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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

  • Mental health with a focus on stress and depression
  • Chronic disease and aging including caregiving, hospice and end-of-life care
  • Use of complementary and integrative therapies for managing stress and chronic conditions
  • Health care including patient-oriented outcomes, organizational change, and medical social work
  • Mixed methods and qualitative research

Dr. Robin Whitebird is a teacher and researcher with expertise in mixed methods, clinical trials and qualitative research. She has received 10 grant awards as Principal Investigator, including the studies: Stress Reduction for Caregivers: A Randomized Controlled Study (R21AT003654), and Managing Diabetes Mindfully (K23AT003919) a mixed method study of mindfulness-based stress reduction for improving management of diabetes in adults, a component of her Mentored Research Scientist Award (K23AT003919) from NIH/ NCCIH. She has collaborated on 22 studies as a co-investigator and currently consults as a researcher on studies focused on patient reported outcomes and organizational change. She teaches doctoral courses on research, scholarship, grant writing and Banded Dissertation.

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., 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

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

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

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