Robin R. Whitebird, MSW, PhD, LISW portrait

Robin R. Whitebird, MSW, PhD, LISW

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

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2020.02.016

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 CV for full listing of publications, presentations, practice experience and professional engagement


J-Term 2021 Courses

J-Term 2021 Courses
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Spring 2021 Courses

Spring 2021 Courses
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DRSW 729 - 01 Research and Scholarship II - - - - - - - -

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26497 (View in ClassFinder)

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Robin R. Whitebird

This course introduces students to qualitative research methods in social work. Students will learn to gain insight and explore phenomena in their natural settings, interpreting the meaning people attribute to them. Students will learn about the methodological, cultural, ethical and political issues that underlie qualitative research. Students will learn about the unique role of qualitative research for knowledge development, including epistemology, theory, conceptual frameworks, and designs. Students will learn approaches for generating, interpreting and reporting qualitative data, including strategies for addressing rigor in the analysis of data. Students will learn about reflexivity in the research process and how their culture and place in society affect research methods and the interpretation of data. This course will provide students with a working knowledge of how to use qualitative approaches and methods to understand the perceptions, behaviors, processes and problems that are the focus of social work practice and education. This course provides the necessary knowledge needed to work on a research-based article that is a requirement for the banded dissertation. Prerequisite: DRSW 728.

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DRSW 800 - 02 Banded Dissertation - - - - - - - -

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This course provides doctoral candidates with the framework, final considerations and instructions for the completion of the written DSW Banded Dissertation. Candidates for graduation will have completed three scholarship products which are subject to the peer review process and are linked by issue, theory, theme, pedagogy, or population. The practical aspects of conceptual framing and writing of the dissertation will be addressed. A peer review process will be completed during the course and the students will began initial consideration of the defense process for their completed dissertation.

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DRSW 801 - 02 Banded Dissertation II Defense - - - - - - - -

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Robin R. Whitebird

This course is a continuation of Banded Dissertation I. In this course students will prepare for and complete their Banded Dissertation (BD) defense. A public defense is a peer-review process. The purpose of a defense is for the student to explain, describe, and critically analyze and defend their choices for their BD products. Students will discuss and defend their overall topic, scholarly agenda, the conceptual model for their BD, research method, ideas, and relationship to social work education and/or practice. Students will have the opportunity to publicly present their scholarly work and emerging scholar-identity amongst the faculty, colleagues, and the community at large and engage in public discourse. In this course, students will finalize their BD products and be well prepared for a public defense. Students will experience a public peer-review process, be challenged as they respond to criticism, demonstrate the ability to critically analyze questions and respond to questions, and expect revisions as part of this academic exercise. Prerequisite: DRSW 800.

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Summer 2021 Courses

Summer 2021 Courses
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