Anne Gearity

Assistant Professor


I earned my PhD in Clinical Social Work from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, IL, then spent three years as a faculty member for the. Research from my dissertation was foundational for Developmental Repair , an intervention manual for behaviorally challenged and challenging children, in collaboration with WAshburn Center for Children in Minneapolis. This manual is now used extensively throughout the state. Prior to this, I taught for 25 years in the U of MN school of social work. I completed a Master's in Social Work from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work of New York, NY,and have had an independent mental health practice that serves children, adolescents and adults since 1987.My initial role in Psychiatry teaching normal child development to child and adolescent psychiatry fellows. In 2017, I started the family consult clinic working with fellows to help families navigate potentially confusing diagnoses, treatment plans and related family needs. I have taught in the U's School for Social Work for more than 20 years and authored the book, Developmental Repair , a manual for intervention with behaviorally challenged and challenging young children that is used throughout Minnesota. I provide mental health therapy in the community, as well as consulting to agencies and schools about the developmental needs of children and adolescents. I am now working with the Fairview inpatient behavioral health units to improve care and provide staff training and support, and have also been on the faculty of the U's Infant and Early Child Mental Health Certificate program in the Institute for Child Development.My teaching and research expertise is in early development, attachment, and impact of trauma, especially trauma that occurred when children are preverbal, or when impact of intergenerational traumas persist within family dynamics. I also have over four decades of psychotherapy practice.I have been awarded "Teacher of the Year" from the Department of Child Psychiatry in 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.




105 Peters Hall

St. Paul, MN 55108