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Faculty and Staff

William J. Doherty, Ph.D., LMFT, LP
Professor, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
Project Director, Citizen Professional Center

William J. Doherty, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Family Social Science and Director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota.  He leads the Citizen Health Care and Families and Democracy Project, which aims to develop the theory and practice of democratic public work by health and human services professionals.  He has developed a model of grass roots organizing among parents and other citizens around cultural and community issues of importance to families.  These projects range from the cultural discontents of middle class families (overscheduling, out-of-control birthday parties) to challenges of urban single fathers, from health care problems among American Indians to school/family disconnects in African immigrant communities.  Bill is an academic leader in his field, a researcher and family therapist, and past president of the National Council on Family Relations.  A recent study reported that his published journal articles have the highest impact rating in the family therapy field. Visit his website for more information. 

Tai J. Mendenhall, Ph.D., LMFT, CFT
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School
Associate Project Director, Citizen Professional Center

Tai Mendenhall is a faculty member and behavioral medicine educator at the UMN's Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He co-leads the Citizen Health Care and Families and Democracy Project, which aims to develop the theory and practice of democratic public work by health and human services professionals. Dr. Mendenhall maintains specialized training in collaborative family healthcare, medical family therapy, and critical incident / trauma-response fieldwork. His principal investigative interests include community-based participatory approaches in mental- and physical- health care, patient-centered care, and individual and family-based interventions for chronic health-related (e.g., diabetes, chronic pain), mental health-related (e.g., depression), and unhealthy behavioral (e.g., smoking, sedentary lifestyle) arenas. Dr. Mendenhall is currently a co-investigator on two foundation-funded research projects: one is positioned within the local American Indian community (called the Family Education Diabetes Series, or "FEDS"), and the other within the local Job Corps community (called Students Against Nicotine and Tobacco Addition, or "SANTA").

Jerica M. Berge, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School
Associate Director, Citizen Professional Center

Jerica Berge is a faculty member and behavioral medicine educator at the UMN's Medical School, in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She co-leads the Citizen Health Care and Families and Democracy Project, which aims to develop the theory and practice of democratic public work by health and human services professionals. Dr. Berge maintains specialized training in collaborative family healthcare and medical family therapy. She was recently awarded an NIH K-12 career development award through the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program at the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health at the University of Minnesota, and through this work will focus on family and home environment predictors of adolescent obesity. Dr. Berge will also carry out an intervention study as part of her K-12 award within family practice clinics using community-based participatory research methods to address the needs of families in reducing the obesity epidemic in adolescent youth, and in particular adolescent females.