Amanda provides research consultation on a range of projects, with particular focus on public health initiatives aimed at reducing health disparities. She specializes in qualitative and mixed methods approaches, as well as participatory methods of evaluation.
Amanda has a master’s degree in Human Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a second master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Wilder, she worked with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality on research related to supporting emerging leadership in rural communities, and she has worked at a number of human service organizations in the metro area. Her research interests include anti-poverty initiatives, mental health, prevention science, leadership development, and community-based participatory research.