Amy Elizabeth West

Title(s)Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Psychology
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
Address4640 West Sunset Blvd
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90027
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    Stanford University, Stanford, CAB.A.06/1996Psychology
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VAPh.D.08/2004Clinical Psychology
    Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MAInternship08/2004Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology
    Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MAFellowship08/2005Adolescent Medicine

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    Dr. West is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Associate Training Director for Psychology in the Division of General Pediatrics, and Director of the CHLA Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology Internship. In addition, Dr. West holds a secondary appointment as a Professor in the Department of Psychology at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and is a faculty member of the USC interdisciplinary Center for the Changing Family. Dr. West’s primary clinical and research interests focus on psychosocial treatment outcome and mechanisms of treatment response in pediatric mood and anxiety disorders, and specifically the application of such interventions to underserved, ethnic minority populations. Dr. West also has research interests in the developmental psychopathology of mood and anxiety disorders in children, preventing suicidal behavior in youth, perinatal mental health, and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) mental health and substance use disparities. She has been funded by NIMH, PCORI, SAMHSA, CA DHHS, and multiple private foundations for her research in these areas. She is currently a Co-I and the Director of CBT implementation on a large clinical trial studying medication and CBT treatment sequencing for pediatric anxiety disorders in a predominantly underserved, ethnic minority population. Dr. West is also part of a research team with colleagues in the Department of Preventative Medicine at USC and funded by DHHS/SAMHSA to study opioid and substance use prevention and treatment in California urban and rural AIAN tribal communities. Finally, Dr. West continues to study a family-based cognitive-behavioral intervention, child and family-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CFF-CBT) – also called RAINBOW therapy -- that she developed with colleagues for children 7-13 with bipolar spectrum disorders. CFF-CBT is now an evidence-based treatment with manuals published in Oxford University Press's "Treatments That Work" series.

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    Psychosocial Treatment for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
    NIH K23MH079935Aug 11, 2008 - Jul 31, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Social Anxiety in Native American Adolescents
    NIH F31MH064306Sep 7, 2001
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Exploring Culturally Based Treatment Options for Opioid Use Disorders Among American Indian and Alaska Native Adults in California. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2022 07; 83(4):613-620. Zeledon I, Telles V, Dickerson D, Johnson C, Schweigman K, West A, Soto C. PMID: 35838440; PMCID: PMC9318704.
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    2. Substance and Behavioral Addictions among American Indian and Alaska Native Populations. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 03 03; 19(5). Soto C, West AE, Ramos GG, Unger JB. PMID: 35270667; PMCID: PMC8910676.
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    3. Inflammation, depressive symptoms, and emotion perception in adolescence. J Affect Disord. 2021 12 01; 295:717-723. Peters AT, Ren X, Bessette KL, George N, Kling LR, Thies B, West AE, Langenecker SA, Pandey GN. PMID: 34517245; PMCID: PMC8551069.
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    4. Substance use disorder and homelessness among American Indians and Alaska Natives in California. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2021 Aug 02; 1-22. Ramos GG, West AE, Begay C, Telles VM, D'Isabella J, Antony V, Soto C. PMID: 34339341.
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    5. Psychosocial interventions for childhood affective disorders: Is the family the key to success? J Affect Disord. 2021 11 01; 294:447. Weinstein SM, West AE. PMID: 34325162.
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    6. A Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) study of medication and CBT sequencing in the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders. BMC Psychiatry. 2021 06 30; 21(1):323. Peterson BS, West AE, Weisz JR, Mack WJ, Kipke MD, Findling RL, Mittman BS, Bansal R, Piantadosi S, Takata G, Koebnick C, Ashen C, Snowdy C, Poulsen M, Arora BK, Allem CM, Perez M, Marcy SN, Hudson BO, Chan SH, Weersing R. PMID: 34193105; PMCID: PMC8243307.
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    7. An opioid and substance use disorder needs assessment study for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in California. Psychol Addict Behav. 2022 Aug; 36(5):429-439. West AE, Telles V, Antony V, Zeledon I, Moerner L, Soto C. PMID: 34166003.
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    8. Assessing change in suicidal ideation intensity for youth in treatment for pediatric bipolar disorder. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2021 Jul; 26(3):795-809. Gruhn MA, West A, Hamlat E, Weinstein S. PMID: 33715470.
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    9. Immune response to stress induction as a predictor of cognitive-behavioral therapy outcomes in adolescent mood disorders: A pilot study. J Psychiatr Res. 2020 01; 120:56-63. Pearlstein JG, Staudenmaier PJ, West AE, Geraghty S, Cosgrove VE. PMID: 31634750.
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    10. American Indian Researcher Perspectives on Qualitative Inquiry About and Within American Indian Communities. Am J Community Psychol. 2019 09; 64(1-2):83-95. Walden AL, West AE. PMID: 31313326.
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    11. Editorial: The Impact of Parental Psychopathology on Family Functioning: Prioritizing Transdiagnostic Interventions With Parents and Families. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2019 10; 58(10):940-942. West AE, Cosgrove VE. PMID: 31047991.
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    12. Statewide collaborative partnerships among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities in California to target the opioid epidemic: Preliminary results of the Tribal Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) key informant needs assessment. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2020 01; 108:9-19. Zeledon I, West A, Antony V, Telles V, Begay C, Henderson B, Unger JB, Soto C. PMID: 31056429.
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    13. Interplay between pro-inflammatory cytokines, childhood trauma, and executive function in depressed adolescents. J Psychiatr Res. 2019 07; 114:1-10. Peters AT, Ren X, Bessette KL, Goldstein BI, West AE, Langenecker SA, Pandey GN. PMID: 30978658.
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    14. Symptom Dimensions and Trajectories of Functioning Among Bipolar Youth: A Cluster Analysis. J Psychiatr Pract. 2018 05; 24(3):146-157. Peters AT, Weinstein SM, Isaia A, VAN Meter A, Zulauf CA, West AE. PMID: 30015785; PMCID: PMC6050982.
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    15. Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Clinical Correlates and Impact on Psychosocial Treatment Outcomes. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2018 05; 46(4):857-870. MacPherson HA, Weinstein SM, West AE. PMID: 28725956.
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    16. Child- and Family-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Applications for Suicide Prevention. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2018 12; 48(6):797-811. Weinstein SM, Cruz RA, Isaia AR, Peters AT, West AE. PMID: 29044718; PMCID: PMC5902658.
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    17. Mediators in the randomized trial of Child- and Family-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for pediatric bipolar disorder. Behav Res Ther. 2016 10; 85:60-71. MacPherson HA, Weinstein SM, Henry DB, West AE. PMID: 27567973; PMCID: PMC5071888.
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    18. The Burden of Repeated Mood Episodes in Bipolar I Disorder: Results From the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2016 Feb; 204(2):87-94. Peters AT, West AE, Eisner L, Baek J, Deckersbach T. PMID: 26588078; PMCID: PMC4733595.
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    19. Predictors of first-episode unipolar major depression in individuals with and without sub-threshold depressive symptoms: A prospective, population-based study. Psychiatry Res. 2015 Dec 15; 230(2):150-6. Peters AT, Shankman SA, Deckersbach T, West AE. PMID: 26343831; PMCID: PMC4692357.
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    20. Domain-specific impairment in cognitive control among remitted youth with a history of major depression. Early Interv Psychiatry. 2017 10; 11(5):383-392. Peters AT, Jacobs RH, Crane NA, Ryan KA, Weisenbach SL, Ajilore O, Lamar M, Kassel MT, Gabriel LB, West AE, Zubieta JK, Langenecker SA. PMID: 26177674; PMCID: PMC4844809.
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    21. Treatment moderators of child- and family-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for pediatric bipolar disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 Feb; 54(2):116-25. Weinstein SM, Henry DB, Katz AC, Peters AT, West AE. PMID: 25617252; PMCID: PMC4306810.
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    22. Cognitive and family correlates of current suicidal ideation in children with bipolar disorder. J Affect Disord. 2015 Mar 01; 173:15-21. Weinstein SM, Van Meter A, Katz AC, Peters AT, West AE. PMID: 25462390; PMCID: PMC4258538.
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    23. Child- and family-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for pediatric bipolar disorder: a randomized clinical trial. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2014 Nov; 53(11):1168-78, 1178.e1. West AE, Weinstein SM, Peters AT, Katz AC, Henry DB, Cruz RA, Pavuluri MN. PMID: 25440307; PMCID: PMC4254579.
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    24. Psychosocial intervention for pediatric bipolar disorder: current and future directions. Expert Rev Neurother. 2013 Jul; 13(7):843-50. Weinstein SM, West AE, Pavuluri M. PMID: 23898854; PMCID: PMC4439217.
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    25. What goes up must come down: the burden of bipolar depression in youth. J Affect Disord. 2013 Sep 25; 150(3):1048-54. Van Meter AR, Henry DB, West AE. PMID: 23768529; PMCID: PMC3759628.
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    26. Review: Psychosocial interventions improve early disruptive behaviour in very young children. Evid Based Ment Health. 2013 Aug; 16(3):70. West AE. PMID: 23604276.
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    27. A mental health needs assessment of urban American Indian youth and families. Am J Community Psychol. 2012 Jun; 49(3-4):441-53. West AE, Williams E, Suzukovich E, Strangeman K, Novins D. PMID: 21972010.
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    28. Cognitive dysfunction is worse among pediatric patients with bipolar disorder Type I than Type II. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2012 Jul; 53(7):775-81. Schenkel LS, West AE, Jacobs R, Sweeney JA, Pavuluri MN. PMID: 22339488; PMCID: PMC3415381.
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    29. A family-based psychosocial treatment model. Isr J Psychiatry Relat Sci. 2012; 49(2):86-93. West AE, Weinstein SM. PMID: 22801287.
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    30. Co-morbid disruptive behavior disorder and aggression predict functional outcomes and differential response to risperidone versus divalproex in pharmacotherapy for pediatric bipolar disorder. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2011 Dec; 21(6):545-53. West AE, Weinstein SM, Celio CI, Henry D, Pavuluri MN. PMID: 22136096; PMCID: PMC3243464.
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    31. Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: A Review. Minerva Psichiatr. 2011 Mar; 52(1):21-35. Washburn JJ, West AE, Heil JA. PMID: 21822352; PMCID: PMC3150503.
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    32. Child Mania Rating Scale-Parent Version: a valid measure of symptom change due to pharmacotherapy. J Affect Disord. 2011 Jan; 128(1-2):112-9. West AE, Celio CI, Henry DB, Pavuluri MN. PMID: 20858565; PMCID: PMC2994944.
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    33. Child and family-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for pediatric bipolar disorder: pilot study of group treatment format. J Can Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2009 Aug; 18(3):239-46. West AE, Jacobs RH, Westerholm R, Lee A, Carbray J, Heidenreich J, Pavuluri MN. PMID: 19718425; PMCID: PMC2732730.
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    34. Psychosocial treatments for childhood and adolescent bipolar disorder. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2009 Apr; 18(2):471-82, x-xi. West AE, Pavuluri MN. PMID: 19264274.
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    35. Neurocognitive function in pediatric bipolar disorder: 3-year follow-up shows cognitive development lagging behind healthy youths. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2009 Mar; 48(3):299-307. Pavuluri MN, West A, Hill SK, Jindal K, Sweeney JA. PMID: 19182689; PMCID: PMC2773500.
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    36. Early childhood temperament in pediatric bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. J Clin Psychol. 2008 Apr; 64(4):402-21. West AE, Schenkel LS, Pavuluri MN. PMID: 18324662.
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    37. Parent-child interactions in pediatric bipolar disorder. J Clin Psychol. 2008 Apr; 64(4):422-37. Schenkel LS, West AE, Harral EM, Patel NB, Pavuluri MN. PMID: 18357574.
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    38. Childhood behavioral inhibition and the experience of social anxiety in American Indian adolescents. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2007 Jul; 13(3):197-206. West AE, Newman DL. PMID: 17638476.
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    39. Maintenance model of integrated psychosocial treatment in pediatric bipolar disorder: A pilot feasibility study. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2007 Feb; 46(2):205-12. West AE, Henry DB, Pavuluri MN. PMID: 17242624.
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