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Amanda Lowell, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Amanda Lowell, PhD
Amanda Lowell
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Dr. Amanda Lowell is a licensed clinical psychologist and postdoctoral associate at the Yale Child Study Center, having completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology within the Early Childhood section also at Yale. 

Dr. Lowell’s program of research utilizes an infant mental health framework and takes an ecological approach to address the intergenerational transmission of substance use and attachment trauma by studying the micro-, meso-, and macrosystems surrounding families affected by substance use. Specifically, this research seeks to: 

  1. Study substance-using mothers’ neural responses to infant cues, 
  2. Examine the implementation of mentalization-based intervention for substance-using mothers, and 
  3. Understand stigma surrounding pregnant women with substance use problems in order to shift public discourse about this topic and improve policy regarding parental substance use.

Using a scientist-practitioner approach, her clinical work has been influenced largely by her research and has focused on implementing relationship-oriented interventions with parents and young children who have been impacted by substance use and trauma. Dr. Lowell is a trainer for the first evidence-based parenting intervention for substance-using mothers, Mothering from the Inside-Out. She is also trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Circle of Security Parenting. 

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Central Florida, Clinical Psychology (2017)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Yale University
  • Predoctoral Intern
    Yale University

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Visionary GrantAmerican Psychological Foundation2017

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