Amber Rieder
Postdoctoral Associate

Amber Rieder is a recent graduate of McMaster University's Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program, in Ontario Canada (2019). Amber is currently a Global Mental Health Postdoctoral Associate at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, under the mentorship of Dr. Eve Puffer, Dr. Lauren Franz, and Dr. Geraldine Dawson. Amber is interested in accessible approaches to mental health assessment and intervention across diverse settings. 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 DHGI-funded initiative that aims to co-develop— 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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