Amanda Nguyen

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2016
  • M.A., University of Denver, 2007
  • B.S., Pacific Union College, 2004

Amanda Nguyen, Ph.D., M.A. is an Assistant Professor of Education on the research faculty at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is faculty affiliate of the Youth-Nex Center. Prior to her current appointment, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with Youth-Nex in Human Services at the Curry School. She holds a doctorate in public mental health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Denver.

Her primary research interests focus on partnering with community organizations to deliver and evaluate culturally appropriate mental and behavioral health programs for young people in low-resource settings. Her work leverages both qualitative and quantitative approaches to examine risk and protective factors, identify and describe psychosocial problems, validate assessment instruments, and evaluate interventions.  Past work has included cross-cultural examination of peer victimization and psychosocial outcomes, health promotion for Latino children, scale-up of a mental health counseling program in Iraq, and qualitative assessment of psychosocial problems in Chechnya. She currently collaborates on multiple research initiatives including cross-cultural measurement of school climate, scientific evaluation of psychosocial support programs in humanitarian settings, and RCTs of interventions to reduce aggression among U.S. middle school students and to treat mental health problems of children affected by conflict in Myanmar.   

Nguyen has led or co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, and has presented findings at national and international conferences including the American Public Health Association, Society for Prevention Research, Society for Research on Adolescence, and the European Conference on Youth Mental Health. She has also collaborated on handbooks and monographs for organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank.