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Robin R. Whitebird, MSW, PhD, LISW

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 life-long learning to explore and expand how we understand ourselves and our world. I enjoy helping students develop into strong critical thinkers who engage in scholarship and research across their careers. My interests focus broadly on exploring how we can support health, wellness and healing and improve health care for all.

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Expertise / Research Interests

  • Chronic disease and aging
  • Stress, burnout, mental health
  • Complementary and integrative therapies
  • Organizational improvements in health care
  • Patient Reported Outcomes

Dr. Robin Whitebird is a professor and researcher with expertise in mixed methods, qualitative research, and clinical trials. She has received 10 grant awards as Principal Investigator, including the studies: Stress Reduction for Caregivers: A Randomized Controlled Study (R21AT003654), Managing Diabetes Mindfully (K23AT003919), and a Mentored Research Scientist Award - Use of Complementary & Alternative Medicine in Patient Management of Diabetes (K23AT003919) from NIH/ NCCIH. She has collaborated on 22 studies as a co-investigator and currently consults as a researcher on studies focusing on patient reported outcomes and strategies for organizational change. She teaches doctoral courses on research, scholarship, grant writing, and Banded Dissertation.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Whitebird, R.R., Solberg, L.I., Bergdall, A., Lopes-Solano, N., Smith-Bindman, R. (in press). Optimizing CT imaging in health care: The challenge of organizational change. Academic Radiology. Advance Online publication.

Whitebird, R.R., Solberg, L.I., Norton, C.K, Ziegenfuss, J.Y., Asche, S.E., Grossman, E.S. (2020). What outcomes matter to patients after joint or spine surgery? Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews. 7(2), 158-64. https://doi 10.17294/2330-0698.1738

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), 699-707.

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

Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
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Robin R. Whitebird

Developing effective grant writing skills is essential to acquiring competitive funding from internal institutional resources, government agencies or private foundations for research or program evaluation/ development. The ability to write grants is a highly marketable skill that is a blend of both science and art. It requires content knowledge, writing proficiency, strong research skills, creativity, organizational ability and patience. The purpose of this course is to address the essential knowledge and skills of grant writing and provide the experience of writing a grant application from the development of an idea through the submission process for either an academic research proposal or a community-based collaboration. Students will learn and demonstrate the basics of grant writing including identifying and analyzing potential funding sources, creating project goals/ study aims, choosing study designs and evaluation plans, addressing budgets and timelines, and responding to grant reviews.

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