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
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.