About

Dr. Grabbe is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has provided primary and mental health care to homeless populations in Atlanta for 20 years. She is a Certified Community Resilience Model (CRM) trainer and is blending this cutting-edge resiliency model with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills training for homeless youth. Dr. Grabbe is interested in the neurobiology of trauma and resilience, body-based approaches for trauma, innovative interventions for resiliency, and nurse wellness and well-being. She has been a Peace Corps Medical Officer in Kazahkstan and U.S. Embassy Nurse Practitioner in Cote d’Ivoire.

Select Awards and Recognitions:

Selected Awards and Honors In 2017, Dr. Grabbe received the Excellence in Nursing Award from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Alumni Association. She has received Emory University's Faculty Unsung Heroine Award and the School of Nursing Faculty Excellence Award for Social Responsibility.

Areas of Expertise

Trauma

Trauma-informed care

Resiliency and mindfulness training

Publications

Grabbe, L., & Miller-Karas, E. (2018). The Trauma Resiliency Model: A "Bottom-Up" Intervention for Trauma Psychotherapy. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 24(1), 76-84. doi: 10.1177/1078390317745133

Grabbe, L., Ball, J. and Hall, J. M. (2016), Girlhood Betrayals of Women Childhood Trauma Survivors in Treatment for Addiction. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 48(3): 232-243. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12202

Grabbe, L. (2015). Attachment-Informed Care in a Primary Care Setting. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 11(3), 321–327. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2014.12.014

Grabbe, L, Ball, J., & Goldstein, A. (2013). Gardening for the Mental Well-being of Homeless Women. The Journal of Holistic Nursing, 31(4), 258-266. DOI: 10.1177/0898010113488244

Grabbe, L, Nguy, S.T., & Higgins, M.K. (2012). Spirituality development for homeless youth: a mindfulness meditation feasibility pilot. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21(6), 925-937. DOI 10.1007/s10826-011-9552-2

Grabbe, L. (2000). Understanding patients from the Former Soviet Union. Family Medicine 32(3):201-6.

Teaching

A Clinical Assistant Professor at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Dr. Grabbe teaches undergraduate psychiatric clinical education and trauma-informed care. Dr. Grabbe also mentors students and facilitates practice opportunities in the School's Nursing Workforce Diversity grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The “Building Nursing's Diverse Leadership at Emory" (BUNDLE) program focuses on racial and ethnic minorities, men, and first-generation college students, who are underrepresented among registered nurses and who are being supported to become leaders in public health.

Research

Current research includes:
• the impact of the Community Resilience Model training on the wellbeing and emotional state of women in substance abuse treatment
• the impact of Community Resilience Model on well-being, resiliency, burn-out, and secondary traumatic stress in nurses, 1st responders, emergency department staff, and nursing students.
Past research has focused on mindfulness training for homeless youth and narratives of women trauma survivors in treatment of addiction.

Awards