Barbara A. Gawinski, Ph.D.

Barbara A. Gawinski, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Highland Family Medicine
777 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620-1448

Office: (585) 279-4821
Fax: (585) 442-8319

Research Bio

Barbara completed her PhD in Marriage Family Therapy at Texas Tech University and joined our faculty in l987. As Associate Director of Behavioral Health Services, she administers, supervises, and provides behavioral health services to patients of the Family Medicine Center. She consults with residents and faculty on their patients' psychosocial issues.

As Director of Psychosocial Curriculum, she organizes the longitudinal psychosocial core curriculum, teaches in the 16 week Psychosocial Medicine Rotation and serves as advisor of Balint Group. With her colleagues, Dave Seaburn, Alan Lorenz, Bill Gunn, and Larry Mauksch, she published Models of Collaboration: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals Working with Health Care Practitioners (1996).

In her role as Associate Director of Global Heath, she travels to San Jose, Intibuca, Honduras with teams of residents and medical students improving the health and living standard of community members there. She serves as liaison with the First Unitarian Church of Rochester who has financially supported many projects in the San Jose communities including water access and improvement and school age education.

When not working, Barbara enjoys a busy family life with her husband and two teenagers enjoying travels to Latin America, supporting children's sporting events, knitting as fund raising and scooting around town.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Faculty Teacher of the Year voted by graduating Family Medicine residents 1991

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 24 available »

2012 Oct
Sukhera J, Cerulli C, Gawinski BA, Morse D. "Bridging Prevention and Health: Exploring Community Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence in Rural Honduras." Journal of family violence. 2012 Oct; 27(7):707-714.
Greenberg M, Herbitter C, Gawinski BA, Fletcher J, Gold M. "Barriers and enablers to becoming abortion providers: the reproductive health program." Family medicine. 2012 44(7):493-500.
Gawinski, B.; Rosenberg, T. "Becoming a medical family therapist: Tips for Getting Started." Family therapy Magazine. 2011; .
Rosenberg, T.; Brown, E.; Gawinski, BA. "Multidisciplinary Intervention for Failure to Thrive-Casebook". Family Systems and Health. 2008; 25(4): 365-371.
2006 Nov 1
Lurie SJ, Gawinski B, Pierce D, Rousseau SJ. "Seasonal affective disorder." American family physician. 2006 Nov 1; 74(9):1521-4.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Family Medicine (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Psychiatry, Family/Marriage (SMD)


PhD | Marriage and Family Therapy | Texas Technological Univ1987
MEd | Counselor Education | University of North Texas1979
BS | Psychology | Longwood College1978

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at University of Rochester Medical Center09/01/1987 - 06/30/1991