Anne Gearity, PhD, LICSW

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Anne Gearity

Contact Info

geari002@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-825-7200

Mobile Phone 612-839-4069

Fax 612-273-9774

Office Address:
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
F282/2A West-B
8393A (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
F282/2A West-B
8393A (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Natasha Hampton-Anderson

Administrative Email
nhampton@umn.edu

Additional Locations

2904 Humboldt ave S, Minneapolis MN 55408

Fellow, Research Training Program, IPA/University College London

PhD in Clinical Social Work, Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago, IL

Master’s in Social Work, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work, New York, NY

Summary

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.

Expertise

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. In collaboration with Washburn Center for Children, I authored Developmental Repair, a manual for intervention with behaviorally challenged and challenging young children, that is used widely throughout MN. And based on this model, I provide extensive consultation to schools and community agencies. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Professional of the Year, NAMI-MN, 2005
  • Clinical Service Excellence Award, MN Association of Community Mental Health Programs, 2010
  • Friend of School Social Workers Award, Minnesota School Social Workers Association, 2014
  • Outstanding Professional, MN Association for Children's Mental Health, 2015
  • Teacher of the Year, U of MN Department of Child Psychiatry, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.

Professional Associations

  • National Academies of Practice
  • Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work  

Research

Research Funding Grants

Bush Foundation Grant (to Washburn Center for children) 2004-2009; primary investigator for Day Treatment Project

Publications

Developmental Repair: A Treatment Manual (see note); 2009; published as completion of a grant from the Bush Foundation by Washburn Center for Children, and available for downloading at www.washburn.org. Note: since publication: Casey Family Foundations identified Developmental Repair as a “promising model” (2015); and Washburn received the Program Excellence and Innovation Award by the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (2015).

Dr. Gearity has made extensive community presentations on the impact of trauma on children and teens.