HMHI Welcomes New Youth-Focused Clinical Faculty

Oct 19, 2021 9:00 AM


We are is pleased to announce the addition of new physician, Karen Manotas, MD, MS, and clinical psychologist, Mindy Westlund Schreiner, PhD, to Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI). Drs. Manotas and Westlund Schreiner are concurrently appointed as college faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and will be contribute to training the next generation of outstanding physicians.

karen-manotas.jpgKaren Manotas, MD, MS

Karen Manotas, MD, MS, Assistant Professor (Clinical), has been appointed to the Child Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Manotas will be working on the inpatient child units at HMHI providing full-time psychiatric care to children and adolescents. Additionally, she will provide school-based psychiatric consultations to several urban and rural Utah schools. She came to Utah from Boca Raton, Florida, for medical school in 2012. She fell in love with the city, it’s people, and the quality training provided here and completed medical school, adult psychiatry residency, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is board-certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is interested in systems based care in school settings, clinical research, program development, and quality improvement. 

minday-westlund-schreiner.jpgMindy Westlund Schreiner, PhD

Mindy Westlund Schreiner, PhD, Instructor (Clinical), has been appointed to the Child Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Schreiner is both a researcher and a clinical psychologist providing neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults at the HMHI Downtown Behavioral Health Clinic. She earned BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, where she also won numerous scholarships and research awards. She came to Utah as a postdoctoraI fellow in the Psychiatry department under the mentorship of Scott Langenecker, PhD, and Sheila Crowell, PhD, as part of the Multifaceted Exploration of the Neurobiology of Depressive Disorders (MEND2) research group. Both her research and clinical interests are in the area of mood disorders with a specific focus on self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs) in youth. Her research incorporates neuroimaging approaches with intervention strategies to understand mechanisms of change associated with SITBs. The aim of this work is to improve clinical outcomes in youth. Dr. Westlund Schreiner has also been involved in research and quality improvement for SafeUT, investigating the impact of SafeUT on mental health service utilization and providing suicide assessment training to SafeUT clinicians. 

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