Christina Amaro

BS (2011) Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
MA (2015) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
(2018-2019) Internship at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
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Room 2008


Christina is a doctoral candidate currently on internship at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Her research interests include pediatric health promotion, child and family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness, program evaluation, and professional psychology issues, such as training and mentoring.

Selected Publications

Evans, S. C., Amaro, C. M., Herbert, R., Blossom, J. B., & Roberts, M. C. (2018). “Are you gonna publish that?” Peer-reviewed publication outcomes of doctoral dissertations in psychology. PLoS ONE, 13(2), e0192219. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0192219

Canter, K. S., Amaro, C. M., Noser, A. E., & Roberts, M. C. (2018). Historical Analysis: The Journal of Pediatric Psychology from 1976 to 2015. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43, 21-30. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsx085

Roberts, M. C., Blossom, J. B., Evans, S. C., Amaro, C. M., & Kanine, R. M. (2017). Advancing the scientific foundation for evidence-based practice in clinical child and adolescent psychology. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 46, 915-928. doi:10.1080/15374416.2016.1152554

Amaro, C. M., & Roberts, M. C. (2017). An evaluation of a dollar-for-dollar match program at farmers’ markets for families using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 2990-2796. doi:10.1007/s10826-017-0779-4

Fedele, D. A., Cushing, C. C., Fritz, A., Amaro, C. M., & Ortega, A. (2017). Mobile health interventions for improving health outcomes in youth: A meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics, 171(5), 461-469. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.0042

Mitchell, T. B., Amaro, C. M., & Steele, R. G. (2016). Pediatric weight management interventions in primary care settings: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology, 35, 704-713. doi:10.1037/hea0000381

Evans, S. C., Roberts, M. C., Keeley, J. W., Blossom, J. B., Amaro, C. M., Garcia, A. M., Odar Stough, C., Canter, K. S., Robles, R., & Reed, G. M. (2015). Vignette methodologies for studying clinicians’ decision-making: Validity, utility, and application in ICD-11 field studies. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 15, 160-170. doi:10.1016/j.ijchp.2014.12.001

Murray, C. B., Amaro, C. M., Devine, K. A., Psihogios, A. M., Murphy, L. K., & Holmbeck, G. N. (2015). Observed macro- and micro-level parenting behaviors during preadolescent family interactions as predictors of adjustment in emerging adults with and without spina bifida. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40, 18-32. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsu030

Selected Presentations

Long, K. A., Buchbinder, D., Amaro, C. M., Barrera, M., Fainsilber Katz, L., Gerhardt, C., Lown, A., Sharkey, C. M., Weiner, L., & Alderfer, M. (2019).  On the outside looking in: A nationwide examination of barriers to and facilitators of implementing the Standard of Psychosocial Care for siblings of children with cancer. Paper to be presented at the 2019 American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Amaro, C. M., Noser, A. E., Rogers, E. E., Roberts, M. C., Berry, S., & Thome Patten, J. (2017, April). An evaluation of the Society of Pediatric Psychology Mentoring Project. Poster presented at the 2017 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Amaro, C. M., Noser, A. E., Canter, K. S., Parikshak, S., Roberts, M. C., Amylon, M., & Wu, Y. (2016, April). Correlates of health-related quality of life in a pediatric cancer population. Poster presented at the 2016 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Amaro, C. M., & Roberts, M. C. (2015, February). Correlates of fruit and vegetable consumption in low-income children in the Kansas City area. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit, Topeka, KS. 

Amaro, C. M., Poppert, K. M., & Steele, R. G. (2014, October). Associations between sleep hygiene and health-related quality of life in children. Poster presented at the Bi-Annual National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

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