Debra is a resident faculty member of the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health and the Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling programs. She has developed integrated mental health and substance abuse curriculum and academic programming for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as provided counselor training.
Debra has over 35 years of experience as a clinician and manager in the addictions field where she delivered substance abuse clinical care for a range of clients. She has worked with adolescents and adults facing substance abuse and co-occurring mental health concerns through a variety of stages, including prevention, primary care, and continuing care. She completed her Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor training at the University of Minnesota and earned her master’s from St. Mary’s University.
Debra is currently Vice President and Region 10 Governor of the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) and is a member of the public policy committee of MARRCH. Debra served on the board of the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Alcohol and Addictions Counselors (MNAP), chairing the Advocacy Committee. She also served on the Minnesota Department of Human Services–Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division’s Continuum of Care Strategic Planning Committee and chaired the Workforce Subcommittee which focused on developing a more diverse workforce within the substance abuse industry.
In addition to being a resident faculty member, Ann is also the Internship Liaison to the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) and the Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling (ADDC). She teaches a number of courses in the IBH and ADDC programs while serving as a valuable resource for students navigating the internship the program. Ann received her psychology doctorate (PsyD) from Capella University with a specialty in clinical psychology. Since 1994, her primary focus has been working with children, adolescents, and families. Ann holds a dual license as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor from the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
Fiyyaz is a resident faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health and Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling programs. Prior to working in higher education, Fiyyaz was employed in a variety of community mental health outpatient settings, many geared towards addressing the needs of underserved and minority populations. His clinical interests include identity development, grief and loss, social justice issues, health psychology, trauma, and PTSD. He has conducted professional trainings and presented at conferences on a wide array of diversity issues including microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and racial identity. Fiyyaz earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Minnesota, and he is a doctoral candidate at the University of St. Thomas.
ThanhVan (Van) Vu
Van is a resident faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health and Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling programs. She is also a graduate of the Integrated Behavioral Health program. Van has a wide variety of experience with chemical health treatment, including outpatient and inpatient, LGBT-specific treatment, methadone maintenance treatment, and detox. She uses an interpersonal, humanistic approach to counseling in her practice, and she believes it is important to work collaboratively with her patients, defining goals and hopes for the counseling process together. Van is interested in cultural competence, integration of care, co-occurring disorders, harm reduction, supervision, ethics, prevention, and diagnosis.
Jennifer is a resident faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health and Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling programs. She teaches courses on motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and research methods. Jennifer received her doctorate with a specialty in clinical psychology from Walden University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience providing services to a diverse group of individuals with co-occurring disorders, including ten years of experience in a supervisory role. Her clinical interests include working with adolescents and adults who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviors, forensic assessment and evaluation, psychological testing, and clinical supervision.
Heidi Kammer Hodge
Heidi is a community faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in alcohol and drug abuse studies from the University of South Dakota and received her master’s degree in social work from Augsburg College. Heidi is dually licensed as a mental health professional and chemical health professional. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) and licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC). She has over 18 years of professional experience with expertise in chemical and mental health care, including 14 years in management and executive leadership. Heidi is vice president and chief operations officer with Jackson Recovery Centers, which serves the Midwest region of Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska, and focuses on creating a recovery-centered Siouxland. She leads a continuum of addiction, mental health, medical care, and overall integrated services. She maintains Consulting by Design LLC, a firm specializing in grant writing and fund development services. She also provides technical assistance and consulting services in the areas of compliance, culturally responsive services, integrated care, and behavioral health care.
Patrice (Patty) Lauer-Roberts
Patty is a community faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health program. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work. She has since trained intensively in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech of the Linehan Institute. Prior to getting her bachelor’s degree, she worked on the Minnesota Twin Family Study. Patty has practiced as a therapist and supervisor in the behavioral health field for over 10 years. She has worked in case management and outpatient therapy and is the presently the director of the mental health clinic and DBT program at South Metro Human Services.
R. John Sutherland
John is a community faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health program. He is the clinical director of psychological services at North Memorial Medical Center for Mental Health and Addiction Services, where he specializes in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders. Prior to his work at North Memorial, John was the director of training for the psychology internship program and the lead psychologist for the trauma recovery program and the substance use program at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He received his bachelor of arts with an emphasis in history and social studies, as well as a master’s in counseling psychology, from the University of St. Thomas; he earned his doctorate from the University of Houston in counseling psychology. He is board certified in counseling psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and a nationally certified trainer for prolonged exposure for PTSD.