Amy is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studies Community and Prevention Research under the mentorship of Roger Weissberg. She has worked with CASEL and the SEL Research Group since 2009 and is now beginning her second year as a predoctoral fellow in SEL. Her work focuses on understanding how programs and practices that support SEL can be embedded in the work of educators and the organizational context of schools and districts.
Before coming to UIC, Amy worked as a third grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools through a partnership with Teach for America. She has also worked as a youth counselor in a community-based setting, providing individual and family therapy for adolescents and facilitating school-based violence prevention groups.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska and a Masters of Education in Human Development Counseling from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.