Elizabeth D'Amico

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Adjunct Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
Type of Faculty: 
Part Time
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Areas of Interest: 

Adolescents, alcohol, marijuana, tobacco use;  child health, juvenile delinquency, substance use prevention.

Elizabeth D'Amico is an adjunct professor in the Department of Community Health Science.  She is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a licensed clinical psychologist. D'Amico is nationally recognized for her work developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions for adolescents. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and the interventions she has developed all utilize motivational interviewing (MI).

D'Amico has evaluated several MI interventions with adolescents and young adults in a variety of settings, including middle schools, primary care, homeless shelters, and teen court. She recently developed and tested a group intervention for urban Native American adolescents that integrated MI and traditional healing practices. She has also conducted epidemiological work to examine predictors and consequences of adolescent substance use. She is the principal investigator of a large longitudinal study that examines substance use patterns over 14 years among youth from sixth grade through age 24. Her most recent work has focused on the effects of medical marijuana advertising on adolescents' marijuana use. 

In 2016, D'Amico was recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association for Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology). She recently expressed her views on how to talk to adolescents about marijuana legalization on the PBS news hour for the "In My Humble Opinion" (#IMHO) series. D'Amico received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas.

Recent Projects:

Development and testing of an integrated healing and motivational interviewing group intervention for urban Native American youth.

Testing a brief motivational interviewing intervention for at-risk adolescents in four primary care settings.

AOD use trajectories from age 10 to 24: Multi-level predictors, health and behavioral functioning, and racial/ethnic disparities.

Selected Publications: 

D’Amico, E. J., Tucker, J. S., Pedersen, E. R, & Shih, R. A, "Understanding rates of marijuana use and consequences among adolescents in a changing legal landscape," Current Addiction Reports, 4(4), 2017

D’Amico, E.J., Tucker, J.S., Miles, J.N.V., Ewing, B.A., Shih, R.A., & Pedersen, E.R, "Alcohol and marijuana use trajectories in a diverse longitudinal sample of adolescents: Examining use patterns from age 11 to 17.," Addiction, 111(10), 2016

D’Amico, E.J., Miles, J.N.V., & Tucker, J.S., "Gateway to curiosity: Does exposure to medical marijuana ads affect intention and use during middle school?" Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29(3), 2015

Troxel, W.M., Ewing, B. & D’Amico, E.J., "Examining racial/ethnic disparities in the association between adolescent sleep and alcohol or marijuana use.," Sleep Health, 1, 2015

D'Amico, E.J., Parast, L., Meredith, L.S., Ewing, B.A., Shadel, W.G., & Stein, B.S., "Screening in primary care: What is the best way to identify at-risk youth for substance use?" Pediatrics, 138(6), 2016

Dickerson, D. L., Brown, R. A., Johnson, C. L., Schweigman, K., & D’Amico, E. J., "Integrating motivational interviewing and traditional practices to address alcohol and drug use among urban American Indian/Alaska Native youth.," Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 65, 2015

D'Amico, E.J., Houck, J.M., Hunter, S.B., Miles, J.N.V., Osilla, K.C., & Ewing, B.A., "Group motivational interviewing for adolescents: Change talk and alcohol and marijuana outcomes," Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(1), 2014

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Texas