Amy E. Graham

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Amy Graham is a Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, with a Dual Title in Infant Mental Health.  She is also a Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Research Fellow, advised by Dr. Steven Ondersma in the Parent Health Lab.   Her research interests include the development and optimization of E-Health interventions for the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and substance exposed pregnancies.  

Amy sees clients at Wayne State University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Wayne State Psychology Clinic, where she provides compete psychological assessments and treatment for anxiety, depression, substance use disorders and other psychopathology. Additionally, Amy leads a student substance use support group for cannabis use.  

Amy received her BA in Psychology (summa cum laude) from Wayne State University, where she was named a Phi Beta Kappa.
Amy is currently serving on the WCCC Eastside Advisory Board.  

She lives in Grosse Pointe Park with her four children.

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 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology. Wayne State University. Summa Cum Laude


Office Location

The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute


Wayne State University Psychology Clinic ~ Clinical Training in Assessment and Theraputic Treatment

Wayne State University Counseling and Psychological Services~ Doctoral Trainee in Theraputic Treatment

Graduate Research Fellow ~ The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute

The John D. Dingall VA Medical Center ~Undergraduate Seminar in Veteran Healthcare Systems



Amy is funded by several grants from the National Institute of Health obtained by Dr. Steven J. Ondersma. 


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Areas of Expertise

Brief E-Health and M-Health Interventions

Perinatal Substance Use 

Substance Use Disorders

Motivational Interviewing

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy


Ethyl Glucunronide and Ethyl Sulfate Assay Detection Limitations



Professional Service

Giant Step Teen Conference, Steering Team Member &  Group Facilitator

WCCC Eastside Advisory Council, Wayne State University & Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Representative

Michigan Childrens Law Center, Foster Parent Education & Recruitment

Honduran Social Investment Fund Projects (FHIS), Humanitarian aid and Substance Use Disorder counseling.  


Research Focus

Brief E-Health and M-Health Interventions

Prevention of Unwanted Pregnancies

Prevention of Substance Exposed Pregnancies

Motivational Interviewing

Substance Use Disorders in the Perinatal and Postpartum Periods

Child Maltreatment

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder

Cannabis Use Disorder 


 Adult & Infant CPR and First Aid

Professional Associations

 American Psychological Association

         Division 37- Section on Child Maltreatment 

         Division 50- Society of Addiction Psychology

         Division 38- Health Psychology

         Division 37- Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice

Research Society on Alcoholism~ Graduate Student Member

Training Offered

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Substance Use Recovery and Relapse Prevention

Cannabis Use Information


Honors and Awards

2014-2015  Wayne State University Graduate Professional Scholarship.  This full tuition scholarship is awarded annually by the WSU Graduate School.   

2015-2016 Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Research Award.  This full tuition schoarship was awarded by the faculty of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. 

2015 INEBRIA Student Research Travel Award

Phi Beta Kappa Member

Wayne State University Psychology Department Research Travel Award

Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Research Travel Award

Courses Taught

PSY 2400: Developmental Psychology

PSY 2410: Health Psychology

PSY 3100: Abnormal Psychology


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