Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert is a special section of the Behavioral Health Bridge website that provides answers to common behavioral health questions from our community. A single question will be highlighted in each entry, followed by feedback from a local expert on the topic. The goal is to share clear and reliable information about topics that are important to our community.

Community Questions and Responses


When to seek help

Andrew J. McLean, MD, MPH Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science School of Medicine & Health Sciences University of North Dakota (Article Date: 05/29/2024)


Self-harm

Kathryn Gordon, Ph.D., LP

Psychologist, Sanford Women’s Health and 
Assistant Scientist, Sanford Center for Biobehavioral Research

(Article Date: 10/29/2021)


Accessing Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents

Jennifer Faul, LCSW

Program Director - 
Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program, 
Head of Special Projects 
Sanford Health

(Article Date: 10/15/2021)


Suicide Risk

Kathryn Gordon, Ph.D., LP

Psychologist, Sanford Women’s Health

Assistant Scientist, Sanford Center for Biobehavioral Research

(Article Date: 10/01/2021)


Building Mental Health Resilience for Healthcare Providers

Jenn Faul, LCSW

Head of Special Projects

Sanford Health

(Article Date: 09/17/2021)


Seeking Help for an Eating Disorder – For You and Your Loved Ones

Stephen Wonderlich, Ph.D.

Vice-President for Research, Sanford Research

Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

(Article Date: 09/03/2021)


Behavioral Health for Healthcare Professionals

Shawnda Schroeder, Ph.D., M.A. Associate Director of Research and Evaluation, Research Associate Professor, Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences



(Article Date: 08/20/2021)


Rising Cases of Eating Disorders

Stephen Wonderlich, Ph.D. Vice-President for Research, Sanford Research Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (Article Date: 08/06/2021)


Managing Extracurricular Activities for Children

Carrie Brower-Breitwieser, Ph.D., LP, BCBA-D Pediatric Psychologist, Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program, Director, Sanford Health (Article Date: 07/23/2021)


Child Mental Health

Stefanie Hanisch, M.D. Psychiatrist
Child Psychiatry
Sanford Health
(Article Date: 07/09/2021)


Alcohol Misuse

Melissa J. Henke, M.D. Psychiatrist, Medical Director
North Dakota Professional Health Program & Heartview Foundation
(Article Date: 06/25/2021)


Adjusting to the “New Normal” in College

Marlys K. Borkhuis, M.S., LPC Counselor
Counseling Center
North Dakota State University
(Article Date: 06/11/2021)


Children's Access to "Screen Time"

Stefanie Hanisch, M.D. Psychiatrist
Child Psychiatry
Sanford Health

(Article Date: 05/28/2021)


Illicit Drug Use

Melissa J. Henke, M.D. Psychiatrist, Medical Director
North Dakota Professional Health Program & Heartview Foundation
(Article Date: 05/14/2021)


Pandemic-related Weight Gain in Children

Carrie Brower-Breitwieser, Ph.D., LP, BCBA-D Pediatric Psychologist
Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program, Director
Sanford Health
(Article Date: 04/30/2021)


Access to Mental Health Counseling in College

Marlys K. Borkhuis, M.S., LPC Counselor
Counseling Center
North Dakota State University
(Article Date: 04/16/2021)


Emotional Stress in Children

Stefanie Hanisch, M.D. Psychiatrist
Child Psychiatry
Sanford Health
(Article Date: 04/02/2021)


COVID-19 Behavioral health and Older Adults

Robert Olson, M.D. Geriatric Psychiatry, Sanford Health; Residency Program Director, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences (Article Date: 03/19/2021)


Coping with Urges to Drink Alcohol

Melissa J. Henke, M.D. Psychiatrist Medical Director North Dakota Professional Health Program & Heartview Foundation (Article Date: 03/05/2021)