral MFT/MedFT Clinical Placement: Family Social Science

Co-Coordinator of Behavioral Medicine Education, St. John’s Family Practice Residency

Research & Discovery

As a principal investigator (PI), Tai has secured funding for three major projects to-date:

1) The Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS)

2) East Metro American Indian Diabetes Initiative

3) Community-based Participatory Research to Decrease Smoking Prevalence in a High Risk Young Adult Population: A Collaboration between Job Corps and Family Medicine

4) Hmong Women United Against Depression (HWUAD) and Sisters Helping Sisters (SHS)


  1. Mendenhall, T., Plowman, E., & Trump, L. (Eds.) (2014). Intimate Relationships: Where have we been? Where are we going? Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

  2. Hodgson, J., Lamson, A., Mendenhall, T., & Crane, R. (Eds.) (2014). Medical Family Therapy: Advanced Applications. New York: Springer.

  3. Mendenhall, T., Gagner, N., & Hunt, Q. (in press). A call to engage youth in health research. Families, Systems, & Health.

  4. Mendenhall, T., & Ballard, J. (2014). Including the family in research evaluating integrated care: A call for expanding investigators' scope beyond single-person measures. Families, Systems, & Health, 32, 291–302. 

  5. Doherty, W., Hodgson, J., Lamson, A., Mendenhall, T., & Todd, T. (2014). A response to “Joint Principles for Integrating Behavioral Health Care into the Patient Centered Medical Home” from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Families, Systems, & Health, 32, 137-138.

  6. Mendenhall, T., Harper, P., Henn, L., Rudser, K., & Schoeller, B. (2014). Community-based participatory research to decrease smoking prevalence in a high-risk young adult population: An evaluation of the Students Against Nicotine and Tobacco Addiction (SANTA) project. Families, Systems, & Health, 32, 78-88. 

  7. Hodgson, J., Mendenhall, T., & Lamson, A. (2013). Patient and provider partnerships: Consent, confidentiality, and medical errors in integrated primary care settings. Families, Systems, & Health, 31, 28-40

  8. Mendenhall, T., Pratt, K., Phelps, K., & Baird, M. (2012). Advancing Medical Family Therapy through research: A consideration of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs. Contemporary Family Therapy, 34, 187-203. 

  9. Hodgson, J., Lamson, A., Mendenhall, T., & Crane, R. (2012). Medical family therapy: Opportunity for workplace development in healthcare. Contemporary Family Therapy, 34, 143-146. 

  10. Auxier, A., Runyan, C., Mullin, D., Mendenhall, T., Young, J., & Kessler, R. (2012). Behavioral health referrals and treatment initiation rates in integrated primary care: A Collaborative Care Research Network (CCRN) study. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2, 337-344. 

  11. Mendenhall, T., Seal, K., GreenCrow, B., LittleWalker, K., & BrownOwl, S. (2012). The Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS): Improving health in an urban-dwelling American Indian community. Qualitative Health Research, 22, 1524-1534. 

  12. Jordan, C., Doherty, W., Jones-Webb, R., Cook, N., Dunbrow, G., & Mendenhall, T. (2012). Competency-based faculty development in community-engaged scholarship: A diffusion of innovation approach. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 16, 65-95. 

  13. Velasquez, J., Velasquez, S., Narr, D., Mendenhall, T., & Solheim, C. (2011). Mano-a-Mano: Partnering with impoverished Bolivian communities to improve health and increase economic well-being. Families, Systems & Heath, 29, 303-313. 

  14. Mendenhall, T., Harper, P., Stephenson, H., & Haas, S. (2011). The SANTA Project (Students Against Nicotine and Tobacco Addiction): Using community-based participatory research to improve health in a high-risk young adult population. Action Research, 9, 199-213.

  15. Mendenhall, T., Berge, J., Harper, P., GreenCrow, B., LittleWalker, N., WhiteEagle, S., & BrownOwl, S. (2010). The Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS): Community-based participatory research with a Midwestern American Indian community. Nursing Inquiry, 17, 359-372. 

  16. Doherty, W., Mendenhall, T., & Berge, J. (2010). The Families & Democracy and Citizen Health Care Project. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 36, 389-402. 

  17. Mendenhall, T., & Berge, J. (2010). Family therapists in trauma-response teams: Bringing systems thinking into interdisciplinary fieldwork. Journal of Family Therapy, 32, 40-54. 

  18. Mendenhall, T. (2009). Clinical update: Diabetes. Family Therapy Magazine, 8, 52-63. 

  19. Berge, J., Mendenhall, T., & Doherty, W. (2009). Using community-based participatory research (CBPR) to target health disparities in families. Family Relations, 58, 475-488. 

  20. Miller, B., Mendenhall, T., & Malik, A. (2009). Integrated primary care: An inclusive three-world view through process metrics and empirical discrimination. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 16, 21-30. 

  21. Mendenhall, T., Whipple, H., Harper, P., & Haas, S. (2008). Students Against Nicotine and Tobacco Addiction (S.A.N.T.A.): Developing novel interventions in smoking cessation through community-based participatory research. Families, Systems & Health, 26, 225-231. 

  22. Mendenhall, T., & Doherty, W. (2007). Partners in Diabetes: A community-based participatory research project in a family practice context. Action Research, 5, 378-406. 

  23. Fontaine, P., Mendenhall, T., Peterson, K., & Speedie, S. (2007). The Measuring Outcomes of Clinical Connectivity (MOCC) Trial: Investigating data entry errors in the Electronic Primary Care Research Network (ePCRN). Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 20, 151-159.

  24. Berge, J., Mendenhall, T., Wrobel, G., Grotevant, H., & McRoy, R. (2007). Adolescents’ feelings about openness in adoption: Implications for adoption agencies. Child Welfare, 85, 1011-1039. 

  25. Doherty, W., & Mendenhall, T. (2006). Citizen Health Care: A model for engaging patients, families, and communities as co-producers of health. Families, Systems & Health, 24, 251-263. 

  26. Mendenhall, T. (2006). Trauma-response teams: Inherent challenges and practical strategies in interdisciplinary fieldwork. Families, Systems & Health, 24, 357-362. 

  27. Dunbar, N., van Dulmen, M., Ayers-Lopez, S., Berge, J., Christian, C., Gossman, G., Henney, S., Mendenhall, T., Grotevant, H., & McRoy, R. (2006). Processes linked to contact changes in adoptive kinship networks. Family Process, 45, 449-464.

  28. Mendenhall, T. (2005). Reflections from the field: With Green Cross in Sri Lanka. Traumatology, 11, 141-142. 

  29. Peterson, K., Mendenhall, T., Werb, P., & Roemhild, H. (2005). Minnesota Clinicians Motivating Health Improvement (MINIT) study: Motivating healthy habits. Annals of Family Medicine, 3, S56-S58. 

  30. Mendenhall, T., Berge, J., Wrobel, G., Grotevant, H., & McRoy, R. (2004). Adolescents’ satisfaction with openness in adoption. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 21, 275-290. 

  31. Mendenhall, T., & Doherty, W. (2003). Partners in Diabetes: A collaborative, democratic initiative in primary care. Families, Systems & Health, 21, 329-335. 

  32. Wrobel, G., Grotevant, H., Berge, J., Mendenhall, T., & McRoy, R. (2003). Contact in adoption: The experience of American adoptive families. Adoption & Fostering, 27, 57-67.

  33. Mendenhall, T., Grotevant, H., & McRoy, R. (1996). Adoptive couples: Communication and changes made in openness levels. Family Relations, 45, 223-229.

  34. See CV for more publications.