Abigail Gewirtz

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Abigail Gewirtz

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-1475

Fax 612-625-4227

Office Address:
290 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University (1997)

MA, Psychology, Tel Aviv University, Israel (1991)

BS, Psychology, University College London, England (1986)

Licensed Psychologist, State of Minnesota, #LP4278

Licensed Psychologist, State of Connecticut, #002202


Dr. Abigail Gewirtz is the John and Nancy Lindahl Leadership Professor in the Department of Family Social Science and the Institute of Child Development, and 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.

Over more than a decade, Dr. Gewirtz’s research has been funded by the US National Institutes of Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Department of Defense. Dr. Gewirtz is Principal Investigator on two randomized controlled trials to develop and test a web-enhanced parenting program for military families with parents returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has published and presented widely on parenting, trauma, and child adjustment, extending parent training models for populations affected by traumatic stress, and the role of community sectors of care as portals for family-based prevention.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2015 Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families Award Finalist, Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University (MFRI)
  • 2013 Finalist/Alternate, Fulbright Faculty Scholar Award
  • 2012 Faculty Summer Research Award, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
  • 2011 Professional of the Year Award, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Minnesota Chapter
  • 2009 Rising Star Award, Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle, University of Minnesota
  • 2008 New Career Excellence Award, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
  • 2000 Fellowship, American Psychoanalytic Association


  • English
  • Hebrew


Research Summary/Interests

  • Prevention and Intervention Research
  • Trauma
  • Resilience
  • Parenting
  • Childrens Resilience

Research Funding Grants

Principal Investigator
Department of Defense
Comparing web, group, and telehealth formats of a military parenting program. Award # W81XWH1410143, 2014-2019.
Funding: $3,051,000

Principal Investigator
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Midwest Continuum of Care for Child Trauma. 2012-2016
Direct costs: $1,600,000