Abigail Gewirtz

Gewirtz

Associate Professor
Director, Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health
Director of Graduate Studies, Prevention Science Minor

Family Social Science,Institute of Child Development,CEHD Centers

Room 294 McNH
1985 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

Tel: 612-624-1475

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Areas of Interest

Prevention and Intervention Research
Trauma
Resilience
Parenting
Childrens Resilience

Major Research Projects

ADAPT (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools)

Ambit Network

(see details below)

Recent News

Gewirtz shares insight into the impact of violent video games on children

Gewirtz talks about the effect of traumatic events on childhood

Gewirtz featured along with researchers leading the burgeoning field of resilience science

Gewirtz and ADAPT featured on KSTP News

Gewirtz & ADAPT featured in Mankato Free Press

Gewirtz comments on the effects the Schaffhausen sentence could have on children

Gewirtz and Yaliu He present in Beijing

Gewirtz presents at Congressional Briefing Series

Gewirtz weighs in on Texas bill on school attendance

CNN features ADAPT

 


Degrees

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Columbia University
M.A., Vocational Counseling Psychology, Tel Aviv University
B.S., Psychology, University College London

Honors & Awards

2013 - Safe Start Center: Women Making an Impact on Children’s Exposure to Violence

2012 - Faculty Summer Research Award, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

2011 - Professional of the Year, National Alliance for Mental Illness – MN Chapter

2009 - Rising Star Award, Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle, University of Minnesota

2008 - New Career Excellence Award, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

2000 - Fellow, American Psychoanalytic Association

Teaching & Learning

FSoS 1201: Human Development and Families

CPsy 4311: Behavioral and Emotional Problems of Children

CPsy 8360: Clinical Interventions for Children

Prev 8001: Prevention Science

FSoS 8047: Integrative Research Seminar

FSoS 8550: New Topics in Prevention: Implementation & Dissemination

Research & Discovery

My primary interests are in trauma, resilience, and promoting children’s healthy development, with two distinct but interrelated research foci:

  • The impact of exposure to highly stressful and traumatic events (e.g. homelessness, violence, war) on parenting and child functioning.
  • The development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based, family- focused interventions in community settings.

My research team is currently working on two major projects: ADAPT and Ambit Network. ADAPT – After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools, is a National Institute of Drug Abuse- funded study to develop and test a web-enhanced parenting program among 400 National Guard families with parents returning from deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Ambit Network is a SAMHSA/National Child Traumatic Stress Network-funded Community Services and Treatment Center whose goal is to increase access to quality for children and families affected by traumatic events throughout Minnesota by adapting and implementing empirically-supported interventions, and trauma-informed practice. Our work is accomplished in collaboration with multiple community partners including the MN National Guard, Reserves, MN’s Department of Human Services (Children’s Mental Health and Child Welfare Divisions), NAMI-MN, supportive housing agencies, and mental health clinics throughout the state.

Our research projects have included diverse populations of families exposed to adversity and traumatic stress. These include our current study of National Guard and Reserve Families in Minnesota (ADAPT), as well as projects with families exposed to homelessness, intimate partner violence, maltreatment, and war (Ambit Network). Our projects also represent the geographic diversity of the state of Minnesota. In addition, two studies are underway outside Minnesota. In Michigan, we are conducting a study of parent preferences for parenting interventions, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health, and as part of research of the Center for Personalized Prevention at the University of Minnesota. In Israel, we are studying parenting in families affected by exposure to missile attacks.

Publications

  1. Gewirtz, A.H., Davis, L., McMorris, B., & Hanson, S. (in press, Professional Psychology: Research & Practice). Family adjustment of deployed and non-deployed mothers in families with a parent deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

  2. Gewirtz, A.H., Pinna, K., Hanson, S.K., & Brockberg, D. (2014). Promoting parenting to support reintegrating military families: After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools. Psychological Services.

  3. Forgatch, M.S., Patterson, G.R., & Gewirtz, A.H. (2013). Looking forward: The promise of widespread implementation of parent training programs. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 8, 682-694.

  4. Perlman, S., Cowen, B., Gewirtz, A., Haskett, M., & Stokes, L. (2012). Promoting positive parenting in the context of homelessness. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82, 402-412. 

  5. Narayan, A. J., Herbers, J. E., Plowman, E.J., Gewirtz, A. H., & Masten, A. S. (2012). Expressed emotion in homeless families: A methodological study of the five-minute speech sample. Journal of Family Psychology26(4), 648.

  6. Gewirtz, A.H., Medhanie, A., & DeGarmo, D. (2011). Effect of mother’s parenting on children’s internalizing trajectories following partner violence. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 29-38.

  7. Gewirtz, A.H., Erbes, C., Polusny, M.A., Forgatch, M.S., & DeGarmo, D. (2011). Supporting military families during and after deployment: The need for parenting interventions. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42, 56-62. PCMID# 303635

  8. Khaylis, A., Polusny, M.A., Erbes, C.R., Gewirtz, A.H., & Rath, M. (2011). Posttraumatic Stress, Family Adjustment, and Treatment Preferences Among National Guard Soldiers Deployed to OEF/OIF. Military Medicine, 176,126-131.

  9. Gewirtz, A.H., Polusny, M., DeGarmo, D., Khaylis, A., & Erbes, C. (2010). Parenting, family relationships and posttraumatic distress symptoms among National Guard members deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 5, 599-610.

  10. Catani, C., Gewirtz, A.H., Wieling, E., Schauer, E., Elbert, T., Neuner, F. (2010). Tsunami, war, and cumulative risk in the lives of Sri Lankan schoolchildren. Child Development, 81,1176 – 1191.

  11. Lee, S., August, G.J., Gewirtz, A.H., Klimes-Dougan, B., Bloomquist, M.L., & Realmuto, G.M. (2010). Identifying Unmet Mental Health Needs in Children of Formerly Homeless Mothers Living in a Supportive Housing Community Sector of Care. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 421-432.

  12. August, G.J., Gewirtz, A.H., & Realmuto, G.M. (2009). Moving the field of prevention from science to service: Integrating evidence-based preventive interventions into community practice through adapted and adaptive models. Applied and Preventive Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.appsy.2008.11.001

  13. Gewirtz, A.H., DeGarmo, D.S., Plowman, E., August, G.J., & Realmuto (2009). Parenting, parental mental health, and child functioning in families residing in supportive housing. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79, 336-347.

  14. See CV for more publications.