Family Social Science
1985 Buford Avenue
St Paul, MN 55108
Areas of Interest
Families and Chronic Illness
Trauma and Fieldwork
Citizen Health Care
Community-based Participatory Research
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
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
Instructor; FSoS 1101: Intimate Relations
Supervisor; Undergraduate Clinical Internship; Family Social Science
Supervisor; Doctoral MFT/MedFT Clinical Placement; Family Social Science
Coordinator of Behavioral Medicine Education; St. John’s Family Practice Residency
Research & Discovery
As a principal investigator (PI), Tai has secured funding for three projects to-date:
1) The Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS);
2) Community-based Participatory Research to Decrease Smoking Prevalence in a High Risk Young Adult Population: A Collaboration between Job Corps and Family Medicine;
3) The Hmong Women United Against Depression (HWUAD) and Sisters Helping Sisters (SHS) Pr
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.
Hodgson, J., Lamson, A., Mendenhall, T., & Crane, R. (2012). Medical family therapy: Opportunity for workplace development in healthcare. Contemporary Family Therapy, 34, 143-146.
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 study. Translational Behavioral Medicine. Available online at: http://www.springerlink.com/content/p8482767r5l2023p/fulltext.pdf.
Mendenhall, T., Seal, K., GreenCrow, B., LittleWalker, K., & BrownOwl, S. (in press). The Family Education Diabetes Series (FEDS): Improving health in an urban-dwelling American Indian community. Qualitative Health Research.
Jordan, C., Doherty, W., Jones-Webb, R., Cook, N., Dunbrow, G., & Mendenhall, T. (in press). Competency-based faculty development in community-engaged scholarship: A diffusion of innovation approach. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.
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.
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.
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.
Doherty, W., Mendenhall, T., & Berge, J. (2010). The Families & Democracy and Citizen Health Care Project. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 36, 389-402.
Mendenhall, T., & Berge, J. (2010). Family therapists in trauma-response teams: Bringing systems thinking into interdisciplinary fieldwork. Journal of Family Therapy, 32, 40-54.
Mendenhall, T. (2009). Clinical update: Diabetes. Family Therapy Magazine, 8, 52-63.
Berge, J., Mendenhall, T., & Doherty, W. (2009). Using community-based participatory research (CBPR) to target health disparities in families. Family Relations, 58, 475-488.
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.
Doherty, W., Mendenhall, T., Berge, J. (in-press). The Families & Democracy and Citizen Health Care Project. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
Mendenhall, T., Doherty, W., Baird, M., Berge, J. (in-press). Citizen Health Care: Engaging patients, families and communities as co-producers of health. Minnesota Physician.
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.
Mendenhall, T., Doherty, W. (2007). Partners in Diabetes: A community-based participatory research project in a family practice context. Action Research, 5, 378-406.
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.
Mendenhall, T. (2007). Crisis land: A view from inside a behavioral health team. Psychotherapy Networker, May/June, 32-39.
Berge, J., Mendenhall, T. J., Wrobel, G. M., Grotevant, H. D., McRoy, R. G. (2007). Adolescents’ feelings about openness in adoption: Implications for adoption agencies. Child Welfare, 85, 1011-1039.
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.
Mendenhall, T. (2006). Trauma-response teams: Inherent challenges and practical strategies in interdisciplinary fieldwork. Families, Systems & Health, 24, 357-362.
Mendenhall, T. (2006). Trauma-response in the Southeast Asian tsunami-aftermath. Traumatology, 11, 141-142.
Mendenhall, T., Peterson, K. (2006). Minnesota clinicians motivating health improvement (MINIT) study: Motivating healthy habits. Practice Research News, Spring, 4.
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.
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.
Mendenhall, T. J., Berge, J., Wrobel, G. M., Grotevant, H. D., McRoy, R. G. (2004). Adolescents’ satisfaction with openness in adoption. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 21, 275-290.
Mendenhall, T., Doherty, W. (2003). Partners in Diabetes: A collaborative, democratic initiative in primary care. Families, Systems & Health, 21, 329-335.
Wrobel, G. M., Grotevant, H. D., Berge, J., Mendenhall, T., McRoy, R. (2003). Contact in adoption: The experience of American adoptive families. Adoption & Fostering, 27, 57-67.
Mendenhall, T. J., Grotevant, H. D., McRoy, R. G. (1996). Adoptive couples: Communication and changes made in openness levels. Family Relations, 45, 223-229.