Katie Thorsness, MD

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“I strive to support patients and families in navigating both their path to emotional and relational healing as well as the journey of parenthood. I partner with patients to find meaning in their suffering through compassionate curiosity and shared decision making.”

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Thorsness specializes in perinatal psychiatry. As a member of the Mother-Baby team, she practices medicine in the context of a multidisciplinary team who helps support both mothers and families through the framework of attachment-based, psychodynamic, family system, narrative, and mindfulness practices. Dr. Thorsness provides medical care with a whole-person approach encouraging patients to consider how movement, nutrition, connection, purpose, and sometimes psychiatric medication, can relieve suffering and foster emotional wellbeing. She has additional expertise in physician trainee mental health.


  • Thorsness KR, Watson C, LaRusso. Perinatal Anxiety: Approach to the Identification and Management in the Obstetric Setting. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2018;219(4):326-345.
  • Webb, C, Thorsness KR, & Nelson KJ. Breastfeeding Protocols in an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. MMCGME Twin Cities Quality Forum. May 25, 2016, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Thorsness KR, Nelson KJ. A 15-year-old boy with aggression and paranoia. Psychiatric Annals, 2015;45(9):450-451.

Medical School

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


  • Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • The International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health
  • Postpartum Support International


  • Board-certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School


  • Harold Lawn Teacher of the Year 2015
  • Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society 2013


“I enjoy spending time with my family. I also love to travel, run, and cook.”