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Assistant Professor
Amie Bettencourt

Departmental Affiliations

School of Medicine

Contact Info

550 N. Broadway, Room 907

Research Interests

Child Psychology; Prevention Science; Parenting; Evidence-based Interventions; Aggression and Peer Victimization; Research Methods;
Experiences & Accomplishments
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University
University of California, Los Angeles
My mission is to promote the mental health of children growing up in disadvantaged environments. To that end, my research focuses on advancing our knowledge of the risk and protective factors for and interventions designed to address children’s disruptive behavior problems. In particular, my work focuses on understanding the role of parenting, self-regulation deficits, and aspects of the school environment in the development and maintenance of these problems, and on examining the impacts, scalability, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions designed to target these risk factors in childhood.
Honors & Awards
2008 John P. Hill Award
2008 Deborah Braffman Schroeder Award
2009 Outstanding Child Clinical Track Graduate Student
2012 Nan Tobler Award for Review of the Prevention Science Literature from the Society for Prevention Research
2013 Child Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Fellow (Funded by the NIMH)
2014 Council for Great City Schools Research and Assessment Leadership Award for the Quasi-Experimental Study of the Read to Succeed Program
2015 American Educational Research Association Division H Outstanding Publication Award in Assessment & Accountability
2017 American Educational Research Association Division H Outstanding Publication Award in Applied Research Reports
Select Publications
Most recent publications.
  • Bettencourt, A. F., Gross, D., Ho, G, & Perrin, N. (2017). The Consequences of Not Being Socially and Behaviorally Ready by Kindergarten in Baltimore City. Journal of Urban Health. doi: 10.1007/s11524-017-0214-6
  • Ho, G., Bettencourt, A. F., & Gross, D. (2017). Reporting and Identifying Child Physical Abuse: How Well Are We Doing? Research in Nursing & Health. 40(6), 519-527. doi: 10.1002/nur.21818
  • Bettencourt, A.F., Musci, R., Clemans, K., Carinci, J., & Ialongo, N. (2017). Patterns of Peer- and Teacher-Rated Aggression, Victimization, and Prosocial Behavior in an Urban, Predominantly African American Preadolescent Sample: Associations with Peer Perceived Characteristics. Journal of School Psychology, 65, 83-101. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2017.07.003
  • Ho, G., Gross, D., & Bettencourt, A. F. (2017). Universal Mandatory Reporting Laws May Not Improve the Odds of Identifying Child Physical Abuse. American Journal of Public Health, 107(5), e1-e8. Epub 2017 March 21.
  • Van Eck, K., Johnson, S., Bettencourt, A.F., & Lindstrom Johnson, S. (2017). How School Climate Relates to Chronic Absence: A Multi?Level Latent Class Analysis. Journal of School Psychology, 61, 89-102.