Our Team

Dr. Matthew Syzdek – PhD, MBA

Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Syzdek leads all clinical service lines for Lorenz Clinic. He guides healthcare teams to ensure the best patient experience, quality care, and treatment outcomes. Dr. Syzdek accomplishes this through Lean process improvement and implementation of best practices while closely adhering to health care regulations and rules.

Dr. Syzdek started his career as an intern at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), where he rotated through all levels of mental health care. After joining the staff full-time at HCMC, he proposed and then implemented an expansion of primary care behavioral health across the health system and was promoted into a newly created Psychology Manager position. Dr. Syzdek built a team of leading primary care psychologists. He tracked clinical, operational, and financial outcomes to demonstrate the effectiveness of the model and support further growth. These successes led him to manage a psychiatric day treatment program where he introduced Lean process improvement principles and standardized clinical productivity.

Looking to focus more on operations, Dr. Syzdek transitioned to Fairview Health Systems as Director of Outpatient Mental Health, where he led the successful transition to virtual care for all outpatient mental health and addiction services during COVID-19. He also championed process improvement and advanced use of more efficient technology in various service lines.

Dr. Syzdek’s clinical expertise includes third-wave behavior therapies such as behavioral activation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. He cares for adults with a range of mental health and addiction problems.

Dr. Syzdek has also published multiple scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals on men’s mental health and gender-based motivational interviewing as well as a book chapter on emotion regulation and behavioral activation.

Dr. Syzdek earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Clark University and holds a MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

  • Education
  • MBA - University of St Thomas
  • PhD - Clark University
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology - Clark University
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Boston College
  • B.A. - St. John’s University
  • Licensure
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Affiliations
  • Minnesota Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
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