Amy Damashek

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Amy Damashek
Associate Professor
(269) 387-4920
3528 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5439
Mailing address: 
Department of Psychology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5439 USA
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2007
Teaching interests: 
  • Abnormal child psychology
  • Lifespan development
  • Child behavior therapy
  • Psychological assessment
Research interests: 
  • Unintentional childhood injury
  • Child maltreatment

Dr. Amy Damashek is an associate professor for the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University.

Her research focuses on the promotion of young children’s safety and well-being via prevention of unintentional child injuries and child maltreatment. Specifically, her work focuses on: the role of parenting behaviors in preventing unintentional child injuries; interventions to reduce injuries; and examination of ways to improve services for at-risk families and children. She is particularly interested in interventions that support low-income families. Clinically, Dr. Damashek is well-versed in evidence-based psychotherapies for children and families. She teaches courses in abnormal child psychology, child behavior therapy, lifespan development, and psychological assessment.

Representative publications:

Damashek, A., Kothari, C., Berman, A. Chahin, S., Lutzker, J. R., Guastaferro, K., Whitaker, D. J., Shanley, J., & Self-Brown, S. (in press). Engagement in home visiting services during the perinatal period: A prospective mixed methods pilot study. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Damashek, A. & Borduin, C. (in press). The moderating role of maternal supervision in the relation of social- ecological risk factors to children's minor injuries. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.

Corlis, M., Damashek, A., Meister, K., Richardson, H., & Bonner, B. (in press). Sibling child protective services following a child maltreatment fatality. Child Maltreatment.

Damashek, A., & Corlis, M. (2017). The role of proximal maternal supervision in children’s risk for injury in a low-income sample. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42(7), 727-737.

Kuhn, J., & Damashek, A. (2015). The role of proximal circumstances and child behavior in toddlers’ risk for minor unintentional injuries. Injury Prevention, 21(1), 30-34.

Damashek, A., Drass, S., & Bonner, B. (2014). Child maltreatment fatalities related to inadequate caregiver supervision. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(11), 1987-2001.

Damashek, A., Bard, D., & Hecht, D. (2012). Provider cultural competency, client satisfaction and engagement in home-based programs to treat child abuse and neglect. Child Maltreatment, 17(1), 56-66.

Damashek, A., Doughty, D., Ware, L., & Silovsky, S. (2011). Predictors of client engagement and attrition in home-based child maltreatment prevention services. Child Maltreatment, 16(1), 9- 20.