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NDSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Science is proud to announce the 2018 Gertrude Weigum Hinsz Lecture....March 22, 2018


Dr. Abigail Gewitz

Lindahl Leadership Professor, Dept. of Family Social Science & Institute of Child Development, & Director, Institute of Translational Research in Children's Mental Health, University of Minnesota, & Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Psychology

Research Talk: "Strengthening families of those who serve: Results of the After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT) Study"

Gertrude Hinsz 2018 Lecture Slides


Deployment to war is a significant stressor not only for service members, but for their spouses/partners and children. Indeed, data from the past decade show that a parent's deployment is a risk factor for emotional and behavioral problems among children of all ages, as well as for spouses and, of course, service members themselves.

Dr. Gewirtz will present data from her program of research on deployment and military families in general, and, in particular, the results of a randomized effectiveness trial of a parenting program - ADAPT - to support post-deployment military families with school aged children. Data will be presented on the program, its impact on parenting, parental mental health, and children's adjustment over time, and challenges and opportunities associated with implementing evidence-based family programs in military settings. This project received the Engagement Effort and the 2010 Outstanding Community Partner-Initiated Engagement Effort awards from the University of Alabama.

Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., is the Lindahl Leadership professor in the Department of Family Social Science and the Institute of Child Development, and also director of the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health, 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 and war, homelessness, intimate partner violence, and maltreatment. 

Gewirtz co-edited the 2016 book, “Parenting and Children’s Resilience in Military Families,” is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Psychology, and a board member for the Society on Prevention Research. Her research has been funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Department of Defense, and other entities.    

Gewirtz earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Columbia University, and BS and MA degrees in psychology at University College London, England, and Tel Aviv University, Israel. She is a licensed psychologist in Minnesota and Connecticut. She has published over 75 scholarly publications, and writes and presents nationally and internationally on trauma, stress, resilience, and prevention science.       

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