Amber Rieder
Postdoctoral Associate

Amber is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Child and Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry under the mentorship of Dr. Geraldine Dawson and Dr. Eve Puffer. Amber is interested in equitable and accessible approaches to mental health assessment and intervention through community-engaged approaches (e.g. Community-Based Participatory Research, task-shifting/non-specialist coaching, and virtual support).

Amber's primary research interests are focused on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), intimate partner violence, and intergenerational transmission of risk; psychometric assessment development, validation, and cross-cultural contextualization; and the use of technology-assisted mental health assessment and intervention strategies to improve equity and open access to mental health tools, training, and services.

In her role as a postdoc, Amber is working with Dr. Dawson's team on the implementation and evaluation of the SenseToKnow, an app-based screening assessment for early detection of biological risk markers in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Amber is also currently engaged in mixed-method research with both Dr. Puffer and Dr. Franz to evaluate parent-mediated and lay-provider intervention models for the treatment of ASD (Community-Early Start Denver Model; South Africa), to reduce harsh parenting practices (Parents Make the Difference; Liberia), and to improve family problem-solving, communication, and overall wellbeing (Tuka Pamoja; Kenya). Amber is currently co-leading Coping Together, a family strengthening program that aims to co-develop and pilot— in collaboration with child- and family-serving community organizations in the Durham region— a family mental health and wellbeing intervention program that is accessible and can be feasibly implemented in the context of challenging and dynamic COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

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