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Adrianna Amari, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Dr. Amari received her doctoral degree in 2005 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). While pursuing her advanced degree, she held positions in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, including roles as a clinical specialist and program specialist on the Neurobehavioral Unit, and research project coordinator and case manager for the Pediatric Psychology Consultation Service, for which she also recently served as inpatient consultation coordinator. She is a licensed psychologist, and currently provides training and supervision to pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows in pediatric psychology.

Dr. Amari's research interests focus on the development and evaluation of interventions to promote child coping and adjustment to acute and chronic medical conditions and associated medical and rehabilitation treatment. She has a special interest in the application of applied behavior analysis methods such as stimulus preference assessments and use of differential reinforcement and shaping, to facilitate optimal mental and physical health outcomes in children and adolescents with a wide array of conditions, including chronic pain and functional disability, seizure disorders, and disorders of consciousness after brain injury. more


  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Selected Publications

Amari, A., Grace, N.C., Fisher, W. W. (1995). Achieving and maintaining compliance with the ketogenic diet. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 28, 341-342.

Fisher, W.W., Piazza, C.C., Bowman, L.G., Amari, A. (1996). Integrating caregiver report with a systematic choice assessment to enhance reinforcer identification. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 101, 15-25.

Hagopian, L.P., Farrell, D.A., Amari, A. (1996). Treating total liquid refusal with backward chaining and fading. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 29, 573-575.

Slifer, K. J., Tucker, C. L., Gerson, A. C., Sevier, R. C., Kane, A. C., Amari, A., Clawson, B. P. (1997). Antecedent management and compliance training to improve adolescents' participation in early brain injury rehabilitation. Brain Injury, 11, 877-889.

Amari, A., Slifer, K. J., Sevier, R. C., Spezio, J., Tucker, C. L. (1998). Using differential reinforcement to treat functional hypophonia in a pediatric rehabilitation patient. Pediatric Rehabilitation, 2, 89-94.

Amari, A., Slifer, K. J., Gerson, A., Schenck, E., Kane, A. (1999). Treating selective mutism in a paediatric rehabilitation patient by altering environmental reinforcement contingencies. Pediatric Rehabilitation, 3, 59-64.

Switkin, M. C., Gelfand, K. M., Amari, A., Dahlquist, L. M., Slifer, K. J., Eskenazi, A. (2002). The impact of types of distractors on child critical statements during chemotherapy injection: A case study. Children’s Health Care, 31, 311-319.

Slifer, K. J., Amari, A., Diver, T., Hilley, L., Beck, M., Kane, A., & McDonnell, S. (2004). Social interaction patterns of children and adolescents with and without oral clefts during a videotaped analogue social encounter. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 41, 175-184.

Gorski, J., Slifer, K. J., Townsend, V., Kelly-Suttka, J., & Amari, A. (2005). Behavioral treatment of non-compliance in adolescents with newly acquired spinal cord injuries. Pediatric Rehabilitation, 8, 187-198.

Amari, A., Vona-Messersmith, N., Cohn, J. F., Ambadar, Z., Beck, M., & Piszczor, R. (2005). Social acceptance and facial behavior in children with oral clefts. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 43, 226-236.

Slifer, K.J., Kruglak, D., Benore, E., Bellipanni, K., Falk, L., Halbower, A.C., Amari, A. & Beck, M. (2007). Behavioral Training for Increasing Preschool Children’s Adherence with Positive Airway Pressure: A Preliminary Study. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 4, 147-175.

Amari, A., Dahlquist, L., Kossoff, E., Vining, P. E., Trescher, W., & Slifer, K. (2007). Children with Seizures Exhibit Preferences for Foods Compatible with the Ketogenic Diet. Epilepsy and Behavior, 11, 98-104.

Slifer, K., & Amari, A. (2009). Behavior Management for Children and Adolescents with Acquired Brain Injury. Developmental Disabilities Research Review, 15, 144-151.

Maynard, C., Amari, A., Wieczorek, B., Christensen, J., & Slifer. K. (2010). Interdisciplinary Behavioral Rehabilitation of Pediatric Pain-Associated Disability: Retrospective Review of an Inpatient Treatment Protocol. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35, 128-137.

Maynard, C., Amari, A., Wieczorek, B., Christensen, J., & Slifer, K. (2010). Response to the Commentary: A Worldwide Call for Multimodal Inpatient Treatment for Children and Adolescents Suffering from Chronic Pain and Pain-related Disability. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35, 141-143.

Slifer, K.J., Amari, A., & Maynard Ward, C. (2013). Operant Psychology Treatment for Pediatric Pain. In P. McGrath, Stevens, B., Walker, S., & Zempsky, W. (Eds.). The Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain. Oxford, England: The Oxford University Press.

Celedon, X., Amari, A., Ward, C. M., Prestwich, S., & Slifer, K. J. (2014). Children and Adolescents with Chronic Pain and Functional Disability: Use of a Behavioral Rehabilitation Approach. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, April 2014, (DOI) 10.1007/s40141-014-0047-0.

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