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, Emeritus, Director, Native Center for Behavioral Health, Program Director, National American Indian and Alaska Native Childhood Traumatic Stress TSA, CAT II Center, Program Director, Mental Health Awareness Training in Sioux City, Iowa (MHAT center), Co-PI: Recovery Definitions and Behavior Change Processes in Recovery Outside of Treatment, Program Director, Indigenous Motivational Interviewing Program for Tribal Communities in the State of Oregon
Department: Community and Behavioral Health
Office: N420 CPHB
Phone: (319) 384-1481

Dr. Anne Helene Skinstad is a clinical professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She is the director of the Native Center for Behavioral Health, which includes five SAMHSA-funded national TTCs, and one SAMHSA-funded MHAT project in Sioux City. Dr. Skinstad has been a program director for technology transfer centers since 1995, and before immigrating to the United States, she was the chief psychologist for the first in-patient treatment unit for alcoholic women and their children at the Hjellestad Clinic outside of Bergen, Norway. As an TTC director, she has overseen many workforce development programs regionally as well as nationally and supervised 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 and urban Indian communities, such as motivational interviewing and clinical supervision to mention a few. 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
  • Workforce development in tribal and urban Indian communities
  • Recovery high schools and colleges
  • American Indian leadership development