Amanda Nguyen

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2016
  • M.A., University of Denver, 2007
  • B.S., Pacific Union College, 2004

Amanda Nguyen, Ph.D., M.A. is an Assistant Professor on the research faculty at the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) at the University of Virginia. She is faculty affiliate of the Youth-Nex Center. Prior to her current appointment, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with Youth-Nex in Human Services at the SEHD. She holds a doctorate in public mental health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a master’s degree in international disaster psychology from the University of Denver.  Dr. Nguyen’s research focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating mental and behavioral health interventions for youth in culturally diverse and underserved settings, including in the rural US.  She received pre-doctoral training through a 2-year NIMH-funded Child Mental Health Services training program, completed a post-doctoral fellowship in school-based services and prevention research at UVA, is a former fellow of the NIMH-funded Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) research training program, and is a current Scholar Investigator in the CTSA-funded iTHRIV Scholars Program. Her work leverages both qualitative and quantitative approaches to examine risk and protective factors, identify and describe psychosocial problems, validate assessment instruments, and evaluate interventions.  Past work has included cross-cultural examination of peer victimization, school climate, and psychosocial outcomes; implementation research to scale up a mental health counseling program in Iraq and Myanmar; qualitative assessment of psychosocial problems among adults and youth in various populations; systematic review and meta-analytic evaluation of psychosocial support programs in humanitarian settings; and effectiveness studies of psychosocial support interventions for youth in the US and in Myanmar. Internationally, she is currently leading effectiveness research of psychosocial support interventions for adults in Ukraine and mother-child dyads in Bangladesh. In the US, she has developed a line of IES-supported work focused on improving mental and behavioral health services in rural schools through her involvement in the National Center for Rural School Mental Health. Work in this area includes school-wide screening for student support needs, adaptation of evidence-based interventions for rural schools and students, and implementation research related to delivery of support services in rural schools. Dr. Nguyen has led or co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, and has presented findings at national and international conferences including the American Public Health Association, Society for Prevention Research, Society for Research on Adolescence, and the European Conference on Youth Mental Health. She has also collaborated on handbooks and monographs for organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank.  Her work has been supported through multiple federal and institutional awards from funders including the National Institute for Mental Health, Institute of Education Sciences, US Agency for International Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia, and 4-VA at UVA.