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ADAPT Team

Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., LP, Principal Investigator

Dr. Abigail Gewirtz is a professor in the Department of Family Social Science and the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the development, effectiveness testing, and implementation of targeted prevention programs that promote child resilience among highly stressed families including those affected by military deployment, war, domestic violence, and homelessness.

Over more than a decade, Dr. Gewirtz’s research has been federally and state funded continuously by agencies including SAMHSA and NIH. She is PI of Ambit Network, focusing on the implementation of evidence-based interventions for school-aged children and their parents. She is co-PI and member of the leadership team of the Center for Personalized Prevention Research, and a newly funded Prevention Research Training Grant, both at the University of Minnesota. She has published on parenting, trauma, and child adjustment, extending the Parent Management Training-Oregon model for populations affected by traumatic stress, and the role of community sectors of care as portals for family-based prevention.

A native of London, England, Dr. Gewirtz received each of her three degrees on a different continent: her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, her M.A. at Tel Aviv University in Israel, and her B.Sc. from University College London.

 

Amy Majerle, M.A., ADAPT Studies Project Manager

Amy joined the ADAPT team first as a Family Social Science graduate student assisting with recruitment and outreach, and in January 2016, moved to the role of Project Manager. Amy retired from the MN Air National Guard after 22 years of service, including one deployment, and is also a military spouse. Before coming back to school Amy was a high school counselor for almost 10 years. Amy will complete her graduate degree in Family Social Science with an emphasis on military families in May of 2016.

In her spare time Amy enjoys spending time outside with her two kids, cooking new recipes and traveling to Northern Minnesota.

 

Shauna Tiede, ADAPT4U Assistant Project Manager

Shauna graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology and has worked for the ADAPT studies for the past five years. Prior to her role as Assistant Project Manager, Shauna worked as the Interview Coordinator where she oversaw data collection during in-home interviews. While she was an undergraduate student, Shauna assisted Dr. Gewirtz in collecting data for the Early Risers program, which sought to promote resilience and improve outcomes in families living in supporting housing.

 

Mark Fletcher, Michigan ADAPT4U Project Coordinator

Mark is a 2015 graduate of Spring Arbor University with a Master’s of Arts in Counseling. Prior to his work with ADAPT he spent a year as a Home Based Counselor for youth and adolescents in Community Mental Health. Mark joined the ADAPT team in June of 2015 as the Michigan-based Project Coordinator responsible for recruitment and assessments.

Mark served in the United States Navy from 2004 to 2008 as an Aviation Structural Technician in Carrier Airborne Early Warning Attack Squadron 113 (VAW 113). During this time he served with his squadron onboard the USS Ronald Reagan on three Western Pacific deployments. Mark has a passion to continue serving his country by meeting the needs of his fellow military members and their families.

In his spare time Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and three year old daughter. He also spends time fishing, kayaking, and rock climbing.

 

Stephan McCloskey, MI ADAPT4U Project Assistant

Stephen is a Marine Corps veteran and is currently working towards obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Statistics. Prior to ADAPT he served four years in the Marine Corps as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewman, firing M777 Howitzers, and deployed once. His father served 20 years in the Navy. Being a part of a military family cemented his passion to help families handle the unique stresses of a military life.

In his spare time Stephen enjoys spending time with his puppy, playing hockey, and is a staunch supporter of the Vikings and Wild.

 

Theresa Mensinger, M.S.W., ADAPT for Active Duty Project Coordinator

Theresa is the lead coordinator for ADAPT3 (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools), supporting three active duty installations across the United States. This study will focus on how best to serve active duty service members and their families who face unique challenges related to a consistently high OPSTEMPO.

Theresa has a Masters in Social Work with a focus on Community Practice. She has worked for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Minnesota Air National Guard to establish Inclusion and Diversity programs. Theresa has served 19 years in the Air Force, eight of which were active duty, and has deployed multiple times. She is currently serving in the Minnesota Air National Guard.

 

Jessie Rudi, Ph.D., ADAPT4U Data Manager

Jessie earned her Ph.D. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota in 2015. She volunteered with the ADAPT team when she was a master’s student from 2009-2011, during which time she helped recruit participants and complete in-home assessments with ADAPT families. Currently she is the data manager for ADAPT4U. Her research interests include technology use in the family context and how technology can be used to deliver evidence-based parenting programs. In her spare time, Jessie enjoys cooking, traveling to the east coast to visit family, and spending time with her husband and son.


Molly Willer, Ph.D., L.P., ADAPT4U Intervention Coordinator

Molly received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota with a focus on treatment outcome for eating disorders. She worked for several years in the rehabilitation/polytrauma program at the Minneapolis VAMC before joining the ADAPT team. Molly started her time at ADAPT as a group facilitator and over the last 5 years she has gradually increased her involvement in the project. In her role as intervention coordinator she continues to be a facilitator and to train and supervise other ADAPT4U facilitators.


Aneta Pszczola, ADAPT4U Lead Assessment Technician

Aneta is a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Family Social Science. She has been a member of the ADAPT team since beginning as a student volunteer in January 2013. Since then, Aneta has taken on a full-time position with ADAPT. Half of her time is spent administering in-home interview assessments to ADAPT participant families.

Aneta enjoys working with kids and families, volunteering in the community, and will graduate with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in May 2017.

 

Kate Gliske, ADAPT4U Recruitment and ADAPT Facilitator

Kate is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, where she is studying how to successfully implement effective prevention programs for military families who have gone through a deployment since 2001. Kate helps find ways to reach eligible military families and offeres creative marketing ideas to help support outreach efforts.

Prior to joining the ADAPT team, Kate worked for three years in the Tobacco Research Programs at the U of M on intervention studies designed to help smokers quit smoking, and before that she worked at the Hazelden Center for Youth and Families on a pair of studies designed to learn more about the drug and alcohol recovery process for young adults.

In her spare time, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband, her infant son, and two large dogs.