Elizabeth D'Amico 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 currently has several grants in the field that evaluate MI interventions with youth in a variety of settings, including middle schools, primary care, and teen court. She also has a longitudinal study that examines substance use patterns over seven years among a large sample of youth from middle school through high school. In 2009, D'Amico received the Mentor of the Year award at RAND for her work in mentoring junior investigators. She was also editor for the APA Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) newsletter from 2007 to 2010. D'Amico received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas.
- Assessing the effects of a voluntary brief alcohol and drug intervention in 16 middle schools across three school districts in Southern California
- Development and testing of a group motivational intervention for first-time alcohol and drug offenders in a teen court setting
- Development and testing of a web-based motivational interviewing intervention for DUI educational settings
D'Amico, E.J., Osilla, K.C., Miles, J.N.V., Ewing, B. Sullivan, K., Katz, K. & Hunter, S.B., "Assessing motivational interviewing integrity for group interventions with adolescents," Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 2012 (forthcoming)
Shih, R.A., Miles, J.N.V., Tucker, J. S., Zhou, A. J., & D'Amico, E.J., "Racial/ethnic differences in the influence of cultural values, alcohol resistance self-efficacy and expectancies on risk for alcohol initiation," Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 2012 (forthcoming)
D'Amico, E.J., Tucker, J.S., Miles, J.N.V., Zhou, A.J., Shih, R.A, & Green, H.D., "Preventing alcohol use with a voluntary after school program for middle school students: Results from a randomized controlled trial of CHOICE," Prevention Science, 13(4):415-25, 2012
D'Amico, E.J., Green, H.D., Miles, J.N.V., Zhou, A. J., Tucker, J. S., & Shih, R.A., "Voluntary after school alcohol and drug programs: If you build it right, they will come," Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22(3):571-582, 2012
D'Amico, E.J., Osilla, K.C., & Hunter, S.B., "Developing a group motivational interviewing intervention for adolescents at-risk for developing an alcohol or drug use disorder," Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 28(4):417-436, 2010
D'Amico, E.J., Feldstein Ewing, S.W., Engle, B., Hunter, S.B., Osilla, K.C., & Bryan, A., in press. "Group motivational interviewing for young people at risk for alcohol and other drug use," in S. Naar-King and M. Suarez, Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Families, New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 2010
Honors & Awards
- Mentor of the Year, RAND Health
Recent Media Appearances
Interviews: CNN; KPBS/NPR; Los Angeles Times; Time Magazine; Washington Post