Amanda M. Dettmer, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

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Child Study Center


Amanda M. Dettmer, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center. She is developing an integrated child health communications strategy between the Child Study Center and the Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Dettmer also maintains an active research program examining the impact of early life factors and individual differences on health across the lifespan. For this research, she relies primarily on nonhuman primates as translational models for human child developmentA second line of research examines how the classroom environment impacts long-term stress and social and academic outcomes in children. For more on her research, refer to Dr. Dettmer's complete Google Scholar profile.

Dr. Dettmer was the 2017-18 American Psychological Association (APA) Executive Branch Science Fellow, during which she worked at the National Center for Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences, the independent research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Dettmer also served as the Chair of the Governing Council of Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School in Frederick, MD from 2016-18. In this position, she oversaw the governance of the school and maintained strong relationships with and regular reporting to the local county board of educationConsequently, Dr. Dettmer maintains an active interest in education research. She serves as the APA Division 6 representative (Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology) to the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education.

Before her fellowship, Dr. Dettmer worked as a senior postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at NIH. There she led several research programs aimed at identifying the causes and consequences of long-term stress in nonhuman primate models of child developmentDr. Dettmer currently serves on the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Committee on Animals in Research, and is an editor for Speaking of Research.She served as Executive Secretary of the American Society of Primatologists from 2016-18.  

Dr. Dettmer earned her BS in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her MS (2007) and PhD (2009) in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Education & Training

PhD University of Massachusetts Amherst, Neuroscience & Behavior (2009)
MS University of Massachusetts Amherst, Neuroscience & Behavior (2007)
BS University of Washington, Zoology (2001)
APA Executive Branch Science Fellow Institute of Education Sciences
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow National Institutes of Health
Postdoctoral Scholar University of Pittsburgh

Honors & Recognition

  • Child Study Center Junior Faculty Development Research Award ($15,000)Yale Child Study Center (2019)

  • Executive Branch Science FellowshipAmerican Psychological Association (2017)

  • Finalist, NICHD Fellows Mentor of the Year AwardNICHD (2016)

  • Early Career Policy AmbassadorSociety for Neuroscience (2016)

  • Legacy Award ($10,000 Interdisciplinary Research Grant)American Society of Primatologists (2015)

Professional Service

  • Society for Behavioral Neuroscience & Comparative Psychology (2017 - 2018) Program Co-Chair for Annual APA Convention

  • Society for Neuroscience (2016 - Present) Committee on Animals in Research

  • American Society of Primatologists (2016 - 2018) Executive Secretary

  • American Psychological Association Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE) (2016 - Present) APA Division 6 (SBNCP) Representative

  • Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School (2016 - 2017) Chair, Governing Council

  • Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School (2015) Chair, Education Committee

  • American Society of Primatologists (2012 - 2016) Chair, Education Committee

  • Be a 6th Grade Mentor Program (2009 - 2010) Pittsburgh, PA Public Schools

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Amanda M. Dettmer, PhD
Mailing Address
Child Study CenterNieson Irving Harris Building
230 S. Frontage Road

New Haven, CT 06519

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