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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Michelle R. Kees, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: (734) 764-7328
Fax: (734) 936-8907

Primary Programs/Services:
Child and Adolescent


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (2001-2003)
  • Clinical Internship: Children’s Memorial Hospital; Chicago, IL (2000-2001)
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology: State University of New York, Stony Brook (2001)
  • M.A., Psychology: State University of New York, Stony Brook (1997)
  • B.S., Psychology: Arizona State University (1994)

Clinical Interest:

  • Women, parenting, and family transitions
  • Childhood trauma and anxiety disorders
  • Parent guidance and behavior management strategies

Research Interest:

  • Risk and resiliency in military families
  • Evidence-based interventions for military spouses/partners and their children
  • The impact of parent trauma on parenting and child adjustment
  • Community dissemination of effective treatments

Academic Appointment:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Dalack, G.W., Blow, A. J., Valenstein, M., Gorman, L., Spinner, J., Marcus, S., Kees, M., McDonough, S., Greden, J. F., Ames, B., Francisco, B., Anderson, J. R., Bartolacci, J., & Lagrou, R. (2010). Public-Academic Partnerships: Working Together to Meet the Needs of Army National Guard Soldiers: An Academic-Military Partnership. Psychiatric Services, 61, 1069-1071
  • Greden, J. F., Valenstein, M., Spinner, J., Blow, A., Gorman, L. A., Dalack, G. W., Marcus, S. & Kees, M. (2010), Buddy-to-Buddy, a citizen soldier peer support program to counteract stigma, PTSD, depression, and suicide. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1208, 90-97.
  • Gurwitch. R.H., Kees, M., & Becker, S.M. (2003). In the face of tragedy: Placing children's reactions to trauma in a new context. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 9(4), 286-295.
  • Gurwitch, R.H., Kees, M., Becker, S.M., Schreiber, M., Pfefferbaum, B., & Diamond, D. (Jan-March 2004). When disaster strikes: Responding to the needs of children, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine 19, 21-28.