Loyola University Chicago

Weekend of Excellence

Amanda Burnside

PHOTO: Heather Eidson Amanda Burnside (center) meets with Professor Noni Gaylord-Harden and fellow students in Coffey Hall. Burnside, who is pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology, is studying the causes and consequences of community violence exposure.

The Graduate School

Amanda Burnside

Doctoral candidate: Clinical psychology, child and family subspecialty
Expected graduation: 2020  •  Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

What will you be doing at this year’s Weekend of Excellence?
I won’t be there this year because of other conference obligations. But I presented research in 2015 and won an award for “Best First-Year Poster.”

What’s your favorite Loyola memory?
I had the opportunity to attend an inspiring daylong symposium through a class I took at Loyola’s School of Law and the Children’s Summer Institute. It was called “School to Prison OR Cradle to Career: Imagining a Different Pipeline.” The meeting brought community members and others to the table to address this important topic in a public forum, and it spoke to Loyola’s commitment to social justice.  

Tell us a little about your research.
I work with Professor Noni Gaylord-Harden researching the causes and consequences of community violence exposure. My thesis is examining psychological predictors of violence in a national sample of male youth of color. My interest in clinical psychology research is fueled mainly by my desire to bridge academia with the community, and I hope my research can ultimately serve to inform prevention and intervention policies and treatments for urban youth.

How has your time here helped shape you as a person?
For me, the best aspect of Loyola is the sense of community I feel from the faculty and other students in my graduate program. I am grateful for the collaborative, challenging, and supportive environment, which has allowed me to develop my clinical and research skills while also maintaining an important work-life balance.

And finally, what do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?
In 10 years, I will ideally be working in an academic medical center conducting research and doing clinical work with youth and families. I hope to use my research to inform clinical practice and ultimately disseminate evidence-based treatments to underserved communities.