Amie Grills

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Research
Professor

Dr. Amie Grills specializes in anxiety, trauma, and depression (particularly in children), as well as the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral assessments and interventions, including those conducted using web-based designs. Her work has examined the roles of peer (e.g., bullying and friendship quality), familial (e.g., parental anxiety and stress), and academic (e.g., achievement, attention) variables on the development of youth anxiety and depression. Dr. Grills also conducts research on risk and resiliency factors of individuals of all ages following traumatic events. She has conducted research in this area with survivors of natural disasters, sexual assault, and mass shootings. Currently she has an NIH/NICHD funded project on the impact of socioemotional difficulties on young children’s academic achievement and the influence of these difficulties for children involved in a multi-tiered response to intervention program for reading disabilities.

In addition, she is Co-Investigator on an NIH/NIMH funded multi-site project that is examining a therapist-facilitated online intervention program for female college rape victims. Dr. Grills has numerous publications and research presentations in each of these areas, as well as a 2012 book entitled, “Phobic and Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents”. She is a licensed clinical psychologist (Texas) who is listed with the national register of health service providers in psychology. She has received awards from the American Psychological Society, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, including selection as a 2011 American Psychological Society Rising Star.

Appointments:

  • Boston University Appointments:
    • University NEASC Reaccreditation Standards Committee, Standard 6-Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
    • Provost’s Faculty Teaching Awards Committee
    • University Mental Health Task Force
    • President’s University Climate Survey Task Force
  • Wheelock College of Education & Human Development Appointments (current):

    • Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
    • Strategic Initiatives Subgroup
    • Deputy Title IX Coordinator
    • Dean’s Council
    • Wheelock Academic Affairs Integration
    • Faculty Affairs Committee
    • Dean’s Cabinet
    • Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure Committee
  • Professional Organization Appointments and Editorships (current):
    • Associate Editor for Cognitive Therapy and Research
    • Associate Editor for Anxiety, Stress, & Coping
    • Editorial Board Member for Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review
    • Editorial Board Member for Cognitive & Behavioral Practice
    • Ambassador Chair for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
    • Ambassador for the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program
    • Program Chair for Division E (Counseling) of the American Education Research Association
    • Grant Reviewer for the Office of Justice Programs
    • Psychology Doctoral Program Accreditation Site Reviewer/Chair for the American Psychological Association
    • Program Committee Member for the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2003        

Internship at the Medical University of South Carolina/Charleston Consortium

M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2000

A.B. in Psychology with Departmental High Honors & Magna Cum Laude, Smith College, 1998

Dr. Amie Grills is the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Research and a Tenured, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development at Boston University (BU). She is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher, whose work specializes in anxiety, trauma, depression, and behavioral difficulties (particularly in children), as well as the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral assessments and interventions, including those conducted using web-based designs. Her work has examined the roles of peer (e.g., bullying and friendship quality), familial (e.g., parental anxiety and stress), and academic (e.g., achievement, attention) variables on the development of youth internalizing difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression). Dr. Grills also conducts research on risk and resiliency factors among individuals exposed to traumatic events, and she is co-developer of a web-based intervention for women who have experienced sexual assault. She has authored two books and over 50 peer-reviewed publications. She has received awards from the Association for Psychological Science, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and she has received ~$4M in funding for research (e.g., NIH, NSF). She is presently PI on a 5-year NIH/NICHD funded research grant (R01) aimed to reduce anxiety in students who are struggling with learning, as well as determine whether experiencing anxiety makes youth less sensitive to academic interventions.

Recently Funded Research:
NIH-NICHD R01 Research Project Grant (Role: PI) 2017-2022
"Evidence-based Interventions to Enhance Outcomes among Struggling Readers”
NIH-NICHD K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Role: PI)

2009-2015
"Child Anxiety and Response to Intervention for Learning Disabilities”
NIH/NIMH R34 Clinical Trial Planning Grant (Role: Co-I) 2010-2014
“Evaluation of Web-Based CBT for Rape Victims”

Published Books:
Holt, M. & Grills, A. E. (2016). Critical Issues in School Mental Health: Evidence-based Research, Practice, and Interventions. New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Grills, A. E. & Ollendick, T. H. (2013). Phobic and Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe Publishers.

Visit Dr. Grills' Faculty Profile
New Grant to Examine Practices for Improving Reading Comprehension and Reducing Anxiety

Grills-Taquechel, A. E. & Ollendick, T. H. (2012). Phobic and Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Hogrefe Publishers.

Grills-Taquechel, A. E., Fletcher, J. M., Vaughn, S. R., & Stuebing, K. K. (2012). Anxiety and reading problems in early elementary school: Evidence for unidirectional- or bidirectional relations? Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 43, 35-47.

Grills-Taquechel, A. E., Littleton, H., & Axsom, D. (2011). Social support, world assumptions, and exposure as predictors of anxiety and quality of life following a mass trauma. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 498-506.

Davis III, T. E., Grills-Taquechel, A. E., & Ollendick, T. H. (2010). The psychological impact from Hurricane Katrina: Effects of displacement on college students. Behavior Therapy.41, 340-349.

Grills-Taquechel, A. E., Norton, P. J., & Ollendick, T. H. (2010). A longitudinal examination of factors influencing anxiety during the transition to middle school. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 23, 493-513.

Littleton, H., Grills-Taquechel, A. E., & Axsom, D. (2009). Impaired and incapacitated rape victims: Assault characteristics and post-assault experiences. Violence and Victims, 24, 439-457.

Fisak, B. & Grills-Taquechel, A. E. (2007). Parental modeling, reinforcement, and information transfer: Risk Factors in the development of child anxiety? Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 10, 213-231.

Grills-Taquechel, A. E., & Ollendick, T. H. (2007). Special issue: Developments in the etiology and psychosocial treatments of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 10, 197-198.

Grills, A. E., & Ollendick, T. H. (2002). Peer victimization, global self-worth, and anxiety in middle school children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 31, 59-68.

Grills, A. E., & Ollendick, T. H. (2002). Issues in parent-child agreement: The case of structured diagnostic interviews. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 5, 57-83.

Grills-Taquechel, A. E., Fletcher, J. M. & Vaughn, S. (2013, February). The influence of ethnicity and socio-emotional behavior on elementary school children’s reading achievement. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

Grills-Taquechel, A. E. (Chair) (2012, November). The importance of coping approaches utilized in the aftermath of traumatic events. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Grills-Taquechel, A. E. & Ollendick, T. H. (2012, November). Impairment ratings across various domains of children’s lives: A comparison of children with clinical anxiety disorders and no diagnoses. In A. E. Grills-Taquechel & C. Alfano (Chairs), How Should We Measure ‘Functional Impairment’ among Anxious Youth?. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Grills-Taquechel, A. E. & Littleton, H. (2012, November). Coping approach as a predictor of internalizing symptoms in college women exposed to a mass campus shooting: Results from a longitudinal study. In A. E. Grills-Taquechel (Chair), The Importance of Coping Approaches Utilized in the Aftermath of Traumatic Events. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Grills-Taquechel, A. E. (2011, February). Relations among anxiety, inattention, and achievement in first- grade children. In C. Lonigan (Chair), Influences of Attention and Self-Regulation on Growth and Response to Instruction of Early Academic Skills. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Research Conference, Coronado Bay, CA.

Grills-Taquechel, A. E. (2010, November). Panel member. In B. Teachman (chair), The elusive search: Finding work-life balance across stages of life and stages of career. Panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA.

Littleton, H. L., & Grills-Taquechel, A. E. (2010, November). Information processing, adjustment, and re-victimization following rape. In J. S. Joseph (Chair), Cognitive appraisals and traumatic stress. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Montreal, Canada.

Grills-Taquechel, A. E. & Fletcher, J. M. (2010, June). An examination of the predictive roles of anxiety and achievement in early elementary school. Poster presented at the World Congress for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Boston, MA.

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