Tai J Mendenhall

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Dr. Tai Mendenhall is a Medical Family Therapist and Associate Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota (UMN) in the Department of Family Social Science. He is also the Associate Director of the UMN’s Citizen Professional Center and Director of the UMN’s Medical Reserve Corps’ Mental Health Disaster-Response Teams. He works actively in the conduct of collaborative family healthcare and community-based participatory research (CBPR) focused on a variety of public health issues.

To-date, Tai has lead or contributed to over 130 publications, including 89 articles (45 peer-reviewed/ refereed) and 40 book chapters related to MFT, MedFT, and behavioral health in journals such as Family Relations, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Families, Systems, & Health, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, Action Research, Nursing Inquiry, Traumatology, Annals of Family Medicine, and the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. He has published five edited books (four as first-editor), including three texts regarding contemporary understandings of Intimate Relationships and two texts regarding cutting-edge applications of MedFT. Tai served as member of an AAMFT-appointed task-force from 2015-2018 to articulate formal MedFT competencies – and the respective knowledge/abilities/personal characteristics and target indicators that they encompass – across six domains (systems, biopsychosocial/spiritual foci, collaboration, leadership, ethics, and diversity). He has presented over 300 professional workshops/trainings across state-, national-, and international- arenas.

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Projects 2006 2019

American Indians
American Indian
chronic illness

Research Output 1996 2019

Backing the Blue: Trauma in Law Enforcement Spouses and Couples

Landers, A. L., Dimitropoulos, G., Mendenhall, T. J., Kennedy, A. & Zemanek, L., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Family Relations.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Law Enforcement
law enforcement

Testing Basic Assumptions of the Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire-15 in a Sample of Clinically Depressed and Suicidal Youth

Hunt, Q. A., Weiler, L. M., McGuire, J., Mendenhall, T., Kobak, R. & Diamond, G. S., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Psychological Theory
Statistical Factor Analysis
Cause of Death
Regression Analysis
1 Citation (Scopus)

Call to Action: Family Therapy and Rural Mental Health

Jensen, E. J. & Mendenhall, T. J., Dec 1 2018, In : Contemporary Family Therapy. 40, 4, p. 309-317 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rural Health
Family Therapy
Rural Population
family therapy
rural community

Evaluative coping, emotional distress, and adherence in couples with type 2 diabetes

Trump, L. J., Novak, J. R., Anderson, J. R., Mendenhall, T. J., Johnson, M. D., Scheufler, A. C., Wilcox, A., Lewis, V. L. & Robbins, D. C., Mar 2018, In : Families, Systems and Health. 36, 1, p. 87-96 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Patient Compliance

A Pain to Practice: Attitudes of Medical Family Therapists Working With Patients With Opioid Use Disorder

Zubatsky, M., Mendenhall, T. J., Fowler, J. & Harris, S. M., May 27 2017, In : American Journal of Family Therapy. 45, 3, p. 163-174 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Primary Health Care
Mental Health