PHS welcomes the newest additions to our team Christine Mathiowetz, Heather Rylander, Jennifer Schumann, Hale Thompson, and Scott Vrieze.
Christine Mathiowetz is a research assistant for a Multi-state Recidivism Study Using Static-99 and Static-2002 Risk Scores and Tier Guidelines from the Adam Walsh Act at PHS. Prior to this study, Mathiowetz helped to conduct research at PHS on the 30-Year Sexual Offender Recidivism Study. She received her BA in psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is currently completing her MA in marriage and family therapy at Argosy University and will be starting her internship at Twin Cities Play Therapy Center in the fall. She plans to continue her education and start on her PsyD in clinical psychology immediately following her graduation. Mathiowetz has experience with sexual abuse, eating disorders, and sexual offenders from her working at the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center, Anna Westin Foundation, and PHS.
Heather Rylander is the newest student assistant in the front office of PHS clinic, the Center for Sexual Health. Rylander is entering her sophomore year at the University of Minnesota. She is majoring in English literature and minoring in studies in cinema and media culture.
Jennifer Schumann, MD, is a third year resident in psychiatry. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and graduated with an honors degree in zoology from Oregon State University. Schumann works with Jon Grant, MD, and Nancy Raymond, MD, in the treatment of psychiatric conditions. Her interests include child and adolescent mental health, gender identity, issues affecting the GLBT community, women's health, and sexuality.
Hale Thompson, MA, is a research assistant for All Gender Health Online at PHS. He earned his Bachelors in economics at the University of Chicago and has a Masters in sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Community Development from the University of Illinois. Thompson begins work on his PhD in epidemiology at University of Minnesota this fall. His research interests include transgender health and HIV prevention, community-based participatory research, as well as the development of online tools as mechanisms for promoting transgender health and community-building.
Scott Vrieze is a research assistant for a Multi-state Recidivism Study Using Static-99 and Static-2002 Risk Scores and Tier Guidelines from the Adam Walsh Act at PHS. He received a BA in psychology and philosophy from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology at the University, advised by William M. Grove. Vrieze's research regards mathematical and psychometric characteristics of diagnosis, prognosis, and prediction of violent behavior, and how novel and defensible diagnostic and prognostic techniques can be made more available to clinicians. He conducts research in mental disorder classification and numerical taxonomy, with a particular focus on externalizing and acting-out behaviors and disorders. Finally, Vrieze is interested in the contribution of molecular genetics work to etiology in mental illness, and how an endophenotype approach may overcome current obstacles to finding individual genes that possess measurable effects on maladaptive behaviors.
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