Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Columbia University
M.A., Vocational Counseling Psychology, Tel Aviv University
B.S., Psychology, University College London
Areas of Interest
Prevention and Intervention Research
I am accepting new advisees for fall 2020 in the M.A., Ph.D. and M.A./Ph.D. programs.
Mom Enough: Teaching children civility in an uncivil world
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 services 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.
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
Honors & Awards
2018 - Society for Prevention Research Translational Science Award
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
Select Publications and Presentations
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Chesmore, A.*, He, Y., Zhang, N.*, Gewirtz, A.H. (in press). Parent discrepancies in ratings of child behaviors following wartime deployment. Journal of Traumatic Stress. DOI: 10.1002/jts.22257
Gewirtz, A.H., Lee, S.S., August, G.J., & He, Y. (2018). Does giving parents their choice of interventions for child behavior problems improve child outcomes? Advance online publication. Prevention Science. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-018-0865-x
Gewirtz, A.H., DeGarmo, D., & Zamir, O. (2017a). One-year outcomes of a parenting program for military families: After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools/ADAPT. Advance online publication. Prevention Science. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-017-0839-4
Gewirtz, A.H., DeGarmo, D., & Zamir, O.* (2017b). Testing a military family stress model. Family Process. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12282
Gewirtz, A.H., & Youssef, A.* (2017). Introduction to the Special Section: Advances in psychological prevention and treatment interventions to promote children’s mental health. International Journal of Psychology, 52, 82-86. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12417
Donisch, K.*, Bray, C., & Gewirtz, A.H. (2016). Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, and Education Providers’ Conceptualizations of Trauma-Informed Practice. Child Maltreatment, 21, 125-34. DOI: 10.1177/1077559516633304
Doty, J.L.*, Rudi, J. H.*, Pinna, K.L.*, Hanson, S.K., & Gewirtz, A.H. (2016). If You Build It, Will They Come? Patterns of Internet-Based and Face-To-Face Participation in a Parenting Program for Military Families. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18, e169. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.4445
Gewirtz, A.H., DeGarmo, D.S., & Zamir, O.* (2016). Effects of a military parenting program on parental distress and suicidal ideation: After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 46 (Suppl. 1), S23-31. DOI: 10.1111/sltb.12255
Snyder, J., Gewirtz, A.H., Schrepferman, L.P.*, Gird, S.R., Quattlebaum, J., Pauldine, M.R., Elish, K., Zamir, O.*, Hayes, C. (2016). Parent-child relationship quality and family transmission of parent posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and child externalizing and internalizing symptoms following fathers’ exposure to combat-related trauma. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 947-969. DOI: 10.1017/S095457941600064X
Tangir, G., Dekel, R., Lavi, T., Gewirtz, A.H., & Zamir, O*. (2016). The Contribution of Maternal Care and Control, and Community Type to Children’s Adjustment to Political Violence. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy. DOI: 10.1037/tra0000209