Lindahl Leadership Professor, Department of Family Social Science and Institute of Child Development; Director of Graduate Studies, Prevention Science Minor
Abi’s research interests are in trauma, resilience, parenting, and promoting children’s healthy development, with two distinct research foci: (1) the impact of exposure to highly stressful and traumatic events (e.g., homelessness, violence, war) on parenting and child functioning and (2) the development, implementation and evaluation of evidenced-based, family-focused interventions in community settings. Her research team is currently working on two major projects: After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT) and Ambit Network. ADAPT, funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, is a randomized controlled trial of a parenting intervention aimed at strengthening parenting, child, and couple well-being among veterans following their combat deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan (Gewirtz, et al., 2011). Ambit Network, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, aims to increase access to quality care for traumatized children across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Dr. Gewirtz is well published, the recipient of several grant and career awards.