Stress as a Risk Factor for Mental Health and Substance Use

There is no CEU associated with this archived webinar.

Stress is an omnipresent factor in our lives and for those suffering from a mental illness and/or substance use disorder, stress can have an especially stifling impact with significant consequences. This webinar will provide an overview of the current research surrounding stress and substance use, and related mental health issues, as well as suggestions for clinicians in treating stress.


Mustafa al'Absi, PhD

Mustafa al’Absi, PhD, holds join appointments in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and the Department of Bio-behavioral Health and Population Sciences at the Duluth Medical School, University of Minnesota. He is also the founding Director of the Duluth Medical Research Institute. His research and area of expertise centers around stress psychobiology and addiction.

Sheena Potretzke, MSc

Sheena Potretzke, MSc, received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and her Master of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. Ms. Potretzke held prior positions in Dr. al’Absi’s Behavioral Medicine Lab and Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology before her current position at the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health. Her research interests center around the psychobiology of addiction and translational research.