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Amanda M. Dettmer, PhD

Associate Research Scientist; Co-Director, Developmental Science Summer Internship Program, Child Study Center: Research

Research Summary

Dr. Dettmer researches early life factors that shape individual differences in development. She studies cognitive, social, and behavioral outcomes in both human and non-human primates. In humans, she is beginning to research how the school environment shapes long-term hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity, measured via hair cortisol. She aims to link this activity to children's social and cognitive development. Dr. Dettmer is also a member of the Hartford City Council Universal Basic Income (UBI) Task Force, which is developing a pilot UBI program set to begin in mid-2022. In nonhuman primates, Dr. Dettmer studies rhesus monkeys as models of child development. Here, she studies how prenatal and postnatal factors influence an individual's risk or resilience to chronic stress, and later health outcomes across the life course. Dr. Dettmer studies primates across the lifespan to understand intergenerational effects of early life experiences.


Research Interests

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Mental Health; Neurobiology; Neuroendocrinology; Primates; Stress, Psychological; Resilience, Psychological; Biobehavioral Sciences; Interdisciplinary Research

Public Health Interests

Behavioral Health; Biomarkers; Maternal & Child Health; Mental Health; Child/Adolescent Health

Selected Publications