Amy M. Smith Slep received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University in 1995. She is a Professor at New York University and co-directs the Family Translational Research Group. Her group comprises an interdisciplinary team of researchers focused on understanding violence in families and the effective implementation of prevention approaches. Dr. Slep’s research focuses on many different aspects of conflict and violence in relationships and families: the development of dysfunctional parenting, the connections between parenting and partner conflict, the dynamics of conflict escalation and de-escalation in productive and destructive conflicts, what facets of exposure to conflict impact health and how these impacts can be buffered, and how to best prevent problems and improve health.
She is also focused on how communities can improve population risk profiles and best implement evidence-based prevention practices. Her work on definitions of maltreatment has resulted in definitions that are now being used throughout the U.S. military, are being implemented across the state of Alaska, have influenced the DSM, and are being included in the ICD-11. Her research has included understanding how family problems affect oral health, and she is conducting implementation science research to understand how to implement effective interventions for dental fear in a manner that increases uptake in typical dental practices. She has published over 150 scientific articles and book chapters and has received approximately 70 federal research grants to support her work. She is a licensed clinical psychologist.