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Amie Duncan, PhD


  • Clinical Psychologist, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
My approach to care is holistic. I first take into account the individual’s unique set of strengths and challenges. But I also focus on their family, environmental, school and community factors to address the whole system.

About

Biography

I’m a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) develop the necessary skills to make a successful transition to the adult world in the areas of employment, independent living and community participation.

I have been working with children with ASD for nearly 20 years. While helping to develop a college support program for undergraduates with ASD, I saw firsthand how challenges with daily living skills, social skills and executive functioning could impact their success at many levels. This drew me toward helping adolescents and adults.

My approach to care is holistic. I first take into account the individual’s unique set of strengths and challenges. But I also focus on their family, environmental, school and community factors to address the whole system.

In addition to helping patients, I do research that focuses on developing and evaluating interventions that target daily living skills. These include doing laundry, managing money, cooking and personal hygiene. My colleagues and I also study academic executive functioning skills such as organization, planning and prioritizing. Our research goes beyond skill-building in the adolescents with ASD, to working with their parents and teachers. We seek to provide both parents and teachers with the necessary coaching and support to increase success and quality of life for their children or students.

When I’m not helping patients, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our three kids and our dog. My favorite things to do on the weekend are gardening and sitting on the porch reading or hanging out with family and friends.

Publications

Selected

Academic Needs in Middle School: Perspectives of Parents and Youth with Autism. Tamm, L; Duncan, A; Vaughn, A; McDade, R; Estell, N; Birnschein, A; Crosby, L. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2020; 50:3126-3139.

Selected

Clinical correlates of sluggish cognitive tempo in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Duncan, A; Tamm, L; Birnschein, AM; Becker, SP. Autism. 2019; 23:1354-1362.

Selected

Preliminary efficacy of a daily living skills intervention for adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. Duncan, A; Ruble, LA; Meinzen-Derr, J; Thomas, C; Stark, LJ. Autism. 2018; 22:983-994.

Selected

Evidenced-Based Interventions for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Will, MN; Currans, K; Smith, J; Weber, S; Duncan, A; Burton, J; Kroeger-Geoppinger, K; Miller, V; Stone, M; Mays, L; et al. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. 2018; 48:234-249.

Selected

Training clinicians to deliver group CBT to manage anxiety in youth with ASD: Results of a multisite trial. Reaven, J; Moody, EJ; Grofer Klinger, L; Keefer, A; Duncan, A; O'Kelley, S; Meyer, A; Hepburn, S; Blakeley-Smith, A. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 2018; 86:205-217.

School Challenges and Services Related to Executive Functioning for Fully Included Middle Schoolers With Autism. Duncan, A; Risley, S; Combs, A; Lacey, HM; Hamik, E; Fershtman, C; Kneeskern, E; Patel, M; Crosby, L; Hood, AM; et al. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. 2022.

Improving academic performance through a school-based intervention targeting academic executive functions – a pilot study. Tamm, L; Risley, SM; Hamik, E; Combs, A; Jones, LB; Patronick, J; Yeung, TS; Zoromski, AK; Duncan, A. British Journal of Developmental Disabilities. 2022; 1-9.

The Role of Maternal Anxiety in Treatment Response for Youth with ASD and Co-occurring Anxiety. DeVries, L; Pickard, K; Boles, R; Blakeley-Smith, A; Duncan, A; Keefer, A; Klinger, L; Meyer, A; Reaven, J. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 2022.

Microanalysis of Daily Living Skills in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder without an intellectual disability. Glover, M; Liddle, M; Fassler, C; Duncan, A. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2022.

Comparison of Adaptive Functioning Measures in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder Without Intellectual Disability. Tamm, L; Day, HA; Duncan, A. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2022; 52:1247-1256.

From the Blog


Back To School: How To Help Build Executive Functioning Skills
BlogLearning and Growing

Back To School: How To Help Build Executive Functioning Skills

By Amie Duncan, PhD8/9/2022

“Adulting” With Your Teen: How To Teach Important Life Skills
BlogHealthy Living

“Adulting” With Your Teen: How To Teach Important Life Skills

By Amie Duncan, PhD3/25/2021

Easing Back-to-School Jitters After A Long Summer
BlogChild Development and Behavior

Easing Back-to-School Jitters After A Long Summer

By Amie Duncan, PhD7/7/2020

7 Tips to Mentally Prepare Your Child for the School Year
BlogChild Development and Behavior

7 Tips to Mentally Prepare Your Child for the School Year

By Amie Duncan, PhD8/10/2017

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