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 completed her second graduate degree May 2016 in Family Social Science with an emphasis on military families.
In her spare time Amy enjoys spending time outside with her two kids, cooking new recipes and traveling with her family in their RV.
Bernice Jordan, MPH, Adapt for Active Duty | Fort Campbell Site Coordinator
Bernice had worked several years in Military Research as a contractor for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, and the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, all for the Department of Neurology, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury at Fort Bragg, NC. She also branched out to Women’s Clinical Research and set up a site for pharmaceutical studies. Bernice has her BS in Social Sciences and MPH Social and Behavioral Studies.
Bernice served in the United States Army for 15 years as an Engineer. Although that was her primary job, her additional duties were Equal Opportunity, Sexual Assault Prevention, Small Group Facilitation, Unit Prevention Leader with the Army Substance Abuse Program, Senior Instructor Writer, and Senior Drill Sergeant. Although, she is a Combat Veteran, her husband continues his career in the United States Army.
Cheryle Dangell, Adapt for Active Duty | Fort Bragg Site Coordinator
Cheryl’s background is in pediatric clinical research – working with Scott and White Hospital, Texas A&M School of Medicine and the National Institutes for Health. She has a Bachelors in Science Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in sociology. As a Fort Bragg contractor who supports the Army Community Service and the Family Advocacy Program, she has worked with active duty service members and their families for seven years as a Child Advocate Instructor and a New Parent Support Program Family Specialist.
In 2008, Cheryle received the Jefferson Award for Public Service, with an address from George H. Bush, for volunteering her time teaching self-defense to women and children. She is also a yoga instructor who volunteers within the Army Volunteer Corps.
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.
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.
Molly Willer, Ph.D., L.P., ADAPT4U | Clinical Director
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.