Our Team

We believe recovery is possible for everyone.

MNCAMH is staffed by mental health practitioners, researchers, and other experts: all dedicated to bridging the gap between research and practice. The MNCAMH team is passionate about improving the health outcomes of individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance-use disorders.


At MNCAMH, we are driven to improve the wellbeing of individuals who have been affected by mental illness, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. We believe recovery is possible for everyone and this core belief informs everything we do, including:

  • Translating research into practice
  • Enhancing clinical competencies by providing training in evidence-informed psychosocial interventions
  • Pilot-testing innovative practice initiatives and intervention strategies
  • Pioneering technology-focused approaches to improve access to clinical best practices
  • Collaborating and consulting with researchers, policy makers, and providers to identify and respond to community needs


MNCAMH was founded to meet the needs of Minnesota’s behavioral health workforce. Practitioners in the field requested more effective training and support in their efforts to treat co-occurring mental and substance-use disorders in an integrated fashion. The University of Minnesota responded to their call by creating a center devoted to the science and practice of care for co-occurring disorders. MNCAMH and its staff is dedicated to empirically sound practice and putting hope and wellness at the center of our recovery orientation. These values have guided our mission, allowing us to provide support to Minnesota’s workforce and to reach audiences across the nation and the world.


MNCAMH acknowledges the efforts of each of the individuals who founded the Center: Peter Dimock, Julie Rohovit and Ken Winters. Their work has helped make MNCAMH a leading provider of evidence-based training for professionals working in mental health and substance-use treatment.


March 2012 – Minnesota Center for Mental Health is established with a grant from the MN DHS

April 2013 – Piper Meyer-Kalos is made director after successfully training Minnesota practitioners in Illness Management and Recovery

October 2013 – DHS awards the Center a grant to investigate the use of I-IMR and its effects on health outcomes for individuals with serious mental illness

April 2014 – With support from the Behavioral Health Division at the Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Center for Mental Health is renamed Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health

June 2014 – MNCAMH launches the E-IMR Pilot to train practitioners in using E-IMR with individuals who have co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders

August 2014 – MNCAMH moves to the School of Social Work to support additional research

November 2014 – The first E-IMR training videos are released to much fanfare at a party hosted by MNCAMH

February 2015 – MNCAMH offers its first webinar: Dr. John Sutherland (Research on the Relationship Between PTSD and Substance Abuse)