Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Research
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.
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
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”Visit Dr. Grills' Faculty Profile
New Grant to Examine Practices for Improving Reading Comprehension and Reducing Anxiety
Grills, A. E., Fletcher, J. M., Vaughn, S., Denton, C., Bowman, C., & Barth, A. E. (under review). Internalizing symptoms and reading difficulties among early elementary school students.
Littleton, H. L., & Grills, A.E., (2019). Changes in coping and negative cognitions as mechanisms of change in online treatment for rape-related PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 32, 927-935.
Mancini, A. D., Littleton, H. L., Grills, A.E., (2019). PTSD near and far: Symptom networks from 2 to 12 months after the Virginia Tech campus shootings. Clinical Psychological Science, 7, 1-15.
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.