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Amy J. Elliott

Amy J. Elliott, PhD

"We aim to discover how we can change environment and behavior in such a way that optimizes child health and development – positively changing the trajectory of their lives."

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About Me

Amy Elliott, PhD, Chief Clinical Research Officer at Avera Research Institute, leads a research team – with offices in Sioux Falls, Pine Ridge and Rapid City, SD – focused on improving child health and development through community-based research.

Scientific Research Expertise in Child Health & Development

Dr. Elliott is the principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health (NIH) research projects including the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Study, an initiative to reduce infant mortality in American Indian communities.

“The best part of our work is that it originates from where it’s needed most – the communities,” she says. “Then we bring our research expertise to help find meaningful answers that can have an almost immediate impact on child health and development.”

Dr. Elliott’s areas of scientific research and scholarly interest include:

  • Early childhood development
  • Environmental exposures
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  • Fetal and infant mortality, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Health disparities
  • Maternal child health
  • Pediatric sleep disturbance
  • Population health

Learn more about Dr. Elliott’s pediatric and community research.

Dr. Elliott also holds professor and research positions at The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

View list of Dr. Elliott's research publications

Active Lifestyle

In her free time, Dr. Elliott enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband and daughter. “We like to escape to our home on Lake Madison, travel, cook and eat together,” she laughs.



Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Clinical Psychology

North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, Clinical Psychology

Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota, Psychology


University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, LEND Post-Doctoral, Behavioral Pediatrics & Genetics

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, LEND Predoctoral Intern, Behavioral Pediatrics & Genetics

Honors, Awards, etc.

  • 2015 - Best Poster Award - Briton, NH, Noble, KG, Myers, MM, Fifter, WP, & Elliott, AJ. (July 2015). Associations between socioeconomic status, EEG power at birth, and cognitive skills during infancy. Poster presentation at the International Society for Development Psychobiology. San Sebastian, Spain
  • 2015 - Nominee for the Pearl Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, Boston, MA
  • 2014 - Distinguished Researcher Award, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine


  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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