Christina Amaro

BS (2011) Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
MA (2015) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
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Christina completed her undergraduate degree at Loyola University Chicago in 2011 and joined the University of Kansas Clinical Child Psychology Program in the fall of 2013.  Her primary research interests within pediatric psychology include: health promotion and prevention, health-related quality of life, parent and child adjustment to chronic illness, and peer relations. 

Selected Publications

Roberts, M.C., Kanine, R. M., Amaro, C. M., Evans, S. C., Garcia, A. M., & Blossom, J. B. (in press). International education and training for clinical child and adolescent psychology. South African Journal of Psychology.

Evans, S. C., Roberts, M. C., Keeley, J. W., Blossom, J. B., Amaro, C. M., Garcia, A. M., Odar Stough, C., Canter, K. S., Robles, R., & Reed, G. M. (2015). Vignette methodologies for studying clinicians’ decision-making: Validity, utility, and application in ICD-11 field studies [Metodología basada en viñetas para el estudio de toma de decisiones clínicas: Validez, utilidad y aplicación en los estudios de campo de la CIE-11]. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 15, 160-170. doi:10.1016/j.ijchp.2014.12.001

Lennon, J. L., Klages, K. L., Amaro, C. M., Murray, C. B., & Holmbeck, G. N. (2015). Longitudinal study of neuropsychological functioning and internalizing symptoms in youth with spina bifida: Social competence as a mediator. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40 (3), 336-348. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsu075

Murray, C. B., Amaro, C. M., Devine, K. A., Psihogios, A. M., Murphy, L. K., & Holmbeck, G. N. (2015). Observed macro- and micro-level parenting behaviors during preadolescent family interactions as predictors of adjustment in emerging adults with and without spina bifida. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(1), 18-32. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsu030

Devine, K. A., Holbein, C. E., Psihogios, A. M., Amaro, C. M., & Holmbeck, G. N.(2012). Individual adjustment, parental functioning, and perceived social support in Hispanic and Non-Hispanic white mothers and fathers of children with spina bifida. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 769-778. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsro83

Wasserman, R. M., Holmbeck, G. N., Lennon, J. M., & Amaro, C. M. (2012). A longitudinal assessment of early pubertal timing as a predictor of psychosocial changes in adolescent girls with and without spina bifida. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37,755-768. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsr121

Selected Presentations

Amaro, C. M., Biberstein, M., Lynn, M., Eschrich, J., & Roberts, M. C. (2015, April). The impact of family factors and household food insecurity on fruit and vegetable consumption in low-income children. Poster presented at the 2015 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Amaro, C. M., & Roberts, M. C. (2015, February). Correlates of fruit and vegetable consumption in low-income children in the Kansas City area. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit, Topeka, KS.

Amaro, C. M., Poppert, K. M., & Steele, R. G. (2014, October). Associations between sleep hygiene and health-related quality of life in children. Poster presented at the Bi-Annual National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

Blossom, J. B., Evans, S. E., Amaro, C. M., & Roberts, M. C. (2014, October). Associations between emotion reactivity, internalizing symptoms and reactive aggression among at-risk girls. Poster presented at the Bi-Annual National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

Mitchell, T. M., Amaro, C. M., Gayes, L. A., & Steele, R. G. (2014, October). The effect of body mass index, negative affect, and disordered eating attitudes and behaviors on health-related quality of life in preadolescent youth: A moderated mediation. Poster presented at the Bi-Annual National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

Amaro, C. M., Wu, Y., Canter, K. S., Parikshak, S., Roberts, M. C., & Amylon, M. D. (2014, March). Family factors associated with child health-related quality of life in a pediatric cancer population. Poster presented at the 2014 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Kolbuck, V. D., Lennon, J. M., Amaro, C. M., & Holmbeck, G. N. (2014, March). Differences in utilization of family and peer supports between mothers and fathers of children with spina bifida: A longitudinal analysis. Poster presented at the 2014 Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Lennon, J. M., Amaro, C. M., & Holmbeck, G. N. (2013, March). Internalizing and externalizing symptoms in Hispanic and non-Hispanic Caucasian youth with spina bifida: Longitudinal associations with family functioning. Poster presented at the 2013 annual meeting and scientific sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.

Murray, C., Klages, K., Amaro, C., Psihogios, A., Seivert, N., & Holmbeck, G. (2012, August). Family-based predictors of health-related quality of life in children with spina bifida: A socio-ecological model. Poster presented at the annual American Psychological Association Conference, Orlando, FL.


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