Amanda Sanchez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Amanda Sanchez is an NIMH T32 postdoctoral fellow in implementation research at the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit.

As a member of the Nudge Unit team, Amanda works on the CFAR Project, focusing on stakeholder perspectives of implementing an evidence-based intervention delivered by community health workers for people with HIV.

Through her research, Amanda seeks to improve access to quality mental health care for marginalized youth and families by understanding and addressing structural and systemic barriers to engagement and care delivery and increasing the cultural responsiveness of mental health services and systems. She is committed to community-engaged research that centers the needs and values of frontline providers and patients to improve the equitable provision of quality mental health services.

Amanda is a recipient of an International OCD Foundation Junior Investigator Award focused on the collaborative development of a toolkit to improve the cultural responsiveness of services for youth with OCD and anxiety.

She earned her PhD in clinical science at Florida International University, where she led an NIH-funded project examining the use of the Cultural Formulation Interview as a strategy to improve satisfaction, engagement, and clinical outcomes among culturally diverse families. Amanda plans to transition to a tenure-track assistant professor position in clinical psychology at George Mason this fall.