Amy combines her training as an experimental psychologist with an extensive background in both academic and community research. At Harder+Company, Amy uses her quantitative research expertise to create and validate research tools and assessments, as well as conduct sophisticated statistical analyses for some of our most complex research projects. She also provides internal support to other Harder+Company project teams to ensure quality and rigor in their research design. Amy blends this skill set with a passion for using research to address the needs of underserved communities. She is fluent in Spanish.
Prior to joining Harder+Company in 2011, Amy conducted community-based health and housing research with vulnerable populations in California, with a particular focus on the San Diego region. Amy spent three years as researcher and lead evaluator for the National Latino Research Center at California State University, San Marcos, where she conducted community-based participatory research to address the health disparities of marginalized and underserved populations. Amy also teaches several psychology courses including Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences at Grossmont Community College in San Diego. She regularly serves on grant review panels for the Children’s Bureau, an office of the Federal Administration of Children and Families. Outside of the office, Amy enjoys spending time in her organic garden. She cultivates sustainable living and is always eager to help friends start their own gardens!
- PhD, Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Iowa State University
- Master of Arts, Experimental Psychology, California State University, San Marcos
- Bachelor of Arts, Experimental Psychology, California State University, San Marcos
Areas of Expertise
- Behavioral Health
- Children, Youth + Families
- Housing + Community Development
- Workforce Development
- Applying Systems Thinking to Better Serve Youth from At-Risk Environments
- Evaluating a Bold Approach to Economic and Social Mobility for Low-Income Families
- Countdown to #Eval18: What does Harder+Company think about “speaking truth to power?”
- Making Evaluations of Evidence-Based Models Culturally Appropriate