The leadership committee for the Family Therapists in Healthcare Topical Interest Network consists of the Chair, Chair-elect, Treasurer, Secretary and Graduate Student Rep. The leadership committee is responsible for the functioning of the network and associated activities as well as the strategic plan and managing the budget. The TIN also receives support from AAMFT Staff with overall guidance, structure, policies, and offerings. The TIN reports to the AAMFT Board and the Component Evaluation Committee.
Tai J. Mendenhall, Chair
Ph.D., University of Minnesota (2003)
M.S., Kansas State University (1997)
Tai Mendenhall is a Medical Family Therapist and Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota (UMN) in the Department of Family Social Science. He is an adjunct professor in the UMN’s Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, an Associate Director for the UMN’s Citizen Professional Center, and the Director of the UMN’s Medical Reserve Corps’ Mental Health Disaster-Response Teams. Dr. Mendenhall has published over 140 journal articles and book chapters and has secured over 2 million dollars in external funding as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI.
Research and clinical interests: Medical Family Therapy, trauma-informed interventions, chronic illness, and community-based participatory research.
Ruth Nutting, Chair-Elect
Ph.D., Virginia Tech (2016)
M.A., Antioch University New England
Dr. Ruth Nutting is a passionate, collaborative, and innovative clinician committed to driving positive mental health outcomes. As evolvedMD’s Director of Clinical Programs, she is charged with clinical training and development, program development and evaluation, and elevating evolvedMD’s clinical offerings. Prior to evolvedMD, Dr. Nutting was a leading voice in behavioral health integration as the Director of Behavioral Health at Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency while concurrently acting as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
An expert at equipping and empowering practitioners, with her vast experience Dr. Nutting integrated the first behavioral health program within residency clinics, implemented trauma informed care and screening of ACES with pediatric populations, and developed a physician wellness program.
Clinical and Research Interests: integrated behavioral health, trauma informed care, and provider well-being.
Alexandra Hulst, Treasurer
Ph.D., Texas Tech University (2016)
M.S., Texas Woman’s University (2013)
B.A., Baylor University (2010)
Alex Hulst works for Rocky Mountain Health Plans as a Clinical Program Manager specializing in integrated behavioral health, where she has coached over 40 practices across Western Colorado in best practices to support integrated care. Since 2012, she has provided therapy for individuals, couples, and families in various primary and specialty care settings, including a pediatric intensive care unit and an adult neuromuscular clinic. Dr. Hulst’s background includes training resident physicians and mental health clinicians in integrated behavioral health practices, leading multidisciplinary consultation groups in care management, and assisting with grant management supporting integrated behavioral health in rural practices in western Colorado. She co-chaired the 2019 annual conference for the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and has authored a book titled Contextual Therapy for Family Health: Clinical Applications.
Research and clinical interests: medical family therapy, operational and financial supports for integrated care, medication for opioid use disorders, diabetes, rural and frontier health care
Katharine Didericksen, Secretary
Ph.D., University of Minnesota (2014)
M.S., Purdue University Calumet (now Northwestern) (2010)
Katharine Didericksen is an Associate Professor in the Medical Family Therapy Doctoral Program and Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s of Science Program within the department of Human Development and Family Science at East Carolina University (ECU). She is also the co-Coordinator and co-Creator of the post-Master’s Medical Family Therapy Certificate at ECU. She is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Her research interests are family-centered approaches to health equity and weight-status related health (i.e., disordered eating, obesity, type 2 diabetes, etc.).
Soyoul Song, Graduate Student Representative
Currently in a Ph.D. Program at the University of Minnesota (from Fall 2021)
M.A. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (2020)
Soyoul Song is a first year doctoral student in the Couple and Family Therapy Specialized program of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. In research, she is passionate about learning in-depth about Korean immigrants and international students' cultural context and protective factors of mental health and family relationships. She is interested in immigrant families with children with autism spectrum disorder in her clinical work.