Faculty

Robin Gurwitch

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry, Child & Family Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience
School of Medicine

Dr. Robin Gurwitch, a faculty member in the Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Child and Family Health, is a recognized expert in understanding and supporting children in the aftermath of trauma and disasters. She received her doctorate in Clinical/Medical Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, completed her internship in Pediatric Psychology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.


Since the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Dr. Gurwitch has focused much of her clinical work, training and research on improving the outcomes and increasing resilience in children who have experienced trauma or crisis events, including terrorism, natural disasters and stressors related to military deployment. She has served on state and national committees and task forces including the National Commission on Children and Disasters Subcommittee on Human Services Recovery and served as a subject-matter expert in the area of at-risk populations for the Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee of the National Bio-Defense Science Board for the Pediatric Preparedness and Response in Public Health Emergencies and Disasters for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (DHHS/ASPR). She is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Disaster Response Network and provides expertise on children and disasters/terrorism for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She was recently appointed to the HHS National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters.


A prolific writer and educator, Dr. Gurwitch has co-authored book chapters, scientific journal articles and public education materials on the topics of trauma, resilience, psychological first aid, terrorism, disasters and preparedness. She authored a trauma treatment manual for use following disasters for children and adolescents. Dr. Gurwitch regularly presents on topics related to her specialty area at regional, national and international conferences. An active volunteer of the American Red Cross, she worked with the American Red Cross to develop materials related to terrorism and disaster for use in disaster mental health training courses and for use in schools.


A caring clinician, Dr. Gurwitch has been involved in direct care following national and international disasters.  She has been an active member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network since it began in 2001.  


Education & Training

Ph.D. 1988

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Grants

Major League Baseball's Welcome Back Veterans

McCormick Foundation

Learning Collaboratives on Family-Focused Trauma Interventions

University of Oklahoma

Publications

Parent-child interaction therapy

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Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE): An evidence-informed program for children with a history of trauma and other behavioral challenges.

PMID 26613674
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Factors Affecting the Completion of Trauma-Focused Treatments: What Can Make a Difference?

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A combined motivation and parent-child interaction therapy package reduces child welfare recidivism in a randomized dismantling field trial.

PMID 21171738
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Schools in the shadow of terrorism: Psychosocial adjustment and interest in interventions following terror attacks

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A motivational intervention can improve retention in PCIT for low-motivation child welfare clients.

PMID 19258303
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Addressing Disaster Mental Health Needs of Children: Practical Guidance for Pediatric Emergency Health Care Providers

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Effect of parents' deployment on young children: findings that are long overdue.

PMID 18981360
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Trauma, grief and depression in Nairobi children after the 1998 bombing of the American Embassy.

PMID 16773776
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Neurodevelopmental delays in children with deformational plagiocephaly.

PMID 16404269
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Training foster parents in parent-child interaction therapy

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Teachers in the aftermath of terrorism: a case study of one New York City school.

PMID 15596972
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Teachers' psychological reactions 7 weeks after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

PMID 15291703
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When disaster strikes: responding to the needs of children.

PMID 15453156
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Psychological issues associated with terrorism: a guide for physicians.

PMID 14699655
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Children's response to terrorism: A critical review of the literature

PMID 12685988
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Case finding and mental health services for children in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing.

PMID 12710374
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Posttraumatic stress and functional impairment in Kenyan children following the 1998 American Embassy bombing.

PMID 12769235
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Exposure and peritraumatic response as predictors of posttraumatic stress in children following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

PMID 12200504
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Reactions and Guidelines for Children Following Trauma/Disaster

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The impact of terrorism on children: Considerations for a new era

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Neurodevelopment in children with single-suture craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly without synostosis.

PMID 11711916
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Neurodevelopment in children with single-suture craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly without synostosis

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Television exposure in children after a terrorist incident.

PMID 11708044
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Posttraumatic stress among young children after the death of a friend or acquaintance in a terrorist bombing.

PMID 10686250
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Posttraumatic stress responses in bereaved children after the Oklahoma City bombing.

PMID 10560223
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Clinical needs assessment of middle and high school students following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

PMID 10401454
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The role of exposure in posttraumatic stress in youths following the 1995 bombing.

PMID 10213967
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The impact of trauma and disaster on young children.

PMID 9894077
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Authors' Response to Lutzker's Evaluation

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Assessment of a new procedure to prevent timeout escape in preschoolers: Authors' response to Lutzker's Rejoinder

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Assessment of a New Procedure to Prevent Timeout Escape in Preschoolers

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Impact of a summer camp experience on daily activity and family interactions among children with cancer

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Behavioral assessment of narcotic detoxification fear.

PMID 3369324
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Impact of a summer camp experience on daily activity and family interactions among children with cancer.

PMID 3430285
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Assessing pathological detoxification fear among methadone maintenance patients: the DFSS.

PMID 3667947
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Dimensions of interpersonal events: Reward value and information value

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Prevalence and diagnostic reliability of methadone maintenance detoxification fear

PMID 3717396
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Assessing perceptions of dental health behavior.

PMID 3486084
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Family influences on hopelessness among children early in the cancer experience.

PMID 4093835
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