Amy B. Lewin
Dr. Lewin is an Associate Professor in Family Science, in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland in 2014, she was on the faculty at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Lewin works to develop and evaluate community-based interventions. Her goal is to strengthen the health and well-being of marginalized youth and families, specifically socioeconomically disadvantaged ethnic and racial minority youth who face significant disparities in health and education. The primary focus of her research is on the reproductive health and mental health of adolescents. She recently led a study evaluating a comprehensive primary care intervention for teen parents and their children. As a result, this intervention has been officially designated as an evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention program by the federal Office of Adolescent Health. A community-engaged researcher who prioritizes community participation in research, Dr. Lewin continues to collaborate with multiple community partners that serve youth and families, including Identity, Inc., a youth development organization that serves the Latino community in Montgomery County. Dr. Lewin’s research interests include teen pregnancy, parenting, and coparenting; integration of mental health care into youth-serving organizations, trauma and resilience in Latino immigrant youth and families, community-engaged program evaluation, and the development of interventions to address social, cultural, and familial determinants of health and health disparities. Dr. Lewin currently leads two research teams: the Teen Pregnancy and Parenting team, and the LIFE (Latino Immigrant Family Experiences) working group which includes faculty, students, and community partners.
B.A. Duke University, Durham, NC, Psychology, 1989
Psy.D. Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, Clinical Psychology, 1995
NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1997-1999
- FMSC 332 - Children in Families
- FMSC 660 - Program Planning and Evaluation in Family Science
- 2019 University of Maryland Graduate Mentor of the Year
- 2019 Honoree, Maryland Research Excellence Celebration
- 2018 UMD School of Public Health Leda Amick Wilson Mentoring Award
- 2018 Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society
- 2017-present Associate Editor, Journal of Adolescent Research
- 2016 Named a Research Leader at the University of Maryland
- 1995 Rutgers University Cyril M. Franks Award for Excellence in Research
- 1989-1992 Rutgers University Board of Trustees Fellowship
Lewin, A., Hurtado, G.A., & Russell, B. (in press). Redefining rigor: Developing an equitable evidence base for family program evaluation. In K. Adamsons, A. Few Demo, C. Proulx, & K. Roy (Eds.), Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methodologies. Springer Publications.
Refereed Journal Articles
Lewin, A., Mitchell, S. J., Quinn, D. A., Street, T. M., Schmitz, K., & Beers, L. S. (2019). A primary care intervention to prevent repeat pregnancy among teen mothers. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 56(3), 404-410.
Quinn, D. A. & Lewin, A. (2019). Family factors associated with emerging adults’ human papillomavirus vaccine behavior. Journal of American College Health, 1-8.
Quinn, D. A. & Lewin, A. (2019). Family religiosity, parental monitoring, and emerging adults’ sexual behavior. Religions 10(2), 114.
Assini-Meytin, L., Mitchell, S. J., & Lewin, A. (2018). Support relationships and teen mothers’ school retention at one year postpartum. Journal of Community Psychology, 46(6), 734-746.
Hodgkinson, S., Godoy, L., Beers, L., & Lewin, A. (2017). Improving mental health access for low-income children and families in the primary care setting. Pediatrics 139(1), e20151175. .
Quinn, D., Mitchell, S.J., & Lewin, A. (2017). The role of teen mothers’ support relationships in maintenance of contraceptive use. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology30(1), 35-40.
Lewin, A., Mitchell, S.J., Beers, L., Schmitz, K., & Boudreaux, M. (2016). Improved contraceptive use among teen mothers in a patient-centered medical home. Journal of Adolescent Health, 59(2), 171-176.
Lewin, A., Hodgkinson, S., Waters, D.M., Prempeh, H.A., Beers, L.S., & Feinberg, M.E. (2015). Strengthening positive coparenting in teen parents: A cultural adaptation of an evidence-based intervention. Journal of Primary Prevention, 36(2), 139-154.
Lewin, A., Mitchell, S.J., Waters, D., Hodgkinson, S., Southammakosane, C., & Gilmore, J. (2015). The Protective effects of father involvement for infants of teen mothers with depressive symptoms. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(5), 1016-1023.
Lewin, A., Mitchell, S.J., Hodgkinson, S., Beers, L.S., & Gilmore, J. (2014). Pregnancy intentions among expectant adolescent couples. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 27(3), 172-176.
Hodgkinson, S., Beers, L.S., Southammakosane, C., & Lewin, A. (2014). Addressing the needs of pregnant and parenting adolescent mothers. Pediatrics, 133(1), 114-122.
Lewin, A., Mitchell, S.J., & Ronzio, C.R. (2013). Developmental differences in parenting behavior: Comparing adolescent, emerging adult, and adult mothers. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 59(1), 23-49.
Lewin, A., Mitchell, S.J., Beers, L.S., Feinberg, M.E., & Minkovitz, C.S. (2012). Coparenting in teen mothers and their children’s fathers: Evidence from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study – Birth Cohort. Academic Pediatrics, 12(5) 539-545.
Huang, Z.J., Lewin, A., Mitchell, S.J., & Zhang, J. (2012). Variations in the relationship between maternal depression, maternal sensitivity, and child attachment by race/ethnicity and nativity: Findings from a nationally representative cohort study. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16(1), 40-50.
Lewin, A., Mitchell, S.J., Hodgkinson, S., Burrell, L., Beers, L.S. & Duggan, A. (2011). Parental nurturance and the mental health and parenting of urban African American adolescent mothers. Journal of Family Social Work, 14(4), 311-325.
Lewin, A., Mitchell, S.J., Burrell, L., Beers, L.S. & Duggan, A. (2011). Patterns and predictors of involvement among fathers of children born to adolescent mothers. Journal of Family Social Work, 14(4), 335-353.
Lewin, A., Mitchell, S.J., Rasmussen, A., Sanders-Phillips, K., & Joseph, J.G. (2011). Do human and social capital protect young African American mothers from depression associated with ethnic discrimination and violence exposure? Journal of Black Psychology, 37(3), 286-310.
Mitchell, S.J., Lewin, A., Rasmussen, A., Horn, I.B., & Joseph, J.G. (2011). Maternal distress explains the relationship of young African American mothers’ violence exposure with their preschoolers’ behavior. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(3), 580-603.
Mitchell, S.J., Lewin, A., Horn, I.B., Valentine, D., Sanders-Phillips, K., & Joseph, J.G. (2010). How does violence exposure affect the psychological health and parenting of young African American mothers? Social Science & Medicine, 70(4), 526-533.
Mitchell, S.J., Lewin, A., & Joseph, J. G. (2009). Exploring gender differences in the association between young African American mothers’ reports of preschoolers’ violence exposure and problem behavior. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38(4), 576-581.
Mitchell, S. J., Lewin, A., Horn, I. B., Rasmussen, A., Sanders-Phillips, K., Valentine, D., & Joseph, J. G. (2009). Violence exposure and the association between young African American mothers’ harsh discipline and child problem behavior. Academic Pediatrics, 9(3), 157-163.
Horn, I.B., Lewin, A., Turner-Musa, J., Edwards, M.C., and Joseph, J.G. (2006). The use of AAP-recommended disciplinary practice guidelines among African American caregivers of children in Head Start programs. Public Health Reports, 121(3), 324-30.
Razzino, B., New, M., Lewin, A., & Joseph, J. (2004). Head Start parents' need and utilization of mental health services. Psychiatric Services, 55(5), 583-586.
New, M. Razzino, B., Lewin, A., Schlumpf, K, and Joseph, J.G. (2002). Mental health service use in a community Head Start population. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 156(7), 721-727.