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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 Center for Pediatric & Community Research, 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 and the Safe Passage study examining environmental influences on child health outcomes.

“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.

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.

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


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Peer-reviewed (individuals in training - italics)

  1. Goldstein, RD, Lederman, RI, Lictenthal, W, Morris, SE, Human, M, Elliott, AJ, Tobacco, D, Angal, J, Odendaal, H, Kinney, HC, Prigerson, HG for the PASS Network. (in press). The grief of mothers after the sudden, unexpected death of their infants. Pediatrics.
  2. May, PA, Chambers, CD, Kalberg, WO, Zellner, J, Feldman, H, Buckley, D, Kopald, D, Hasken, JM, Xu, R, Honerkamp-Smith, G, Taras, H, Manning, MA, Robinson, LK, Adam, MP, Abdul-Rahman, O, Vaux, K, Jewett, T, Elliott, AJ, Kable, J, Akshoomoff, N, Dunty, W, Falk, D, Arroyo, J, Herald, D, Riley, EP, Charness, M, Coles, C, Warren, KR, Jones, KL, Hoyme, HE. (2018). Prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in four communities of the United States: Results from the Collaboration on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevalence (CoFASP). Journal of the American Medical Association, 319(5), 484-482.
  3. Singinger, YS, Condon, CG, Hoffman, HJ, Elliott, AJ, Odendaal, HJ, Burd, LL, Myers, MM, Fifer, WP. (in press). Transient optoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem responses in low-risk cohort of newborn and one-month-old infants: Assessment of infant auditory system physiology in the Prenatal Alcohol in SIDS and Stillbirth Network Safe Passage Study. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
  4. Odendaal, H, Groenewald, C, Hankins, GDV, du Plessis, C, Myers, MM, Fifer, WP, for the PASS Network (Elliott member). Transabdominal recordings of fetal heart rate in extremely small fetuses. (2017). Journal of Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 12, 1-4. [epub ahead of print] PMID: 29065802
  5. Dukes, KA, Tripp, T, Willinger, M, Odendaal, H, Elliott AJ, Kinney, HC, Robinson, F, Petersen, JM, Raffo, C, Hereld, D, Groenewald, C, Angal, J, Hankins, G, Burd, L, Fifer, WP, Myers, MM, Hoffman, HJ, Sullivan, L, and the PASS Network. (2017). Drinking and smoking patterns during pregnancy: Development of group-based trajectories in the Safe Passage Study.  Alcohol, 62, 49-60. PMID: 28755751
  6. Dukes, KA, Tripp, T, Burd, L, Robinson, F, Petersen, JM, Odendaal, H, Elliott, AJ, Willinger, M, Hereld, D, Raffo, C, Groenewald, C, Angal, J, Young, R, & Signore, C for the PASS Network. (2017).  A modified Timeline Followback assessment to capture alcohol exposure in pregnant women: Application in the Safe Passage Study.  Alcohol, 62, 17-27. PMID: 28755748
  7. Geldenhuys, E, Coldrey, J, Wright, C, Schubert, P, Nel, D, Groenewald, C, Brink, L, Roberts, D, Boyd, TK, Odendaal, H, & the PASS Network (Elliott member). (2017). Fetal foot length at delivery as a tool for determining gestational length in non-macerated stillbirths.  International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 138(1), 107-112.  PMID:  28391625.
  8. Myers, MM, Elliott, AJ, Odendaal, HJ, Burd, L, Angal, J, Groenewald, C, Nugent, JD, Isler, JR, Fifer, WP, & the PASS Network. (2017). Cardiorespiratory physiology in the Safe Passage Study: Protocol, methods and normative values in unexposed infants.  Acta Paediatrica, 106(8), 1260-1272. PMID: 28419567
  9. Boyd, TK, Wright, CA, Odendaal, HJ, Elliott, AJ, Sens, MA, Folkerth, RD, Roberts, DJ, Kinney, HC, for the PASS Network. (2017). The stillbirth classification system for the Safe Passage Study:  Incorporating mechanism, etiology, and recurrence. Pediatric Developmental Pathology, 20(2), 120-132. PMID: 27116324.
  10. Hartman, TJ, Elliott, AJ, Angal, J, Block, T, Ferranti, EP, Mitchell, DC, Nickleach, DC, Norris, JC, Breslow, RA, for the PASS Research Network. (2016). Relative validation of a short questionnaire to assess the dietary habits of pregnant American Indian women. Food Science & Nutrition, 16 (5), 625-632.  PMID: 28572950
  11. Haynes, RL, Folkerth, RD, Paterson, DS, Broadbelt, KG, Zahaire, D, Hewlett, R, Dempers, JJ, Burger, Wadee, S, Schubert, P, Wright, C, Sens, MA, Nelsen, L, Randall, BB, Tran, H, Geldenhuys, E, Elliott, AJ, Odendaal, HJ, Kinney, HC; PASS Network. (2016). Serotonin receptors and the medulla oblongata of the human fetus and infant: The analytic approach of the international Safe Passage Study. Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27634962.
  12. Hoyme, HE, Walberg, WO, Elliott, AJ, Blankenship, J, Buckley, D, Marais, AS, Manning, MA, Robinson, LK, Adam, MP, Abdul-Rahman, O, Jewett, T, Coles, CD, Chambers, C, Jones, KL, Adnams, CM, Shah, PE, Riley, EP, Charness, ME, Warren, KR, & May, PA. (2016). Updated clinical guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.  Pediatrics, 138(2), e20154256. doi:10.1542/peds.2015-4256. Epub 2016 Jul 27.
  13. Dempers, JJ, Coldrey, J, Burger, L, Thompson, V, Wadee, S, Odendaal, HJ, Sens, MA, Randall, BB, Folkerth, RD, Kinney, HC, for the PASS Network (Elliott member). (2016). The institution of a standardized investigation protocol for sudden infant death in the Eastern Metropole, Cape Town, South Africa.  Journal of Forensic Sciences, 61(6), 1508-1514.
  14. Brito, NH, Fifer, WP, Myers, MM, Elliott, AJ, & Noble, KG. (2016). Associations among family socioeconomic status, EEG power at birth, and cognitive skills during infancy.  Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 144-151.  PMID: 27003830. PMCID: PMC4912880; doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2016.03.004.
  15. Melvin, SA, Brito, NH, Mack, LJ, Engelhardt, LE, Fifer, WP, Elliott, AJ, & Noble, KG in collaboration with the PASS Network. (2016).  Home environment, but not socioeconomic status, is linked to differences in early phonetic perception ability.  Infancy. doi: 10.1111/infa.12145.
  16. Angal, J, Petersen, J, Tobacco, D, Elliott, AJ for the PASS Research Network. (2016). Ethics review for a multisite project involving Tribal Nations in the Northern Plains. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. pii. 1556264616631657. PMID: 26928897.
  17. Elliott, AJ, White Hat, ER, Angal, J, Grey Owl, V, Puumala, S, & Baete Kenyon, D. (2016). Fostering social determinants of health transdisciplinary research: The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(1), 1-12. doi: 10.3390/ijms13010024; PMID: 26703683.
  18. Amolins, MW, Ezrailson, CM, Pearce, DA, Elliott, AJ, & Vitiello, PF. (2015). Evaluating the effectiveness of a laboratory-based professional development program for science educators. Advances in Physiology Education, 39(4), 341-351. PMID: 26628658; PMCID: PMC4669365.
  19. Noble, KG, Engelhardt, LE, Brito, NH, Mack, LJ, Nail, EJ, Angal, J, Barr, R, Fifer, WP, & Elliott, AJ. in collaboration with the PASS Network. (2015). Socioeconomic disparities in neurocognitive development in the first two years of life. Developmental Psychobiology, 57(5), 535-551. DOI: 10.1002/dev.21303. PMID:  25828052.
  20. Hoyme, HE, Hoyme, DB, Elliott, AJ, Blankenship, J, Kalberg, WO, Buckley, D, Abdul-Rahman, O, Adam, MP, Robinson, LK, Manning, M, Jones, KL, & May, PA. (2015). A South Africa Specific Mixed Race Lip/Philtrum Guide for Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  American Journal of Medical Genetics: Part A, 167(4). PMID: 25711340.
  21. Himes, SK, Dukes, KA, Tripp, T, Peterson, J, Raffo, C, Burd, L, Odendaal, H, Elliott, AJ, Hereld, D, Signore, C, Willinger, M, Kinney, HC, Huestis, MA for the Prenatal Alcohol in SIDS and Stillbirth (PASS) Network. (2015). Clinical Sensitivity and Specificity of Meconium Fatty Acid Ethyl Ester, Ethyl Glucuronide, and Ethyl Sulfate for Detecting Maternal Drinking during Pregnancy. Clinical Chemistry, 61(3), 523-532. PMID: 25595440
  22. Stoos, C, Nelsen, L, Schissler, K, Elliott, AJ, & Kinney, HC. (2015). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Secondary Schizophrenia: A Unique Neuropathologic Study.  Journal of Child Neurology, 30(5), 601-605. PMID: 24563476.
  23. May, PA, Baete, A, Russo, J, Elliott, AJ, Blankenship, J, Kalberg, WO, Buckley, D, Brooks, M, Hasken, J, Abdul-Rahman, O, Adam, M, Robinson, LK, Manning, M, & Hoyme, HE. (2014). Prevalence and characteristics of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Pediatrics, 134(5), 855-866. PMID: 25349310.
  24. Dukes, KA, Burd, L, Elliott, AJ, Fifer, WP, Folkerth, RD, Hankins, GDV, Hereld, D, Hoffman, HJ, Myers, MM, Odendaal, H, Signore, C, Sullivan, L, Willinger, M, Wright, C, & Kinney, HC, for the PASS Research Network. (2014). The Safe Passage Study: Design, Methods, Recruitment and Follow-up Approach. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 28(5), 255-265.  PMID: 25131605.
  25. Moberg, DP, Bowser, J, Burd, L, Elliott, AJ, Punyko, J, & Wilton, G, for the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Surveillance Program – FASSLink Team. (2014). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Surveillance: Age of Syndrome Manifestation in Case Ascertainment. Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology, 100(9). PMID: 24737611; NIHMSID: 588889.
  26. Hofmeyr, F, Groenewald, CA, Nel, DG, Myers, MM, Fifer, WP, Signore, C, Hankins, GDV, & Odendaal, HJ, for the PASS Network (Elliott member). (2014). Fetal heart rate patterns at 20 to 24 weeks gestation as recorded by fetal electrocardiography. Journal of Maternal and Fetal Neonatal Medicine, 27(7), 714-718. PMID: 23991757; NIMHSID: 598654.
  27. Human, M, Green, S, Groenewald, C, Goldstein, RD, Kinney, HC, Odendaal, HJ in collaboration with the PASS Network (Elliott member). (2014). Psychosocial implications of stillbirth for the mother and her family: A crisis-support approach.  Social Work, 50(4), 392.
  28. Griffith, R, Elliott, AJ, & Jones-Sapienza, S. (2013). Investigating risk of gastroschisis in South Dakota. South Dakota Medicine, 66(9), 357.
  29. Folkerth, RD, Habbe, DM, Boyd, T, McMillan, K, Gromer, J, Sens, MA, & Elliott, AJ, for the Prenatal Alcohol and SIDS and Stillbirth (PASS) Network. (2013).  Gastroschisis, destructive brain lesions, and placental infarction in the second trimester suggest a vascular pathogenesis.  Pediatric and Developmental Pathology, 16(5), 391-396. PMID:  23895144; PMC4077156.
  30. Liebe, S, Elliott, AJ, & Bien, M. (2013). Student interest and knowledge concerning global health electives: a USD Sanford School of Medicine study. South Dakota Journal of Medicine, 66(6), 231-235.  PMID:  23923681.
  31. Hanson, J, Miller, AL, Winberg, A, & Elliott, AJ. (2013). Prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies (AEP) among non-pregnant American Indian women. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(3[3 Supplement], S66-S73. PMID:  23286666.
  32. Hanson, J, Winberg, A, & Elliott, AJ. (2012). Development of a media campaign on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders for northern plains American Indian communities. Health Promotion Practice, 13 (6), 842-847. PMID:  22167361.
  33. Odendaal, HJ, Elliott, AJ, Kinney, HC, Human, M, Gaspar, D, Petersen, D, Randall, B, Dempers, J, for the Prenatal Alcohol and SIDS and Stillbirth (PASS) Network. (2011). Consent for autopsy research in unexpected death in early life. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 117 (1), 167-171. PMID: 21173659; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3268257.
  34. Dempers, JJ, Sens, MA, Wadee, SA, Kinney, H. C., Odendaal, H. J., Wright, C. A. for the Prenatal Alcohol and SIDS and Stillbirth (PASS) Network (Elliott member). (2011). Progressive primary pulmonary tuberculosis presenting as the sudden unexpected death in infancy: A case report. Foren Sci Int, 206, e27-e30. PMID: 20705406; PMCID: PMC3004016.
  35. Dempers, JJ, Wadee, SA, Boyd, T, Wright, C, Odendaal, HJ, Sens, MA, for the Prenatal Alcohol and SIDS and Stillbirth (PASS) Network (Elliott member). (2011). Hepatic hemangioendothelioma presenting as sudden unexpected death in infancy: A case report. Pediatri Dev Pathol, 14(1), 71-74. PMID: 20465426; NIHMSID: 600046.
  36. Odendaal, HJ, Steyn, DW, Elliott, AJ, & Burd, L. (2009).  Combined effects of cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption on perinatal outcome.  Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation, 67, 1-8. PMID: 18685256.
  37. Stevens, DC, Hanson, JD, Prasek, JL, & Elliott, AJ. (2008). Breastfeeding: A Review of the Benefits for American Indian Women. South Dakota Medicine, 61(12), 448-451. PMID: 19266895.
  38. Elliott, AJ & Hanson, JD. (2006). Fetal alcohol syndrome in South Dakota, South Dakota Medicine, 59(8), 341-342. PMID: 16941850
  39. Elliott, AJ, Morgan, K, Fuqua, RW, Ehrhardt, K, & Poling, A. (2005). Self- and cross-citations in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior: 1993 through 2003. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 38, 559-563. PMID: 16463538.
  40. Wilczynski, S, Fusilier, I, DuBard, M, & Elliott, AJ. (2005). Experimental analysis of proximity as a social stimulus:  Increasing on-task behavior of an adolescent with autism. Psychology in the Schools, 42 (2), 189-196.
  41. Wilczynski, SM, Cowan, R, Wolf, K, Vause, T, Lewis, L., Hayes, A, Yetter, G, Meadows, J, Elliott, AJ, & Thompson, K. (2003).  Project BEST-CASE:  A model for developing an intensive early childhood intervention program for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  Proven Practice, 5 (1), 23-36.
  42. Kuhn, BR & Elliott, AJ. (2003).  Treatment efficacy in behavioral pediatric sleep medicine.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 54 (6), 587-597. PMID: 12781314
  43. Elliott, AJ & Fuqua, RW. (2002). Acceptability of treatments for trichotillomania: Effects of age and severity.  Behavior Modification, 26, 378-399. PMID: 12080907
  44. Allen, KD, Elliott, AJ, & Arndorfer, R. (2002).  Behavioral pain management for pediatric headache in primary-care.  Children’s Health Care, 31 (3), 175-189.
  45. Elliott, AJ & Fuqua, RW. (2000).  Trichotillomania:  Conceptualization, measurement, and treatment.  Behavior Therapy, 31, 529-545.
  46. Elliott, AJ, Miltenberger, RG, Rapp, J, Long, ES, & McDonald, R. (1998). Brief application of simplified habit reversal to treat stuttering in children. Journal of Behavior Therapy & Experimental Psychiatry, 29, 289-302. PMID: 10037226.
  47. Rapp, J, Miltenberger, RG, Long, ES, Elliott, AJ, & Lumley, V. (1998). Simplified habit reversal treatment for chronic hair pulling in three pre-adolescents:  A clinical replication with direct observation. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 31, 299-302. PMID: 9652106.
  48. Miltenberger, RG, Long, ES, Rapp, J, Lumley, V, & Elliott, AJ. (1998). Evaluating the function of hair pulling:  A preliminary investigation. Behavior Therapy, 29, 211-219.
  49. Elliott, AJ, Miltenberger, RG, Kaster-Bundgaard, J, & Lumley, V. (1996). A national survey of assessment and therapy techniques used by behavior therapists. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 3, 107-125. 


  1. Elliott, AJ, & Elliott, MK. (2004).Editorial: The first three years of life and the early adolescent. International Pediatrics. 19(2), 68-69.
  2. Maki, RH & Elliott, AJ. (1996). Sharing research involvement with pre-college students. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 17, 22-25. 



  1. Kuhn, BR, & Elliott, AJ. (2003). Efficacy of behavioral intervention for pediatric sleep disturbance. In M. L. Perlis & K. L. Lichstein (Eds.), In Treating Sleep Disorders:  Principles and Practice of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.  New York: Wiley & Sons.
  2. Elliott, AJ & Fuqua, RW. (2001). Behavioral Interventions for Trichotillomania. In RG. Miltenberger & D Woods (Eds.).  Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, and Other Repetitive Behavior Disorders:  Behavioral Approaches to Assessment and Treatment. NewYork: Springer Science. ISBN 978-0-387-45944-8. 

Selected Abstracts

  1. Puumala, SE, Wick, MJ, Chaudhary, K, Baete, A, Hoyme, HE, Elliott, AJ, & May, PA. (2015). DNA Methylation in Children Diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 39, 45A.
  2. Hanson, JD, Miller, AM, Pottala, JV, Winberg, A, & Elliott, AJ. (2011) Prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies among nonpregnant American Indian women. Alcoholism:  Clinical & Experimental Research, 35 (6), 45A.
  3. Boyd, T, Wright, C, Colby, K, Sens, M, Elliott, AJ, Folkerth, R, Kinney, H, & Odendaal, H. (2009). PASS stillbirth classification:  Incorporating mechanism, etiology and recurrence. Prenatal alcohol stillbirth and SIDS (PASS) network, NIAAA/NICHD. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 107(2), S132-133.
  4. Odendaal, H, Elliott, AJ, Signore, C, & Burd, L. (Sept., 2007).  The adverse effects of alcohol consumption on the developing fetus.  Journal of Perinatal Medicine, 35, Supplement II, 36-37. 

Under Review

  1. Tripp, T, Baker, T, Robinson, F, Petersen, JM, Petersen, D, Emig, D, Folan, P, Young, RA, & Dukes, KA for the PASS Network (Elliott member). A risk-based, custom electronic data capture (EDC) system to support long-term follow up and monitoring of study assumptions:  Application in the Safe Passage Study.  STATUS: under review
  2. Dukes, KA, Petersen, JM, Willinger, M, Elliott, AJ, Odendaal, H, Kinney, HC, Hankins, G, Tripp, T, Robinson, F, Young, RA, Hereld, D, Burd,, L, Fifer, WP, Myers, MM, Angal, J, Groenewald, C, Hoffman, HJ, Sullivan, L, for the PASS Network. Propensity score methods to account for nonrandom allocation of prenatal drinking and smoking in the presence of rare outcomes.
  3. Myers, MM, Elliott, AJ, Isler, JR, Grieve, PH, Gromer, J, Angal, J, Sayao, R, & Fifer, WP. Effects of alcohol consumption and smoking during pregnancy on preterm infant brain activity.
  4. Dukes, KA, Petersen, JM, Willinger, M, Elliott, AJ, Odendaal, H, Kinney, HC, Hankins, G, Tripp, T, Robinson, F, Young, RA, Hereld, D, Burd,, L, Fifer, WP, Myers, MM, Angal, J, Groenewald, C, Hoffman, HJ, Sullivan, L, for the PASS Network. Propensity score methods to account for nonrandom allocation of prenatal drinking and smoking in the presence of rare outcomes. 

In Preparation (drafts completed) 

  1. Puumala, SE, Wick, MJ, Chaudhary, K, Baete, A, Hoyme, HE, Elliott, AJ, & May, PA. DNA methylation patterns in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
  2. Odendaal, H., Groenewald, C., Myers, MM, Fifer, WP, & the PASS Network (Elliott member). Maternal heart rate patterns under resting conditions in late pregnancy.
  3. Odendaal, HJ, Dukes, KA, Elliott, AJ, Willinger, M, Sullivan, LM, Tripp, T, Groenewald, C, Myers, MM, Angal, J, Boyd, T, Burd, L, Cotton, J, Fifer, WJ, Folkerth, RD, Grillo, E, Hankins, GDV, Haynes, RL, Herald, D, Hoffmann, HJ, Jacobs, P, Nelsen, L, Petersen, J, Randall, BB, Roberts, DJ, Robinson, F, Sens, MA, VanEerden, P, Wright, C, & Kinney, HC for the PASS Network. Association of maternal alcohol and cigarette use during pregnancy with risk of stillbirth.
  4. Odendaal, H, Geerts, L, Boyd, T, Roberts, D, Robinson, F, Grillo, E, Dukes, K, Elliott, A, Groenewald, C, Kinney, H, Meyer, R, Nelsen, L, Schubert, P, Van Eerden, P, Willinger, M, Wright, C, for the PASS Network. Doppler/MVM.
  5. FASER – Authors list TBD. Methods for establishing an estimate of the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in four regional communities of the United States.
  6. Human, M, Goldstein, RD, Groenewald, C, Kinney, HC, Odendaal, H, for the PASS Network (Elliott member). Bereaved mothers’ attitudes regarding autopsy of their stillborn baby.
  7. Ferranti, EP, Harman, TJ, Elliott, AJ, Mitchell, DC, Angal, J, Nickleach, D, Breslow, R, for the PASS Research Network. Dietary quality of pregnant Northern Plains American Indian women.
  8. Perzanowski, MS, Savary, KW, Arteaga-Solis, E, Lautenbacher, LA, Brito, NH, Rauh, VA, Nugent, JD, Elliott, AJ, Myers, MM, fifer, WP. Associations between parasympathetic activity in the month after birth and wheeze at age 2-3 years.



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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