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Alumni Spotlight #2: Amber West, Ph.D.

Alumni Spotlight:  Amber West, Ph.D.

 Amber West earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from PAU in 2001. She entered graduate school with the intention of being a child advocate, and became interested in neuropsychology. “The highlight for me at PAU was the opportunity to work with Professors Amy Wisniewski and Christine Zalewski,” says Dr. West. “They are influential, supportive, and challenging professors who manage to blend the program demands with a level of support that you don’t see in the average professor. And they make the work interesting and fun.”

Dr. West’s postdoctoral training included pediatric neuropsychology in the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and adolescent psychology at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia. She served as administrator at the Crisis Response Center at Friends Hospital in 2002 before starting her consultancy, Behavioral Health Consulting Group, in Philadelphia in 2003.

As regional consultant for Job Corps, a division of the Department of Labor, Dr. West works with at-risk youth who drop out of school. “Ever since high school I wanted to be a voice for kids,” she says. “Health and child welfare is my passion, and education is a huge part of that. We’re looking at ways to streamline the education system to find ways to prevent dropouts.”

 
 
 

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