Anne Helene Skinstad, PhD


A portrait of Anne Helene Skinstad, professor of Community and Behavioral Health at the university of Iowa College of Public Health.

Title(s): Clinical Professor, Program Director, National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Co-Director, YMSM + LGBT ATTC Center of Excellence
Department: Community and Behavioral Health
Office: N420 CPHB
Phone: (319) 384-1481

Dr. Anne Helene Skinstad is a clinical professor in the Dept. of Community & Behavioral Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa. She is the Project Director of the National American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers. Previously, Dr. Skinstad was the chief psychologist for the first in-patient treatment unit for alcoholic women at the Hjellestad-Clinic in Bergen. As an ATTC director she has overseen the development of different training curricula on treatment of substance use disorders with different special populations, like women, clients identified as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals with substance use disorder, clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and Native Americans with substance use disorders. She has also overseen the cultural adaptations of different curricula to Native American tribal communities, such as motivational interviewing and clinical supervision. She received her Ph.D. and her PSY.D, from the College of Psychology, University of Bergen in Norway.

Courses Taught

  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Early Intervention
  • Communicating with the Community
  • Prevention and Early Intervention of Mental Health Disorders

Research Interests

  • Substance abuse disorders in women
  • Substance-related disorders and co-occuring mental health disorders, especially post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psycho-educational group interventions with women with substance-related disorders
  • Technology transfer issues in substance abuse education
  • Recovery high schools and colleges