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Robin Gearing


Associate Professor

Room: 301 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-0318

Current Curriculum Vitae

Personal Statement

Dr. Gearing’s research focuses on improving the mental health outcomes of adolescents with serious mental illnesses, and their families. His research is driven by an interest in informing and improving adolescent engagement and adherence to empirically-supported psychosocial and medication treatment, and developing evidence-based interventions. This interest is the result of more than 20 years of clinical work with youth, of having firsthand professional knowledge of the needs and gaps in the field, and of seeing uneven efforts to manage the devastating functional, emotional, and fiscal costs of serious mental health conditions. His research nationally and internationally concentrates on treatment engagement and adherence in relation to adolescent mental health treatment, service delivery, and service utilization. Specifically, Dr. Gearing has conducted a series of studies examining and operationalizing the multidimensional components of adherence; identifying the barriers, promoters, and temporal patterns of adherence; and investigating the development, adaptation, and promotion of treatment adherence strategies and interventions. Based on these research findings, he has recently developed an innovative technologically-based intervention, entitled Tech Connect, designed to increase adherence of adolescents with serious mental illnesses who are at high-risk of treatment dropout. Dr. Gearing’s research continues to focus on developing and testing interventions and improving treatment engagement and adherence for these youth and their families in community-based settings.


PhD, University of Toronto, 2006
MSW, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1997
BA, University of Toronto, 1991

Licenses & Certifications

2009 – present Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#886568055), State of New York,
2009 – present Member, National Association of Social Workers
2000 – present Licensed/Registered Clinical Social Worker (#320645), Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Registration
1997 – present Member, Ontario Association of Social Workers

Courses Taught

  • SOCW 7324 - Clinical Applications of the DSM
  • SOCW 7318 - Transtheoretical Clinical Practice: Cognitive Behavioral Interventions
  • SOCW 7360 - International Social Work: A Comparative Approach

Research Interests

Improving outcomes for adolescents and emerging adults with serious mental illnesses and their families, client engagement and adherence to evidence-based psychosocial and pharmacological treatments, patterns of service delivery, service utilization, and treatment adherence, strategies for addressing barriers and enhancing promoters to mental health treatment and services, and interventions to maintain clients in treatment and improve outcomes and recovery.