Amanda completed her PhD in NUI Galway in 2010. Her PhD was entitled: 'Psychological and social factors in predicting children's food choices: The development of a theoretical model'. Amanda subsequently worked on the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey in the Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. After this, Amanda joined UCD School of Psychology as a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Dr. Barbara Dooley on the My World Survey, a national study on risk and protective factors of youth mental health.
Amanda has been awarded two Royal Irish Academy mobility grants in 2012 and 2013 to visit research centres of excellence in her field including Stanford University School of Medicine and Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne. Amanda was awarded the Eadbhard O' Callaghan Annual Youth Mental Health Prize in 2012. Amanda continues to work in the field of youth mental health, with a specific interest in early interventions for adolescent mental health and use of e-technologies for improving various psychosocial problems.
Amanda is a member of the newly established Youth Mental Health lab in UCD School of Psychology which currently hosts a team of 13 researchers at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.