Amanda M. Dettmer, PhD
Research & Publications
Amanda M. Dettmer, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center, where she leads the Human and Animal Integrated Research (HAIR) Lab. She is a comparative psychologist and behavioral neuroscientist with over 20 years of experience studying nonhuman primate models of child health and development.
Dr. Dettmer's research program examines the impact of early life factors and individual differences on health across the lifespan. For this research, she takes a comparative approach: she relies on nonhuman primates as translational models for human child development, employing multidisciplinary approaches including ethology, neuroendocrinology, immunology, and epigenetics. This line of Dr. Dettmer's research is currently funded by the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) at Yale School of Medicine, and has been recently funded by the Animal Models for the Social Dimensions of Health & Aging Research Network (NIH/NIA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Yale Child Study Center Junior Faculty Development Fund. For more on this research, refer to Dr. Dettmer's complete Google Scholar profile.
Dr. Dettmer also works with human populations. She recently served as a member of the Hartford City Council Universal Basic Income (UBI) Task Force, which is developing a pilot UBI program set to begin in early 2023. She is also Co-PI of a research study funded by the Prepared Adult Initiative examining chronic stress across the school year in children in grades 1-8 as a function of school/educational setting.
Dr. Dettmer is the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Developmental Psychobiology and is the President of Division 6 of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology, for 2022-23. She serves as the APA Division 6 representative to the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education. Dr. Dettmer was the 2017-18 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 education. Consequently, Dr. Dettmer maintains an active interest in education research, with a focus on the educational environment and educational experience as an an understudied early life experience.
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 development. Dr. Dettmer previously served on the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Committee on Animals in Research and 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
- APA Executive Branch Science FellowInstitute of Education Sciences (2018)
- Senior Postdoctoral FellowNational Institutes of Health (2017)
- Postdoctoral ScholarUniversity of Pittsburgh (2012)
- PhDUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst, Neuroscience & Behavior (2009)
- MSUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst, Neuroscience & Behavior (2007)
- BSUniversity of Washington, Zoology (2001)
Honors & Recognition
|Pilot Award||Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center||2022|
|Yale Child Study Center Junior Faculty Development Research Award ($13,400)||Yale Child Study Center||2021|
|Yale Child Study Center Junior Faculty Development Career Training Award ($4,971)||Yale Child Study Center||2020|
|Yale Child Study Center Junior Faculty Development Research Award ($14,820)||Yale Child Study Center||2019, 2021|
|Executive Branch Science Fellowship||American Psychological Association||2017|
|Finalist, NICHD Fellows Mentor of the Year Award||NICHD||2016|
|Early Career Policy Ambassador||Society for Neuroscience||2016|
|Legacy Award ($10,000 Interdisciplinary Research Grant)||American Society of Primatologists||2015|
|Editor-in-Chief, Developmental Psychobiology||Editor||2022 - Present|
|Hartford City Council UBI Task Force, Hartford City Council||Hartford City Council UBI Task Force||2021|
|Society for Behavioral Neuroscience & Comparative Psychology||President-elect||2021 - 2022|
|American Psychological Association||Advocacy Coordinating Committee (ACC)||2021 - Present|
|Yale Child Study Center Cross Cohort Examination of Child Maltreatment and Adult Health Outcomes||Co-Organizer||2021 - Present|
|Yale Child Study Center||Equity & Inclusion Committee||2020 - 2021|
|Yale Child Study Center||Networking & Outreach Committee||2018 - 2022|
|Yale Child Study Center||Associates Planning Committee||2018 - Present|
|Society for Behavioral Neuroscience & Comparative Psychology||Chairperson||2018 - Present|
|American Society of Primatologists||Host||2017 - Present|
|Society for Neuroscience||Committee on Animals in Research||2016 - 2019|
|American Psychological Association Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE)||APA Division 6 (SBNCP) Representative||2016 - Present|
|American Society of Primatologists||Executive Secretary, 2016-2018||2016 - 2018|
|Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School||Chair, Governing Council||2016 - 2017|
|Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School||Chair, Education Committee||2015|
|International Society for Developmental Psychobiology||Media Committee||2014 - 2016|
|Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, NICHD (NIH)||Member||2014 - 2016|
|Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF)||Judge||2012 - Present|
|Be a 6th Grade Mentor Program||Pittsburgh, PA Public Schools||2009 - 2010|
|Peer Reviewer||Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, American Journal of Human Biology, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, American Journal of Primatology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition, Annals of Epidemiology, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Behavioral Ecology, BMC Pediatrics, Brain Behavior and Immunity, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Child Development, Current Zoology, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychobiology, Experimental Results, Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers in Psychiatry, Infant Behavior and Development, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (JAALAS), Journal of Comparative Psychology Microbiome, Physiology & Behavior, PLoS One, Psychological Bulletin, Psychoneuroendocrinology||2009 - Present|
|American Society of Primatologists||Chair, Education Committee, 2012-2016 Member, Education Committee, 2009-2012 Member, Program Committee, 2007-2010||2007 - 2018|
|American Society of Primatologists||Abstract Grader||2007 - 2010|