Medical School

Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience

Department of Pediatrics

Michael Potegal, PhD

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Academic Title

Associate Professor

Clinical Title



  • Neurology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Neurology


  • Discovery Clinic -- Pediatric Specialty Care


Columbia Physicians and Surgeons, University of Amsterdam (Neurophysiology); University of Wisconsin (Clinical Psychology); University of Minnesota (Pediatric Neuropsychology)
Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology

Contact Info


(612) 625-6964
(612) 625-7466

(612) 624-7681

Office Address
Pediatric Neurology
741 Mayo
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Pediatric Clinical Neuroscience
12-169 PWB
516 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address
Department of Pediatrics
MMC 486 Mayo
8486A (Campus Delivery Code)
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

Michael Potegal, Ph.D., L.P. is an Associate Professor in the Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience within the Dept. of Pediatrics. He also has an appointment in Neurology. In the earlier part of his research career in behavioral neuroscience, he worked on basal ganglia and vestibular mechanisms of spatial orientation. Subsequently, he studied brain mechanisms of aggression in order to characterize the internal motivational state(s) that control external behavior. After re-orienting his career in a more clinical direction, he joined the faculty of the Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinic in 2000, where he renewed his study of children's temper tantrums. Tantrums are a common feature of child development which have implications for both mental health and understanding of basic emotions. The aim of his current work is development of a general theory of tantrums encompassing their neural bases, ontogeny and development, dynamics, physiology, and relationships to child temperament and parental intervention.


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