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Robin Whitebird


  • Education
  • PhD, University of Minnesota

    MSW. University of Minnesota

    BS, Augsburg College

  • Expertise
  • Chronic disease and aging

    Stress, burnout, mental health

    Complementary and integrative therapies

    Organizational improvements in health care

    Patient Reported Outcomes

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

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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.

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