JacobKerbeshianChild, Adolescent Psychiatrist

Following residency training in psychiatry and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry Dr. Kerbeshian served as a medical officer in the United States Air Force for two years, after which he practiced general and child and adolescent psychiatry for thirty-two years in Grand Forks, ND, retiring from the Altru Health System in 2009. In that setting he had a number of clinical, teaching, and administrative roles and actively engaged in clinical research, primarily in the area of developmental neuropsychiatry. Since 2009, Dr. Kerbeshian has continued to practice episodically in diverse locations both in the US and abroad. In 2014-15 the opportunity to work at PrairieCare, Maple Grove, came to pass, and after a brief hiatus Dr. Kerbeshian has returned to continue the association with PrairieCare in Chaska.

Dr. Kerbeshian’s theoretical framework for practice can be described as eclectic. He relies heavily on the model of what might be called the social brain: the repository of our shared human evolutionary experience, the individual’s unique developmental life experience, and the incorporation the broader physical and relational environment into the construct. His general psychotherapeutic approach is psychodynamic, with an emphasis on the individual within the family. Dr. Kerbeshian appreciates the power and finesse of judicious use of psychotropic medications in treatment. He also appreciates working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

In his spare time Dr. Kerbeshian enjoys spending time with family and especially grandchildren at the lake.


Medical Degree: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Residency: Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
Fellowship:Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
Board Certification: Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


Clinical Professor of Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Tourette syndrome
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Intellectual Disabilities

Additional Info

Children, Adolescents : Yes
Adults: No