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Amanda Sheffield Morris


Development, Adversity, Emotion

Degree: Ph.D., Developmental Psychology
Broad Expertise/Interests: Social and emotional development in childhood and adolescence; developmental neuroscience; neuroscience of adversity and resilience
Equipment/Techniques: fMRI, MRI, Observational Methods, Evaluation Research
Seeking Collaborators with Skill Sets: Analysis of MRI data;  EEG data collection and analysis
Neuroscience Research Interests: I am a co-investigator on the NIH funded Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. ABCD is a 10 year longitudinal study of 10,000 youth with 21 sites across the country. Our Tulsa site at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) will have 720 youth. I am also part of OSU’s CoBRE grant and I have a study examining parent-teen neural synchrony using fMRI hyper-scanning (i.e., simultaneous fMRI).
Funding in the Last Three Years:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Evaluation of the Legacy for ChildrenTM Tulsa Implementation. PI for University of Oklahoma Health Science Center subcontract. Project PI, Jane Silovsky (August, 2015 – July, 2018).

George Kaiser Family Foundation: Tulsa Children’s Project, implementing mental health and family engagement interventions for Tulsa Educare, Inc. PI with Jennifer Hays-Grudo and Martha Roblyer (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2018).

National Institutes of Health, COBRE (Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence) project: Modeling Parent-Child Inter-Brain Emotion Regulation to Predict Adolescent Depression, PI with Co-I Kyle Simmons and Jerzy Boudurka (February 1, 2017 – March 31, 2021).

Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services: “The Northwestern University Two-Generation Study (NU2Gen) of Parent and Child Human Capital. Co-PI with Teresa Sommer (PI). Sept. 29, 2016 – Sept. 29, 2020).

George Kaiser Family Foundation: Blue Meridian Parent Focus Groups. PI with Co-PI Lana Beasley.  August 15, 2016 – December 15, 2016).

National Institutes of Health U01: Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, study site, Co-I with Martin Paulus (PI) and Kyle Simmons (Co-I).

Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services: Expanding the Cycle of Opportunity: Simultaneously educating Parents and Children in Head Start, Co-I with P. Lindsay Chase-Landsdale (PI), Hirokazu Yoshikawa (Co-PI), Teresa Sommer (Co-PI), Monica Barczak (Co-I), Terri Sabol (Co-I) ($2,500,000; Sept. 29, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2018).

Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST): Daily Peer Interactions and Enduring Relationship Attributes as Predictors of Adolescent Sleep. Co-I with PI Michael Criss (Oct. 1, 2014 – July 31, 2018).

Opportunity Institute and George Kaiser Family Foundation: Evaluation of the Talking is Teaching Campaign, Educare Inc.’s Beyond the Walls Program. PI (September 1, 2015 – January 31, 2017).

Foundation for Child Development, Family Life Study Supplemental Data Collection for Additional Waves for the Family Life Study. PI for Northwestern University subcontract longitudinal data collection. Project PI, P. Lindsay Chase-Landsdale. (Sept. 30, 2015 – Sept. 29, 2018).

National Institutes of Health, NICHD: Understanding Resilience in Adolescent Girls: Parents, Peers, and Emotion Dynamics. PI with Co-Is Michael Criss and Jennifer Silk (R15; April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2016).

Publication Highlights:

Morris, A. S., Squeglia, L. M., Jacobus, J., & Silk, J. S. (2018). Adolescent brain development: Implications for understanding risk and resilience processes through neuroimaging research. Journal of Research on Adolescence,28, 4-9.

Morris, A. S., *Cui, L., & Criss, M. M., & Simmons, W. K. (in press). Emotion regulation dynamics during parent-child interactions: Implications for research and practice. In P. Cole & T. Hollenstein (Eds.), Dynamics of Emotion Regulation: A Matter of Time. Taylor & Francis.

Zucker, R. A., Gonzales, R., Ewing, S. W. F., Paulus, M. P., Arroyo, J., Fuligni, A., Morris, A. S., Sanchez, M., & Wills, T. (in press). Assessment of culture and environment in the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Study: Rationale, description of measures, and early data. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.