Amanda M. Balkhi, Ph.D.

Experience

2018 - Present 

Executive Director

Balkhi Foundation

2011 - 2016 

Graduate Research Assistant 

Division of Medical Psychology

Department of Psychiatry 

University of Florida

Education and Training

2015-2016

APA Accredited Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

Pediatric/Clinical Child HRSA Underserved Internship Program 

Department of Clinical and Health Psychology 

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Internship Director: Lori Waxenberg, Ph.D., ABPP

2011-2016

Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science                
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Major: Clinical Psychology, Emphasis: Pediatric/Clinical Child Psychology
Dissertation and Thesis Chair: Gary Geffken, Ph.D.

2008- 2011

Bachelor of Science

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Major: Psychology, Minor Concentration: Leadership

Clinical Experience

2019 - Present 

Licensed Psychologist 

Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology

2015 - 2016

APA Accredited Internship

Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Clinical Rotations:

  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Service
  • Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic
  • Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Clinical Child Assessment Clinic
  • Autism and Neurodevelopmental Assessment Clinic
  • Medical Psychological Assessment Clinic
  • Pediatric Psychology Inpatient Service
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinic
  • Pediatric Primary Care Clinic

2012 - 2015

Graduate Clinical Training

Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Clinical Experiences:

  • Pediatric Crainofacial Anomalies Clinic 
  • Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic
  • Pediatric HIV/Infectious Disease Clinic
    • Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic
  • General Mental Health Clinic
  • Adult Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Clinical Child Assessment
  • Medical/Health Psychology Assessment
  • Fear and Anxiety Disorders Clinic
  • Pediatric Psychology Inpatient Service
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinic

2012 - 2015

Graduate Clinical Training

Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Clinical Experiences:

  • Pediatric Crainofacial Anomalies Clinic 
  • Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic
  • Pediatric HIV/Infectious Disease Clinic
    • Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic
  • General Mental Health Clinic
  • Adult Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Clinical Child Assessment
  • Medical/Health Psychology Assessment
  • Fear and Anxiety Disorders Clinic
  • Pediatric Psychology Inpatient Service
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinic

Publications

Guzick, A.G., Reid, A.M., Balkhi, A.M., Geffken, G.R., & McNamara, J.P.H. (2018). That was easy! Expectancy violations during exposure and response prevention for childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behavior Modification.

 

Balkhi, A.M., Reid, A.M., Guzick, A.G., Geffken, G.R., & McNamara, J.P.H. (2016). The progressive cascading model: A scalable model for teaching and mentoring graduate trainees in exposure therapy. Journal of Obsessive Complusive and Related Disorders9, 36-42.

 

Balkhi, A.M., Reid, A.M., Westen, S.C., Olsen, B., Janicke, D.M., & Geffken, G.R. (2015). Telehealth Interventions to Reduce Management Complications in Type 1 Diabetes: A Review. World Journal of Diabetes. 6(3), 371-379.

 

Balkhi, A.M., Olsen, B., Lazaroe, L., Silverstein, J, & Geffken, G.R. (2015). Paging Dr. Google: Parents’ Report of Internet Use for Type 1 Diabetes Management. Diabetes Care, 38 (2), e18-19. DOI: 10.2337/dc14-2461

 

Reid, A. M., Graziano, P. A., Balkhi, A. M., McNamara, J. P. H., Cottler, L., Meneses, E. & Geffken, G. R. (2015). The risk of frequent non-prescription stimulant use in college students: The Role of Effortful Control. Journal of American College Health, 63(1), 23-30.

 

Balkhi, A.M., Jacob, M.L., Reid, A.M., Munson, M.S., Katz, R., Geffken, G.R., & McNamara, J.P.H. (In Press). The impact of family on treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In C.W. Lack (Ed.), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Etiology, Phenomenology, and Treatment. United Kingdom: Onus Books.

 

Balkhi, A.M., Reid, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H., Geffken, G. (2014). The Diabetes Online Community: The Importance of Forum Use in Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes , 15(6), 408-415.

 

McNamara, J. P. H., Reid, A. M., Balkhi, A. M., Bussing, R., Storch E. A., Murphy, T. K., Graziano, P. A., Guzick, A., & Geffken, G. R. (2014). Self-Regulation and Other Executive Functions Relationship to Pediatric OCD Severity and Treatment Outcome. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 36(3), 432-442.

 

McNamara, J. P., Wang, J., Holiday, D. B., Warren, J. Y., Paradoa, M., Balkhi, A. M., ... & McCrae, C. S. (2014). Sleep disturbances associated with cigarette smoking. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 19(4), 410-419.

 

Reid, A. M., Balkhi, A. M., St. Amant, J., McNamara, J. P. H., Silverstein, J. H., Navia, L., & Geffken, G. R. (2013). Relationships between quality of life, family factors, adherence, and glycemic control in pediatric patients with Type 1 Diabetes. Childrens Health Care, 42 (4).

 

Balkhi, A. M., Parent, M. C., & Mayor, M. M. (2013). Impact of perceived weight discrimination on patient satisfaction and physician trust. Fat Studies. 2(1), 45-50.

Teaching Experience

Fall 2013 - Spring 2015

Medical Bioethics

Course Coordinator

Online Graduate Course of 8-10 Graduate Students

Summer 2013 - Spring 2015

Diseases of Eating

Course Coordinator

Online Undergraduate Course of 150-500 Undergraduate Students

Summer 2012 - Spring 2015

Principles of Bioethics

Course Coordinator

Online Undergraduate Course of 10-25 Undergraduate Students

Presentations

*Denotes presentation includes an undergraduate mentee

Guzick, A.G., Reid, A.M., Balkhi, A.M., Geffken, G.R., & McNamara, J.P.H. (2020, March). Investigating parental expectancy violations and changes in accommodation during exposure and response prevention for children and adolescents with OCD. Poster to be presented at the 2020 meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), San Antonio, TX.

 

Flores, C.G., Hancock-Smith, A. D., Parekh, N., Balkhi, A. (November 2014). Habit Reversal Therapy for the Treatment of Tic and Tourette’s Disorder. Presented at the 40th Annual Florida Association of School Psychologists, Sarasota, FL.

 

Reid, A. M., McNamara, J. P. H., Balkhi, A. M., Bussing, R., Storch, E. A., Murphy, T. K., & Geffken, G. R. (2014, November). The role of executive functioning in the symptom severity and treatment outcome for pediatric obsessive-compulsive symptoms. In R. R. Selles (Chair), Treatment Factors in Childhood Anxiety and OCD. Symposium to conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Balkhi, A.M., Olsen, B., Lazaroe, L., Silverstein, J. & Geffken, G.R. (August, 2014). Managing Diabetes Online: A Clinic Based Prevalence Study of Internet Use in Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes. Poster Presented at the 2014 American Psychological Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

 

Fernandez, A.*, Reid, A.M., Balkhi, A., Chou, C., Deacon, B., Geffken, G., McNamara, J.P.H., Flores, C. (2014, February). The effects of therapist anxiety and disgust sensitivity on exposure therapy implementation for the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders. Poster to be presented at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Miami, FL.

 

Reid, A.M., Meyer, J.M., Balkhi, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H., & Flores, C. (July 2013). Emerging Research on Treatment Outcomes for Pediatric OCD. Symposium to be presented at the International OCD Foundation’s 20th Annual OCD Conference.

 

Balkhi, A.M., Reid, A.M., McNamara, J.P.H., Flores, C., & Callahan, C. (July 2013). OCD +: Treatment Considerations and Recommendations for Patients with Dual Diagnoses. Symposium to be presented at the International OCD Foundation’s 20th Annual OCD Conference.

 

Balkhi, A.M., Reid, A.M., McNamara, J., & Geffken, G.R.. (April, 2013). Quantifying the Diabetes Online Community: The Impact on Parenting Behaviors. Poster Presented at the 2013 National Conference in Pediatric Psychology.

 

Reid, A.M., Balkhi, A.M., St. Amant, J., Navia, L., Silerstein, J., Geffken, G. (April, 2013). Relationships Between Quality of Life, Family Factors, Adherence, and Glycemic Control in Pediatric Patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Poster Presented at the 2013 National Conference in Pediatric Psychology.

 

Navia, L.*, Balkhi, A.M., McNamara, J., Geffken, G., & Storch, E.A (April, 2013). Depression, Social Anxiety, and Peer Victimization: The Effects of Loneliness and Social Problems on Children with Endocrine Disorders. Poster Presented at the 2013 National Conference in Pediatric Psychology.

 

Balkhi, A.M. (November 2012). Quantifying the Diabetes Online Community: An Investigation of Online Relationships. Presentation at the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology Annual Fall Research Symposium.

 

Heesacker, M., Lim, C., Locker, T.K., Balkhi, A.M. (August 2012). Fat Stigma Across the Life-Span:Interpersonal, Psychological, Occupational, and Medical Consequences. Symposium  presented at the 2012 American Psychological Association Annual Convention. 

 

Augusto, B.* (March 2012). Use of Subjective and Objective Sleep Measures to Investigate How Internalizing Symptoms and Sleep Influence Non-Clinical Obsessions and Compulsions. Poster presentation by Undergraduate Mentee at 13th Annual UF Undergraduate Research Symposium.

 

Roberts, A. M., Mayor, M. & Parent, M.C. (March 2011). Factors Influencing Physician Trust and PatientSatisfaction. Poster presentation at Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting.

 

Roberts, A. M. (February 2011). Factors Influencing Physician Trust and Patient Satisfaction.Presentation to University of Florida Psychology Club.

 

Nackers, L. M., Dubyak, P. J., Durning, P. E., von Castel-Roberts, K. M., Lane, C.L., Roberts, A. M., Anton, S. D. & Perri, M. D.. (July, 2011). Improving lifestyle interventions for obesity: The effects of moderate versus mild caloric restriction and large versus small group size. Abstract Presented at 2011 Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference.

Committee and Board Participation 

2021 - Present

Psychology Advisory Board

Department of Psychology 

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2014 - 2016

Blended Learning Task Force

College of Public Health and Health Professions

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

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