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Amanda Balkhi, M.S.

Biography

Amanda Balkhi, M.S., is a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology.  Amanda enrolled in the program after graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Leadership in 2011.  Amanda is currently in the Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology track, where she is under the mentorship of Dr. Gary R. Geffken.

Research Focus

Amanda’s research interests include barriers to adherence and treatment augmentation strategies for pediatric populations, with a special interest in utilizing technology.  Amanda also has a secondary interest in undergraduate mentorship and is currently working with a team of 40 undergraduates under the direction of Dr. Joseph P.H. McNamara.  Amanda is currently working with Drs. Geffken and McNamara to design and implement a longitudinal assessment protocol of technology use in parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes.

Clinical Focus

Amanda primarily enjoys working with children and adolescents with comorbid medical and psychiatric diagnoses.  Additionally, Amanda serves as a student clinician working with adults stuggling with refractory Obessive-Compulsive Disorder through the Behavior Health Unit’s OCD and Anxiety Disorder Program.

Grants

Active

Sleeping Behaviors’ Impact on Treatment of Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Study Coordinator (PI: Joseph P.H. McNamara, Ph.D.)
Department of Psychiatry Research Seed Fund
Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida
July 2012 – July 2014
$20,000 Research Grant

Online Predictors of Offline Behaviors
Principle Investigator

Center for Pediatric Psychology and Family Studies Mini Grant
University of Florida
November 2012 – November 2013
$500 Research Grant

Completed

Is Addiction a Mental Illness?
Principle Investigator

Civil Debate Wall Public Policy Research Program
Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida
June 2012 – July 2012
$1500 Research Grant

Should People be Considered an Adult at 18?
Co-Investigator (PI: Joseph P.H. McNamara, Ph.D.)

Civil Debate Wall Public Policy Research Program
Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida
June 2012 – July 2012
$1500 Research Grant

Should Psychology be Considered a STEM Science?
Co-Investigator (PI: Gary R. Geffken, Ph.D.)

Civil Debate Wall Public Policy Research Program
Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida
June 2012 – July 2012
$1500 Research Grant

Quantifying the Diabetes Online Community
Principle Investigator

Center for Pediatric Psychology and Family Studies Mini Grant
University of Florida
October 2011 – October 2012
$500 Research Grant

Courses Taught

  • Course Coordinator: Graduate Medical Bioethics PHA 6935 (Fall 2013 – Present)
  • Course Coordinator: Undergraduate Eating Disorders MDU 4580/MEL 4600 (Summer 2013 – Present)
  • Course Coordinator: Undergraduate Medical Bioethics MDU 4061/MEL 4014 (Summer 2012 – Present)

Publications

Peer Reviewed Manuscripts:

Balkhi, A. M., Parent, M. C. &  Mayor, M. (2013). Impact of perceived weight discrimination on patient satisfaction and physician trust. Fat Studies.  2 (1). 45-50. DOI: 10.1080/21604851.2013.731955

Reid, A. M., Balkhi, A. M., St. Amant, J., McNamara, J. P. H., Silverstein, J. H., Navia, L., & Geffken, G. R. (2013). Relationships between quality of life, family factors, adherence, and glycemic control in pediatric patients with Type 1 Diabetes. Children’s Health Care, 42(4). DOI: 10.1080/02739615.2013.842455.

McNamara, J.P.H., Wang, J., Holiday, D.B., Young, J., Paradoa, M., Balkhi, A.M., Fernandez-Baca, J. & McCrae, C.S. (In Press). Sleep disturbances associated with cigarette smoking. Psychology, Health, & Medicine. DOI:10.1080/13548506.2013.832782.

Balkhi, A.M., Reid, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H., Geffken, G. (Manuscript Pending Second Round Review). The Diabetes Online Community: The Importance of Forum Use in Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes.

McNamara, J.P.H., Reid, A.M., Balkhi, A.M., Bussing, R., Storch, E.A., Murphy, T.K., Graziano, P.A., Guzick, A.G., & Geffken, G.R. (Manuscript Pending Second Round Review) Self-Regulation and Other Executive Functions Relationship to Pediatric OCD Severity and Treatment Outcome.

Manuscripts in Preparation:

Balkhi, A.M., Zelin, M., Reid, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H., & Geffken, G.R. (Manuscript in Preparation). Engaging Undergraduates in Public Policy: Psychology and the Civil Debate Wall.

Reid, A.M., Graziano, P.A., Balkhi, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H., & Geffken, G.R. (Manuscript in Preparation). Once You Start, You Just Can’t Stop: Non-Prescription Stimulant Use, Loss of Effortful Control, and Risky Behavior in College Students.

McNamara, J.P.H., Reid, A. M., Balkhi, A. M., Fussell, R., Freedland, A. Munoz, R., Geffken, G. R. & Graziano, P. A. (Manuscript in Preparation). The impact of executive function on parental stress as meditated by depression and anxiety.

Navia, L.*, Balkhi, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H. , Storch, E., Geffken, G.R. (Manuscript in Preparation; Thesis Awarded Highest Honors). Depression, Social Anxiety, and Peer Victimization: The Effects of Loneliness and Social Problems on Children with Endocrine Disorders.

Otkur, B.*, Reid, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H., Balkhi, A.M. (Manuscript in Preparation; Thesis Awarded Highest Honors). Impairment of Functioning In College Students With Nonclinical, Subclinical, and Clinical ADHD.

 

Other:

Augusto, B.*, Reid, A.M., Balkhi, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H. (Thesis Awarded Highest Honors). Use of Subjective and Objective Sleep Measures to Investigate How Internalizing Symptoms and Sleep Influence Non-Clinical Obsessions and Compulsions

Paneto, A.*, Reid, A.M., Balkhi, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H. (Data Collection in Progress). Executive Functioning Performance in an Adult Sample.

Zeidan, N.*, Balkhi, A.M., Olsen, B.O., Geffken, G.R. (IRB in Preparation). Academic Performance in Children with Type 1 Diabetes

* Denotes Undergraduate Mentee

Presentations (Posters and Talks)

National:

Reid, A.M., Meyer, J.M., Balkhi, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H., & Flores, C. (July 2013). Emerging Research on Treatment Outcomes for Pediatric OCD. Symposium presented at the International OCD Foundation’s 20th Annual OCD Conference.

Balkhi, A.M., Reid, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H., Flores, C., & Callahan, C. (July 2013). OCD +: Treatment Considerations and Recommendations for Patients with Dual Diagnoses. Symposium presented at the International OCD Foundation’s 20th Annual OCD Conference.

McNamara, J.P.H., Balkhi, A.M., Reid, A.M., Flores, C.G., Bertone, A., Geffken, G.R. (July, 2013). Creating a Winning Team: Training at the University of Florida OCD Program. Poster presented at the International OCD Foundation’s 20th Annual OCD Conference.

Reid, A.M., Balkhi, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H., Bussing, R., Storch, E.A., Murphy, T.K., & Geffken, G.R. (July, 2013). Self-Regulation and Other Executive Functions Relationship to Pediatric OCD Severity and Treatment Outcome. Poster presented at the International OCD Foundation’s 20th Annual OCD Conference.

Balkhi, A.M., Reid, A.M., McNamara, J., & Geffken, G.R.. (April, 2013). Quantifying the Diabetes Online Community: The Impact on Parenting Behaviors. Poster Presented at the 2013 National Conference in Pediatric Psychology.

Reid, A.M., Balkhi, A.M., St. Amant, J., Navia, L., Silerstein, J., Geffken, G. (April, 2013). Relationships Between Quality of Life, Family Factors, Adherence, and Glycemic Control in Pediatric Patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Poster Presented at the 2013 National Conference in Pediatric Psychology.

Navia, L.*, Balkhi, A.M., McNamara, J., Geffken, G., & Storch, E.A (April, 2013). Depression, Social Anxiety, and Peer Victimization: The Effects of Loneliness and Social Problems on Children with Endocrine Disorders. Poster Presented at the 2013 National Conference in Pediatric Psychology.

Heesacker, M., Lim, C., Locker, T.K., Balkhi, A.M. (August 2012). Fat Stigma Across the Life-Span: Interpersonal, Psychological, Occupational, and Medical Consequences. Symposium to be presented at the 2012 American Psychological Association Annual Convention.  

Nackers, L. M., Dubyak, P. J., Durning, P. E., von Castel-Roberts, K. M., Lane, C.L., Roberts, A. M., Anton, S. D. & Perri, M. D. (Abstract Presented at 2011 Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference) Improving lifestyle interventions for obesity: The effects of moderate versus mild caloric restriction and large versus small group size.

Regional:

Roberts, A. M. Mayor, M. & Parent, M.C. (March 2011). Factors Influencing Physician Trust and Patient Satisfaction. Poster presentation at Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting.

Local:

Balkhi, A.M., Bertone, A., Reid, A.M., Flores, C.G., Geffken, G.R., & McNamara, J.P.H. (October, 2013). Mentorship in the Division of Medical Psychology: Inspiring Students to Lead. Poster Presentation at the University of Florida Graduate Student Research Day.

Balkhi, A.M. (November 2012). Quantifying the Diabetes Online Community: An Investigation of Online Relationships. Presentation at the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology Annual Fall Research Symposium.

Reid, A.M & Balkhi, A.M. (October, 2012). Anxiety Disorders. Three Guest Lectures given to Undergraduate Abnormal Psychology Class at Santa Fe State University.

Reid, A.M & Balkhi, A.M. (September, 2012). Anxiety Disorders. Guest Lecture given to Undergraduate Abnormal Psychology Class at the University of Florida.

Bolt, E.M., Roberts, A.M., & Zataz, E.A. (January, 2012). Graduate School in the Health Professions Graduate Panel. Panel presentation given to Introduction to Counseling Psychology Class at the University of Florida.

Bolt, E.M., Roberts, A.M., & Zataz, E.A. (September, 2011). Graduate School in the Health Professions Graduate Panel. Panel presentation given to Introduction to Counseling Psychology Class at the University of Florida.

Professional Memberships

  • Internaional OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Foundation, Student Member
  • American Psychological Assocation, Student Affiliate
  • Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Student Affiliate
  • Society of Pediatric Psychology, Student Affiliate, Adherence Interest Group Member