Amie Bettencourt, Ph.D., M.S.

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  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Dr. Bettencourt is a faculty member at Johns Hopkins in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is also a clinical child psychologist in the Psychiatric Mental Health Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Bettencourt's research interests broadly focus on advancing knowledge of the risk and protective factors for and interventions designed to address children’s disruptive behavior problems.  Dr. Bettencourt received her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her predoctoral internship training at La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago and went on to complete her postdoctoral fellowship in prevention science in the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health more


  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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  • B.S.; University of California (Los Angeles) (California) (2002)
  • M.S.; Virginia Commonwealth University (Virginia) (2006)
  • Ph.D.; Virginia Commonwealth University (Virginia) (2010)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

 Understanding the role of parenting, self-regulation deficits, and aspects of the school environment in the development and maintenance of disruptive behavior problems and the experience of peer victimization; Examining the impacts, scalability, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions designed to target disruptive behavior problems and peer victimization in childhood and adolescence.

Selected Publications

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Bettencourt, A.F., Gross, D., & Breitenstein, S. (2018). Evaluating Implementation Fidelity of a School-based Parenting Program for Low-income Families. Journal of School Nursing.

Bettencourt, A. F., Gross, D., Ho, G, & Perrin, N. (2018). The Consequences of Not Being Socially and Behaviorally Ready by Kindergarten in Baltimore City. Journal of Urban Health, 95, 36-50.

Bettencourt, A.F., Musci, R., Clemans, K., Carinci, J., & Ialongo, N. (2017). Patterns of Peer- and Teacher-Rated Aggression, Victimization, and Prosocial Behavior in an Urban, Predominantly African American Preadolescent Sample: Associations with Peer Perceived Characteristics. Journal of School Psychology, 65, 83-101.

Bettencourt, A. F., Farrell, A.D., Liu, W, & Sullivan, T.N. (2013) Stability and Change in Patterns of Peer Victimization and Aggression during Adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42(4): 429-441.

Bettencourt, A.F., & Farrell, A.D (2013). Individual and Contextual Factors Associated with Patterns of Aggression and Peer Victimization During Middle School. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(2) 285-302.

Activities & Honors


  • Nan Tobler Award for Review of the Prevention Science Literature, Society for Prevention Research, 2012
  • Child Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Fellow, NIMH, 2013
  • Research and Assessment Leadership Award for the Quasi-Experimental Study of the Read to Succeed Program, Council for Great City Schools, 2014
  • Outstanding Publication Award in the area of Assessment and Accountability, American Educational Research Association Division H, 2015
  • Outstanding Publication Award in the area of Applied Research Reports, American Educational Research Association Division H, 2017
  • NIH Loan Repayment Program Award Recipient, 2018


  • Society for Prevention Research
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