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

FSoS 1101: Intimate Relationships

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 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., Doherty, W., Berge, J., Fauth, J., & Tremblay, G. (2013). Community-based participatory research: Advancing collaborative care through novel partnerships. In L. Ronan & M. Tehan (Eds.), The Landscape of Collaborative Care: Evaluating the Evidence, Identifying the Essentials. Philadelphia, PA: Springer Science + Business Media.

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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:

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. Mendenhall, T., Doherty, W., Baird, M., Berge, J. (2008). Citizen Health Care: Engaging patients, families and communities as co-producers of health. Minnesota Physician.

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

  21. Mendenhall, T. (2007). Crisis land: A view from inside a behavioral health team. Psychotherapy Networker, May/June, 32-39.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

  25. Mendenhall, T. (2006). Trauma-response in the Southeast Asian tsunami-aftermath. Traumatology, 11, 141-142.

  26. Mendenhall, T., Peterson, K. (2006). Minnesota clinicians motivating health improvement (MINIT) study: Motivating healthy habits. Practice Research News, Spring, 4.

  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. 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.

  29. 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.

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

  31. 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.

  32. See CV for more publications.