Vitaliy L Voytenko, PsyD

Vitaliy L Voytenko, PsyD
Vitaliy L Voytenko, PsyD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Associate Professor, Department of Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Law


Contact Information

Patient Care Related:
Psychiatry, 269.337.6373

Biosketch

Vitaliy Voytenko, PsyD completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at Wheaton College (Illinois) and predoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in university mental health at Boston College. In addition, Dr. Voytenko holds a master’s degree in general theology. Prior to starting his role as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, where he also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Law, he worked at Alliance Clinical Associates, a multidisciplinary mental health group practice in the west suburbs of Chicago. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at Wheaton College. He had also worked at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he led the development of a depression center-of-excellence and taught and supervised psychiatry residents. In addition, he has held an adjunct/clinical faculty appointment in the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine since 2013. His diverse research, teaching, and clinical interests include treatment-resistant depression, comorbid personality disorders, psychodynamic approaches to treatment, religion/spirituality in clinical care, forgiveness and flourishing, and training of psychiatry residents.

  • Education and Training

    • MA 2009, General Theology, Wheaton College
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship 2006, Psychology, University Counseling Services, Boston College
    • PsyD 2005, Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College
    • Internship 2005, Clinical Psychology, Massachusetts Mental health Center, Harvard Medical School
    • BS 1999, Computer Information Systems, East Ukrainian State University
  • Research

    • treatment-resistant depression
    • religion and spirituality in mental health
    • psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Publications

    • Höltge J., Cowden R.G., Lee M.T., Bechara A.O., Joynt S., Kamble S., Khalanskyi V.V., Shtanko L., Kurniati N.M.T., Tymchenko S., Voytenko V.L., McNeely E., VanderWeele T.J. A systems perspective on human flourishing: Exploring cross-country similarities and differences of a multisystemic flourishing network Journal of Positive Psychology. 2023;18(5):695-710.

    • Lemke A.W., Davis E.B., Voytenko V.L., Cowden R.G., Chen Z.J., McConnell J.M., Pargament K.I., Phillips K.P., Marseilles R., Wolff R.P. Religious/Spiritual Struggles and Suicide Ideation Among Adult Psychiatric Outpatients: A 12-Month Longitudinal Study Journal of Affective Disorders Reports. 2023;14

    • Voytenko V.L., Huprich S.K. Managing treatment-resistant depression with comorbid personality disorders Managing Treatment-Resistant Depression: Road to Novel Therapeutics. 2022:441-459.

    • Voytenko V.L., Pargament K.I., Cowden R.G., Lemke A.W., Kurniati N.M.T., Bechara A.O., Joynt S., Tymchenko S., Khalanskyi V.V., Shtanko L., Kocum M., Korzhov H., Mathur M.B., Ho M.Y., VanderWeele T.J., Worthington E.L. Religious Coping With Interpersonal Hurts: Psychosocial Correlates of the Brief RCOPE in Four Non-Western Countries Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 2021;15(1):43-55.

    • Voytenko V.L., VanOrman B.T., Jaarsma R.D., Bishop T.W., Mavis B.E., Achtyes E.D. Getting involved in training the next generation of physicians: Examples of practicing psychologists in psychiatry and family medicine residency programs. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 2021;52(3):290-298.

    • Koss S., Weissman R., Chow V., Smith P., Slack B., Voytenko V., Balboni T., Balboni M. Training Community Clergy in Serious Illness: Balancing Faith and Medicine Journal of Religion and Health. 2018;57(4):1413-1427.

    • Voytenko V., Anderson K., Wyngarden N., Post D., Achtyes E., Thomas S., Edwards E., Stoyanov R., Nykamp L., Lee S.H. Evidence-based practice guideline for the treatment of adult patients with depressive disorders. Part II: Psychotherapy Psychiatria i Psychologia Kliniczna. 2018;18(3):242-247.

    • Voytenko V., Nykamp L., Achtyes E., Stoyanov R., Anderson K., Thomas S., Lee S.H., Edwards E., Post D., Wyngarden N. Evidence-based practice guideline for the treatment of adult patients with depressive disorders. Part I: Psychiatric management Psychiatria i Psychologia Kliniczna. 2018;18(3):234-241.

    • McMinn M., Voytenko V. Investing the wealth: Intentional strategies for psychology training in developing countries Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 2004;35(3):302-305.

  • Presentations

    • Treatment-resistant depression and personality disorders: Evidence-based psychodynamic approaches. Voytenko, V. L., Rucker, J., Levy, K. N., Charles, M. , Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC, Washington DC, 08/2023
    • Advances in therapeutic approaches to treatment-resistant depression and personality disorders.. Voytenko, V. L., Huprich, S. K., Nelson, S. M., Ronningstam, E., Annual congress of the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, Virtual, Virtual, 10/2022
    • Religious/spiritual struggles and suicide risk among adult psychiatric outpatients: A 12-month longitudinal study.. Lemke, A. W.*, Voytenko, V. L., Davis, E. B., Cowden, R. G., McConnell, J. M., Pargament, K. I., Phillips, K. P., Marseilles, R., Wolff, R. P., Annual conference of the National Network of Depression Centers, virtual, virtual, 09/2021
    • Longitudinal Influence of Religious & Spiritual Struggles on Suicide Risk. Lemke, A. W.*, Voytenko, V. L., Davis, E. B., McConnell, J. M., Biondolillo, K. T.*, Bornhoff, A. M.*, Oechsle, G. J.*, & Beeman, C. M.*, 128th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, virtual, virtual, 08/2020
    • Social Support as a Moderator of Religiosity in Predicting Traumatic Stress among Ukrainian Soldiers and Support Personnel. Biondolillo, K. T.*, Lemke, A. W.*, Beeman, C. M.*, Kazimov, S.*, & Voytenko, V. L., Annual meeting of the Christian Associations for Psychological Studies, Atlanta, GA, 03/2020
    • Treatment-Resistant Depression: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Research. Bornhoff, A.*, Kocum, M.*, Oechsle, G.*, Lemke, A. W.*, & Voytenko, V. L., Annual meeting of the Christian Associations for Psychological Studies, Atlanta, GA, 03/2020
    • Grieving with Hope: A Scoping Review of Lament in Relation to Mental and Spiritual Health. Oechsle, G.*, Bornhoff, A.*, Kocum, M.*, Lemke, A. W.*, Biondolillo, K.*, & Voytenko, V. L., Annual meeting of the Christian Associations for Psychological Studies, Atlanta, GA, 03/2020
    • Impact of Religious Coping on Treatment Outcome: A Systematic Literature Review. Lemke, A. W.*, Voytenko, V. L, 4th Global Meeting in Spirituality and Mental Health, Jerusalem, Israel, 12/2019
    • Impact of Religious Coping on Treatment Outcome: A Systematic Literature Review. Lemke, A. W.*, Oechsle, G.*, Biondolillo, K.*, Voelker, C.*, Bornhoff, A.*, Voytenko, V. L., Annual meeting of the National Network of Depression Centers, Ann Arbor, MI, 09/2019
    • The Role of Psychologists in Training Competent Physicians: Examples from the Field. Voytenko, V. L., Bishop, T. W., Mavis, B., Jaarsma, R., VanOrman, B. T., Achtyes, E. A., Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, 08/2019
    • Impact of Religious Coping on Treatment Outcome: A Systematic Literature Review. Lemke, A. W.*, Oechsle, G. J.*, Biondolillo, K.*, Voelker, C.*, Bornhoff, A.*, Voytenko, V. L., Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, 08/2019
    • Toward Precision Psychiatry for Major Depression: An Umbrella Review of Psychosocial Factors in Treatment Resistance. Lemke, A. W.*, Barnhart, D.*, Risetter, A.*, Biondodillo, K. T.*, Voytenko, V. L., Annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, San Francisco, CA, 05/2019
    • Toward Precision Psychiatry for Major Depression: An Umbrella Review of Psychosocial Factors in Treatment Resistance. Lemke, A. W.*, Barnhart, D.*, Risetter, A.*, Biondodillo, K.*, Voytenko, V. L., 2 nd Pine Rest/Michigan State University Depression Summit, Grand Rapids, MI, 04/2019
    • Adapting and Validating the Deployment Risk and Resilience Inventory-2 for Use in Ukraine. Kazimov. S.*, Lemke, A. W.*, Biondolillo, K. T.*, Voytenko, V. L., Annual meeting of the Christian Associations for Psychological Studies, Dallas, TX, 03/2019
    • Psychosocial Factors in Treatment-Resistant Depression: An Umbrella Review. Barnhart, D.*, Voytenko, V. L., Tobey, D.*, Biondodillo, K. T.*, Risetter, A., Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA, 08/2018
    • Religion/Spirituality and the Psychiatry Milestone Project: A Competency-Based Curriculum for Residency Training. VanOrman, B., Voytenko, V. L., Edwards, E., Morgan, J.*, Yskes, R.*, Sanders, W., 7th Annual Conference on Medicine & Religion, St. Louis, MO, 04/2018
    • Religion and Spirituality in Children: God Concepts and Coping with Adversity. Favaro, B.*, Lee, T.*, Biondolillo, K.*, Voytenko, V. L., Annual meeting of the Christian Associations for Psychological Studies, Norfolk, VA, 04/2018
    • Negative Religious Coping and Depression: A Comprehensive Literature Review. Chung, D., Barnhart, D.*, Risetter, A.*, Biondolillo, K.*, Tobey, D.*, Vander Wal, L.*, Onyambu, F.*, Jin, A.*, Voytenko, V. L. , Annual meeting of the Christian Associations for Psychological Studies, Norfolk, VA, 04/2018