Amber is a global mental health researcher interested in the use of evidence-based task-sharing approaches for mental health assessment and intervention for children and adolescents in low-resource settings. Her primary goal is to improve equitable access to mental health services in low- and middle-income countries. Amber is particularly interested in engaging in sustainable and equitable research partnerships across research institutions in the global South and North, with a focus on combination emic-etic approaches to innovative assessment and treatment solutions.
Amber recently completed her doctoral studies in the Graduate Neuroscience Program at McMaster University, Canada For Amber’s doctoral work, she developed and validated a comprehensive technology-assisted structured interview (IMPACT) for the assessment of childhood DSM-5 disorders that was administered by lay providers in rural Kenya. Amber’s doctoral work additionally examined the intergenerationally transmitted mental health risks associated with maternal adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Amber has a particular interest in technology-assisted assessment and intervention strategies that can be utilized in low and middle-income countries.
As a postdoctoral associate at the Duke Global Health Institute, Amber is engaged in mixed-method research exploring family and parenting prevention and intervention programs in Kenya and Liberia, and an mHealth assessment of behavioural risk markers in Autism Spectrum Disorders in Uganda, Tanzania, and South Africa.
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