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Amy M. Slep Smith, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
Professor
Cariology and Comprehensive Care
Room VA2SO Dental Center, 421 First Avenue
Fax: 212-998-9761
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Education:

1995    Ph.D. SUNY Stony Brook    Clinical Psychology

1993    M.A.  SUNY Stony Brook    Psychology

1987    B.A.   University of Delaware    Psychology

 

Research Interests / Professional Overview:

Amy M. Smith Slep received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University in 1995. She is now Professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at NYU. Along with her collaborator, she co-directs the Family Translational Research Group, which includes over 20 research staff and students focused on understanding violence in families. Dr. Slep’s research focuses on many different aspects of conflict and violence in families: the development of dysfunctional parenting, the connections between parenting and partner conflict, the dynamics of conflict escalation and de-escalation in productive and destructive conflicts, what facets of exposure to violence impact children’s functioning and how these impacts can be buffered, and how to best prevent family violence. Her work on definitions of maltreatment has resulted in definitions that are now being used through the military. She has published over 70 scientific articles and book chapters and has received nearly 40 federal research grants. She is a licensed clinical psychologist.

 

Current Funding:

 “Planning Parental/Motivational Interventions to Prevent Early Childhood Caries”       

Principal Investigators: Amy M. Smith Slep and Richard E. Heyman

Agency: NIDCR

Direct costs: $322,000

Type: Grant (1R34DE022269-01)

Period: 09/23/2011 – 08/31/2013 

 

“’Couple CARE for Parents’: A Dyadic Approach to Preventing IPV’

Principal Investigators: Amy M. Smith Slep and Richard E. Heyman

Agency: Centers for Disease Control

Total Costs: $1,999,998

Type: Cooperative Agreement (U49/CE001246)

Period: 9/30/07 – 9/29/12

  

“Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence Against Women Prevention and Response Project”

Principle Investigator: Tamara DelVecchio (Subcontract-PI: Slep)

Agency:  Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

Subcontract Direct Costs” $81,000

Type: Grant (pending)

Period: 10/01/11-9/30/14

 

“Stigma and Mental Health in the AF”

Principal Investigators: Amy M. Smith Slep and Richard E. Heyman

Agency: USDA/Kansas State University/US AF FAP

Total Costs $180,000

Type: Contract (to be assigned)

Period: 10/01/11-9/30/13

 

“Revising the DoD FAP Severity Scales”

Principal Investigators: Richard E. Heyman and Amy M. Smith Slep

Agency: USDA/Kansas State University/ USAF FAP

Total Costs $63,000

Type: Contract (to be assigned)

Period: 10/01/11-9/30/12

 

“Developing a Family Advocacy Program Desk Reference Guide for the Marine Corps Family Advocacy Program”

Principal Investigators: Amy M. Smith Slep and Richard E. Heyman

Agency: United States Marines    

Total costs: $83,362.12

Type: Grant (H0111-R-0001)

Period:  9/1/2011-8/31/2016          

 

“Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve the Effectiveness of the NORTH STAR Prevention Framework by Embedding Evidence-Based Prevention Within the Military Unit”

Principal Investigators: Amy M. Smith Slep and Richard E. Heyman

Agency: Department of Defense

Total costs: $3,453,998

Type: Grant (10600451)

Period: 9/30/2011-9/29/2016         

 

“Unlocking the Power of the Military Social Network”

Principal Investigators: Richard E. Heyman and Amy M. Smith Slep

Agency: DoD

Total Costs $1,538,462

Type: Cooperative Agreement (DM102555)

Period: 04/01/11-3/31/14

 

 “Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence Against Women Prevention and Response Project”

Principle Investigator: Smita Majumdar Das (Co-PI: Slep)

Agency:  Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

Direct Costs” $298,276

Type: Grant (2009WA-AX-001)

Period:  10/01/09-09/30/12

 

 

 

Representative Publications:

+Foran, H. M., Slep, A. M. S., Heyman, R. E., & Beach, S. (Eds.) (in press). Family Problems and Family Violence: Reliable Assessment and the ICD-11. New York: Springer.

Lorber, M. F., O’Leary, S. G., & Slep, A. M. S. (in press). An Initial Evaluation of the Role of Emotion and Impulsivity in Explaining Racial/Ethnic Differences in Corporal Punishment. Developmental Psychology.

O’Leary, K.D., & Slep. A. M. S. (in press). Prevention of Partner Violence by Focusing on Behaviors of Both Young Males and Females. Prevention Science.

+Foran, H. M., Heyman, R. E., Slep, A. M. S., & US Air Force Family Advocacy Program (2011). Hazardous drinking and military community functioning: Identifying mediating risk factors. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 521-532.

 

Slep, A. M. S., Foran, H. M., Heyman, R. E., & Snarr, J. D. (2010). Unique risk and protective factors for partner aggression in a large scale Air Force survey. Journal of Community Health, 35, 375-383.

+Snarr, J. D., Heyman, R. E., & Slep, A. M. S. (2010). Recent suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in a large-scale survey of the U.S. Air Force: Prevalences and demographic risk factors. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 40, 544-552.

*Dowling, C. A., Slep, A. M. S., & O’Leary, S. G. (2009). Understanding preemptive parenting: Relations with toddlers' misbehavior, overreactive and lax discipline, and praise. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38, 850-857.

Fritz, P. T. & Slep, A. M. S. (2009). Stability of Physical and Psychological Adolescent Dating Aggression Across Time and Partners. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38, 303-314.

 

Heyman, R. E., & Slep, A. M. S. (2009). Reliability of Family Maltreatment Diagnostic Criteria: 41 Site Dissemination Field Trial. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 905-910.

 

Slep, A. M. S. & O’Leary, S. G. (2009). Distinguishing risk profiles among parent-only, partner-only, and dually-perpetrating physical aggressors. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 705-716.

Slep, A. M. S. & Heyman, R. E (2008). Public health approaches to family maltreatment prevention: Resetting family psychology’s sights from the home to the community. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 518-528.

O’Leary, K. D., Slep, A. M. S., & O’Leary, S. G. (2007). Multivariate models of men’s and women’s partner aggression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 752-764.

Slep, A. M. S. & O’Leary, S. G. (2007). Multivariate models of mothers’ and fathers’ aggression toward their children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 739-751.