Robin R. Whitebird, MSW, PhD, LISW portrait

Robin R. Whitebird, MSW, PhD, LISW

Associate Professor
BS, Augsburg College
MSW, University of Minnesota
PhD, University of Minnesota
106 Summit Classroom Building
(651) 962-5867
SCB 201
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55105

I am passionate about learning and the value of education to explore and expand how we understand ourselves and our world. My research interests focus on stress management, chronic disease, complementary therapies to improve wellbeing, and improving health care for all.

Expertise / Research Interests

  • Chronic disease and aging
  • Stress, burnout, mental health
  • Complementary and integrative therapies
  • Health care

Selected Publications & Presentations

Whitebird, R.R., Kreitzer, M.J., Vazquez-Benitez, G., & Enstad, C. (2018). Reducing diabetes distress and improving self-management with mindfulness. Social Work in Health Care, 57(1),48-65. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2017.1388898

Whitebird, R.R., Solberg, L.I., Crain, A.L., Rossom, R.R., Beck, A., Neely, C., Dreskin, M., & Coleman, K.J. (2017). Clinician burnout and satisfaction with resources in caring for complex patients. General Hospital Psychiatry, 44: 91-95. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2016.03.004

Whitebird, R.R., Solberg, L.I., Jaeckels N.A., Pietruszewski, P.B., Hadzic. S., Unutzer, J., Ohnsorg, K.A., Rossom, R.C., Beck, A., Joslyn, K.E., & Rubenstein, L.V. (2014). Effective implementation of collaborative care for depression: What is needed? American Journal of Managed Care, 20(9), 699-706. PMCID: PMC4270471

Whitebird, R.R., Asche, S.E. Thompson, G.L., Heinrich, R., & Rossom, R. (2013). Stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and mental health in hospice workers in Minnesota. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 16(12), 1534-1539. doi:10.1089/jpm.2013.0202

Whitebird, R.R., Solberg, L.I., Margolis, K.L., Asche, S.E., Trangle, M.A., & Wineman, A.P. (2013). Barriers to improving primary care of depression: Perspectives of medical group leaders. Qualitative Health Research, 23(6), 805-814. doi:10.1177/1049732313482399

Whitebird, R.R., Kreitzer, M.J., Crain, A.L., Lewis, B., Hanson, L., & Enstad, C. (2013). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for family caregivers: A randomized controlled pilot study. The Gerontologist, 53(4), 676-86. doi:10.1093/geront/gns126

See curriculum vitae for full listing of publications, presentations, practice experience, and professional engagement

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