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About Amanda Fairchild

Dr. Fairchild joined the Department of Psychology in fall 2008, after graduating from Arizona State University in 2008 with a PhD in Quantitative Psychology. Dr. Fairchild's primary research foci involve statistical mediation analysis and how this area of methodology can enhance the science of prevention, particularly for developmental trajectories of substance use and other health outcomes.
Dr. Fairchild’s research is currently supported by an R01 awarded from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “Mediation in Survival and Onset-to-Growth Models Applied to Youth Substance Onset.” This grant focuses on developing methodology for studying developmental pathways leading to onset of health-related outcomes over time. In particular, the project is studying and refining statistical mediation analysis with discrete-time survival outcomes and onset-to-growth models via statistical simulation work and application to real data.
In addition to her primary research in methodology, Dr. Fairchild also collaborates with several colleagues on substantive research projects. This substantive work focuses mainly on prevention of child maltreatment, and involves different NIH-funded projects with Dr. Ron Prinz and others.


Present Associate Professor, University of South Carolina - Columbia

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Quantitative Psychology

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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Clinical-Community Program, Department of Psychology, University of South Carolina
  • Two Thumbs Up Faculty Award, University of South Carolina
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in Scholarship & Research Award, James Madison University
  • Poster Finalist, VPA Spring Convention
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Contact Information

Phone: (803) 777-5756
Address: Department of Psychology
University of South Carolina
Barnwell 514
Columbia, SC 29208


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