Bios

Below you may find bios of our staff.

Executive Director

Piper Meyer-Kalos, Ph.D., HCP-P holds her Doctoral degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Psychology from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She is the Director of MNCAMH and was previously affiliated with the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Research Associate Professor and as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC.

Dr. Meyer-Kalos has specialized in psychiatric rehabilitation and treatment for first episode psychosis with interests in recovery, positive psychology, and psychosocial treatment for people with severe mental illness.

Since 2009, Dr. Meyer-Kalos has been part of the psychosocial development team of the Recovery After Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project and has co-led the individual therapy component (Individual Resiliency Training) of that project. Dr. Meyer-Kalos’ current research projects include evaluation of the integrated treatment and training for mental health and substance abuse and chronic health problems in Minnesota. She was recently awarded an NIMH grant to develop a positive psychology/mindfulness based treatment to reduce stress reactivity in persons with first episode psychosis.

Dr. Meyer-Kalos has been a trainer for Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) for the past 9 years and has trained and consulted with practitioners across the country and internationally who work in outpatient, inpatient, forensic, residential, and crisis settings. She also co-developed the advanced cognitive behavioral treatment training for IMR, the IMR Supervisor’s training, and the IMR Clinical Competency Scale.

Director of Training, Co-principal Investigator

Dr. Rohovit, Director of Training for MNCAMH, holds a Masters in Counseling with a specialty emphasis in Substance Abuse Counseling and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with a Social Work minor in Couples and Family Therapy. Dr. Rohovit was one of the original founders of the Center and has served as PI and Co-PI since its inception.

Prior to joining MNCAMH as the Director of Training, Dr. Rohovit developed and served as the Director of Graduate Studies and Program Director for UMN’s Masters of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH), Masters of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling and the Addiction Studies Certificates. Her vision for offering curriculum that prepare future clinicians to meet the clinical reality of co-occurring disorders inspired her to develop the first truly integrated Master’s program in the country. In addition to developing and directing these programs, Dr. Rohovit served as the Faculty Supervisor and instructor for the Addiction Counseling and internships provided instruction for a variety of graduate level courses: Group Therapy, Counseling Skills I and II, Substance Abuse and Social Work, The Intersection of Career and Mental Health, Professional Seminar and Portfolio Seminar.

Dr. Rohovit’s own clinical experiences inspired the vision for the academic programs and MNCAMH. As a mental health counselor and substance abuse specialist at a community mental health center and in a college mental health clinic, Dr. Rohovit worked with individuals presenting with substance use, mental health and co-occurring disorders and experienced first-hand the gaps in training and service.

In addition to her clinical and teaching experience, she has worked as a prevention specialist with college students and has consulted and presented nationally on using social norms to promote healthier behaviors. Dr. Rohovit co-wrote and implemented a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant to lower binge drinking at the University of Iowa and served as the Principal Investigator for a Minnesota Department of Public Safety grant to lower DWI and binge drinking rates at five metro colleges and universities.

Co-principal Investigator/Trainer

Peter Dimock, MSW, LICSW is a 13-year faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota where he teaches Introduction to Social Work Methods with Individuals, Substance Abuse and Social Work, and Motivational Interviewing. He also developed and taught Psychopharmacology and Co-occurring Disorders in the Addiction Studies Program in the College of Continuing Education. 

At the School of Social Work he is the Director of Continuing Education and has developed the annual CEUs-on-a-Stick event, now in its 7th year. Between 2006 and 2011, he worked for the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services as a Mental Health Consultant on the Co-occurring State Incentive Grant. He has maintained a clinical practice with adolescents and adults for over 35 years. During his career he was the Director of the Rape & Sexual Assault Center at the Neighborhood Involvement Program as well as a Psychiatric Social Worker for 13 years at Pilot City Mental Health Center, now known as North Point. Mr. Dimock was one of the founders of the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization now known as Male Survivor. He has written several articles on intervention with Male Survivors and appeared on many local and National television programs and conferences as an expert working with this population.

Mr. Dimock currently provides training and consultation to many agencies on the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Model and Motivational Interviewing. He is one of the co-investigators on the current DHS grant received by the University to develop the Minnesota Center for Mental Health.

Research Coordinator

Sheena Potretzke received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. During her undergraduate career, Sheena participated in research in a variety of areas from cognitive neuroscience to developmental neurophysiology. She also completed an internship in the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at King’s College Hospital in London, UK and directed a research project in a neurosurgery laboratory.

Ms. Potretzke went on to receive her Master of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. Her Master’s dissertation explored the role of contextual clues, specifically stimulus-reward correlation, in association learning and its application in addiction behavior. She returned to the University of Minnesota, working in a Behavioral Medicine lab within the Medical School. She then explored the world of clinical research at the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology before finally returning to the University of Minnesota at the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health.

Ms. Potretzke's research interests include the psychophysiology, neurobiology, and behavioral aspects of addiction, neurological disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, counseling and behavioral therapies, translational research, psychopharmacology, and learning and behavior.

Principle Office and Administrative Specialist

Joe Curtis received his Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a minor in Psychology from Upper Iowa University and his Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology from Capella University, graduating magna cum laude and summa cum laude, respectively.

Mr. Curtis has more than 15 years management and organizational leadership experience in the nonprofit sector as well as more than ten years experience working with youth, family, and community programs, serving as Director of Human Resources/Grants Specialist for the Boys & Girls Club of Langlade County, Wisconsin. During this time, he was able to secure and oversee myriad grants and programs, including the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food and Snack Program (SFSP), which are reimbursement grants through the Department of Agriculture and have served free, healthy breakfast, lunch, and after-school snacks to approximately one hundred youth per day since 2007.

Mr. Curtis has also served as a middle school boys and girls tennis coach for eight seasons and is passionate about positive psychology, worker wellness, employee motivation and satisfaction programs, and helping others to set and achieve personal, professional, and organizational goals in a positive and sustainable manner.

Clinical Trainer & Research Associate

Tanya Line is a researcher and clinical trainer at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health (MNCAMH). Her research interests include: goal selection and maintenance, transdiagnostic methods, translational neuroscience, and intervention development. Her clinical work of more than five years has specialized in the treatment of comorbid substance use disorders and mental illnesses, with a focus on serious mental illness. This considerable clinical experience has helped to shape her research interests.

Under the guidance of MNCAMH director Dr. Piper Meyer-Kalos, she has utilized her education and experience to enhance the quality of research conducted within the center in its focus on intervention development and implementation. Her main tasks with the center are to train practitioners who treat those with co-occurring disorders and to coordinate research projects. Also, she is working on translating, for use with humans, an animal model of “approach behavior” that may inform neural and genetic markers related to individual differences in incentive salience.  This research has implications for cognitive techniques to treat psychopathology. She holds a Master’s degree in Integrated Behavioral Health, is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and is eligible for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor. She earned her Bachelor of Science along with certificates in Addiction Studies and Applied Business from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. 

Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Research Assistant

Jennifer Wiseman is currently a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in the Integrated Behavioral Health program, a cutting edge training program in integrated clinical care for co-occurring disorders. Her interests include integrated care from a recovery-oriented perspective, client-directed goal setting, and mindfulness-based interventions for individuals with co-occurring substance use disorder and serious mental illness. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Previously, Ms. Wiseman worked in the technology sector, most notably serving 8 years as IT Coordinator for a global executive recruitment firm. She is currently employed as a graduate research assistant at the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health where her work is focused on disseminating data from clinical research and translating results for publication and future training.

Clinical Trainer

Steve Carlson, Psy.D. has been working in the mental health field for thirty-four years in a variety of settings, mostly in Community Mental Health Centers.  He has served in both clinical and management positions.  He is a frequent presenter at various conferences on topics including: Supportive Housing Model, Enhanced Illness Management and Recovery for Co-occurring Disorders, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Stages of Change Model, DSM Diagnoses, Mindfulness and Mental Health, Treating Mental Illness versus Improving Mental Health, The History and Psychology of Long-Term Homelessness, and other mental health topics.  As a Certified Minnesota Trainer in Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), Steve provides training and consultation to agencies around the State of Minnesota. 

Graduate Research Assistant

Amanda Talan is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Ms. Talan is pursuing a master's degree in social work and a master's degree in addictions counseling. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2010 from the University of Vermont and has held various research and direct practice positions.

Ms. Talan researched how abused substances affect the brain from 2010 - 2015 and has worked with adults with severe and persistent mental illness. She is currently working as a graduate research assistant at the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health, collecting, organizing, and disseminating data from clinical research.

Doctoral Research Assistant

Josh is a second year Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota studying in the Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research program in the Department of Psychology. His current research informs many areas of psychiatric rehabilitation in serious mental illness, specifically focusing on modern interventions based in neuroscience like non-invasive brain stimulation and cognitive remediation. Josh is also interested in motivation and decision making, behavioral task-development, and the psychometrics of assessing group and individual differences.

Josh is a graduate of Columbia University's postbaccalaureate psychology program, where in addition to his background in clinical research, he gained experience in health and social psychology. As a clinical researcher at Columbia University Medical Center, Josh assisted in researching and administering a CBT-based intervention as an adjunct to vocational rehabilitation. Before becoming a researcher, Josh worked in artist representation for Film, TV, and Theater in New York City, and originally trained as a theater actor and director at Brandeis University.

Clinical Intern & Graduate Research Assistant

Jamie is currently a graduate student in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, with a focus in clinical social work. Jamie is currently a clinical intern and research assistant at MNCAMH, and much of her work is focused in First Episode Psychosis (FEP) and the NAVIGATE treatment model for FEP. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, Associate of Applied Science degree in addiction counseling, and is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) in Minnesota. Prior to beginning her graduate program, Jamie worked in various substance use and co-occurring disorder treatment programs in the Twin Cities metro area. She also served as the Substance Abuse Specialist for an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team specifically designed to work with adults experiencing severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and long-term homelessness.