Amy Graham

Amy Graham

Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology; Dual Title Infant Mental Health
Research Fellow, The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute


The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
71 E. Ferry, Detroit MI 

Curriculum vitae

Amy Graham

Amy Graham is a Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, with a Dual Title in Infant Mental Health.  She is also a Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Research Fellow, advised by Dr. Steven Ondersma in the Parent Health Lab.   Her research interests include the development and optimization of E-Health interventions for the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and substance exposed pregnancies.  

Amy sees clients at Wayne State University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Wayne State Psychology Clinic, where she provides compete psychological assessments and treatment for anxiety, depression, substance use disorders and other psychopathology. Additionally, Amy leads a student substance use support group for cannabis use.  

Amy received her BA in Psychology (summa cum laude) from Wayne State University, where she was named a Phi Beta Kappa.
Amy is currently serving on the WCCC Eastside Advisory Board.  

She lives in Grosse Pointe Park with her four children.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Brief E-Health and M-Health interventions  
  • Perinatal substance use
  • Substance use disorders
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness based stress reduction
  • Mindfulness based cognitive therapy
  • Trauma
  • Ethyl glucunronide and ethyl sulfate assay detection limitations



  • Brief E-Health and M-Health Interventions
  • Prevention of Unwanted Pregnancies
  • Prevention of Substance Exposed Pregnancies
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Substance Use Disorders in the Perinatal and Postpartum Periods
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder
  • Cannabis Use Disorder 



Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, Dual Title, Infant Mental Health. Bachelor of Arts, Psychology. Wayne State University. Summa Cum Laude

Awards and grants

2014-2015  Wayne State University Graduate Professional Scholarship.  This full tuition scholarship is awarded annually by the WSU Graduate School.   

2015-2016 Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Research Award.  This full tuition schoarship was awarded by the faculty of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. 

2015 INEBRIA Student Research Travel Award

Phi Beta Kappa Member

Wayne State University Psychology Department Research Travel Award

Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Research Travel Award

Currently teaching

PSY 2410 Health Psychology

Courses taught

  • PSY 2400 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 3310 Abnormal Psychology