Amanda is a DPhil student in Social Intervention and an International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development and Jacobs Foundation Fellow. She holds a MA in International Development from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a summa cum laude BA in Psychology and Romance Languages from New York University. Amanda previously worked as a Research and Evaluation Coordinator at the International Rescue Committee, where she conducted research on the causes and effects of violence against women and children, and the effectiveness of parenting and mental health interventions in humanitarian settings. She has ten years of experience in research and programme implementation and evaluation in conflict-affected countries, including Uganda, Afghanistan, Liberia, Ethiopia and the Thai-Burmese border.
Amanda’s research is on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions to reduce violence and promote mental health and resilience among children affected by war. She is particularly interested in the feasibility and effectiveness of parenting and family interventions in conflict and displacement settings, and seeks to understand if and how parenting quality can mediate the impact of trauma and adversity on child functioning.