Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Amy Bohnert

Title: Associate Professor, Clinical & Developmental Psychology
Office: 241 Coffey Hall
Phone: 773-508-2961

Background Information
Post-Doctorate Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Penn State University
Masters, Penn State University
Bachelors, University of Michigan
Additional Information
Classes Taught: 
Social Development
Wellness Center Practicum
Child Psychopathology
General Psychology
Psychological Perspectives on the Experience of Globalization
Research Interests:
Dr. Bohnert is an Associate Professor in Clinical and Developmental Psychology. Her research focuses on how various contexts may promote better outcomes among youth, including lower rates of obesity, fewer behavior problems, and better social and emotional adjustment. With training in both development and child clinical psychology, she seeks to understand how out-of-school contexts, especially organized activities, after-school, and summer-based programming may serve as a buffer for youth. Relatedly, she has directed evaluations of community programs that seek to improve health and wellness. Guiding themes of her research are an emphasis on developmental transitions as points of reorganization as well as the translatability of her work to reduce health disparities among youth.
Selected Publications:
Travers, L., Randall, E., Shapiro, J., Kirsch, A., Conley, C. & Bohnert, A. (In press). Looking good and making it seem easy: Understanding the role of effortless perfectionism, body image, and BMI in unhealthy weight-control behaviors among female adolescents and young adults. Emerging Adulthood.
Guzman, M., Bohnert, A., & McLeod, D. (In press). Dimensions of organized activity involvement among Latino youth: Impact on well-being. Journal of Adolescence.
Lieb, R., & Bohnert, A. (2017). Relations between executive functions, social impairment, and friendship quality on adjustment among high functioning youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 47, 2861-2872. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3205-2.
Brazendale, K., Beets, M., Pate, R., Turner-McGrievy, G., Kaczynski, A. Weaver, R., Chandler, J., Bohnert, A., & von Hippel, P. (2017). Understanding differences between summer vs. school obesogenic behaviors of children: The Structured Days Hypothesis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14,100. doi: 10.1186/s12966-017-0555-2.   
Bohnert, A., Zarrett, N. Beets, M., Hall, G., Buscemi, J., Heard, A., & Pate, R. (2017). Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: SBM supports curbing summertime weight gain among America's youth. Translational Behavioral Medicine. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1007/s13142-017-0512-2
Bohnert, A., Bates, C., Heard, A., Burdette, K., Ward, A., Silton, R., & Dugas, L. (2017). Improving urban minority girls' health via community summer programming. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Advanced online publication.doi:10.1007/s40615-016-0333-x
McLeod, D.L., Bates, C.R., Heard, A.M., Bohnert, A.M. & Santiago DeCarlo, C. (2017).  Parent perceptions of child weight status in Mexican-origin immigrant families: An investigation of acculturation, stress, and coping factors. Journal of Immigrant Minority Health. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10903-017-
Ward, A., Arola, N., Bohnert, A., & Leib, R. (2017). Social-emotional adjustment and pet ownership among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Communication Disorders, 65, 35-42.
McLeod, D. L., Buscemi, J., & Bohnert, A. M. (2016). Becoming American, becoming obese? A systematic review of acculturation and weight among Latino youth. Obesity Reviews. 17(11):1040–1049. doi: 10.1111/obr.12447
Bohnert, A., Lieb, R., & Arola, N. (2016). More than leisure: Organized activity participation and socio-emotional adjustment among adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advance online publication. 10.1007/s10803-016-2783-8
Bohnert, A., Zarrett, N., & Heard, A. (2016). The role of summertime in child obesity: Risks and opportunities. In K. Alexander, S. Pitcock, & M. Boulay (Eds.), Summer learning and summer learning loss: Theory, research and practice. New York: Teacher’s College Press.
Bohnert, A., McLeod, D. L., Marshall, H. & Grant, K. (2016). Summertime and psychosocial well-being: Risks and resilience. In K.
Alexander, S. Pitcock, & M. Boulay (Eds.), Summer learning and summer learning loss: Theory, research and practice. New York: Teacher’s College Press.
Bates, C., Bohnert, A., Ward, A., Burdette, K., Kliethermes, S., Silton, R., Welch, S., & Dugas L. (2016). Sleep is in for summer: Patterns of sleep and physical activity in urban minority girls. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41, 692-700.
Randall, E., Travers, L., Shapiro, J., & Bohnert, A. (2016). Reasons for the "after-school pressure cooker" in affluent communities: It's not how much time, but why. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 1559-1569.
Travers, L., Randall, E., Bryant, F., Conley, C., & Bohnert, A. (2015). The cost of perfection with apparent ease: Theoretical foundations and development of the Effortless Perfectionism Scale. Psychological Assessment, 27, 1147-1159.
Randall, E., Bohnert, A., & Travers, L. (2015). Understanding affluent adolescent adjustment: The interplay of parental perfectionism, perceived parental pressure, and organized activity involvement. Journal of Adolescence, 41, 56-66.
Fredricks, J., Bohnert, A., & Burdette, K. (2014). Moving beyond attendance: Lessons learned from assessing in afterschool contexts. New Directions in Youth Development, 144, 45-56.  
Bohnert, A., Ward, A., Burdette, K., Silton, R., & Dugas, L. (2014). Active summers matter: A community-based summertime program improves physical activity among low-income, ethnic minority girls. New Directions in Youth Development, 143, 133-150.  
Travers, L., Bohnert, A., Randall, E. (2013). Adolescent adjustment and affluent communities: The role of goal orientation and motivational climate. Journal of Adolescence, 36, 423-428.
Bohnert, A., Burdette, K., Dugas, L., Travers, L., Randall, E., Richards, M., & Luke, A. (2013). Multi-method analyses of discretionary time use and health behaviors among urban low-income African American adolescents: A pilot study. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 34, 589-98.
Bohnert, A., Aikins, J. & Arola, N. (2013).  Regrouping: Organized activity involvement and social adjustment across the transition to high school. New Directions in Child Development, 140, 57-75.
Recent Funding:
Healthy Schools Campaign 6/1/15 – 8/31/17
Evaluation of the Space to Grow Initiative in Chicago Public Schools
Principal Investigator
Through a partnership with faculty at University of California’s Nutrition Policy Institute, this study seeks to understand the impact of transformed green schoolyard using a variety of methods (i.e., observational measures, parent, teacher, administrators surveys, community stakeholder interviews, and secondary data collected from the schools and city) to assess specified outcomes.