Amanda Bennett, B.A.

Amanda BennettBiography

Amanda is a graduate student in the Youth Risk and Resilience Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Joy Gabrielli.  She attended the University of Missouri where she graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. At Mizzou Amanda volunteered in two research labs where she was involved in research on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in clinical work and on the developmental importance of early parent-child relationships on social and emotional development.  As a first-generation college student Amanda was also a McNair Scholar.  As a part of the McNair program she designed and conducted a cross-sectional study examining whether childhood social support and direct and indirect adverse childhood experiences are differentially associated with later mental health substance abuse.

Research Focus

Amanda is broadly interested on the impacts of adverse childhood experiences/early trauma and prevention and intervention efforts.  She is also particularly interested in working with children in foster care.


Bennett, A. L., & Hawley, K. (2019). Associations among Adverse Childhood Experiences, Childhood Social Support, and Adult Mental Healtha nd Substance Abuse. McNair Journal, 26, 12-19. Retrieved from

Professional Memberships

Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, APA Division 53