Amy Elizabeth West

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Psychology

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Dr. West is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Associate Training Director for Psychology in the Division of General Pediatrics, and Director of the CHLA Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology Internship. In addition, Dr. West holds a secondary appointment as a Professor in the Department of Psychology at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and is a faculty member of the USC interdisciplinary Center for the Changing Family. Dr. West’s primary clinical and research interests focus on psychosocial treatment outcome and mechanisms of treatment response in pediatric mood and anxiety disorders, and specifically the application of such interventions to underserved, ethnic minority populations. Dr. West also has research interests in the developmental psychopathology of mood and anxiety disorders in children, preventing suicidal behavior in youth, perinatal mental health, and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) mental health and substance use disparities. She has been funded by NIMH, PCORI, SAMHSA, CA DHHS, and multiple private foundations for her research in these areas. She is currently a Co-I and the Director of CBT implementation on a large clinical trial studying medication and CBT treatment sequencing for pediatric anxiety disorders in a predominantly underserved, ethnic minority population. Dr. West is also part of a research team with colleagues in the Department of Preventative Medicine at USC and funded by DHHS/SAMHSA to study opioid and substance use prevention and treatment in California urban and rural AIAN tribal communities. Finally, Dr. West continues to study a family-based cognitive-behavioral intervention, child and family-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CFF-CBT) – also called RAINBOW therapy — that she developed with colleagues for children 7-13 with bipolar spectrum disorders. CFF-CBT is now an evidence-based treatment with manuals published in Oxford University Press’s Treatments That Work series.


  • Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Youth Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Jul 01; 7(7):e2420466. . View in PubMed
  • Acculturative Stress and Self-rated Health among Hispanic Emerging Adults: Examining the Moderating Effects of the Social Environment and Social Support J Immigr Minor Health. 2023 Dec; 25(6):1382-1391. . View in PubMed
  • Correction to: Acculturative Stress and Self-rated Health Among Hispanic Emerging Adults: Examining the Moderating Effects of the Social Environment and Social Support J Immigr Minor Health. 2023 Dec; 25(6):1392. . View in PubMed
  • Pediatric subspecialty healthcare providers’ views of recruitment during a randomized controlled trial of a mobile health intervention Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2023 Jun; 33:101121. . View in PubMed
  • Dismantling Structural Racism in Child and Adolescent Psychology: A Call to Action to Transform Healthcare, Education, Child Welfare, and the Psychology Workforce to Effectively Promote BIPOC Youth Health and Development J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2023 May-Jun; 52(3):427-446. . View in PubMed
  • Conceptualizing Indigenous strengths-based health and wellness research using group concept mapping Arch Public Health. 2023 Apr 26; 81(1):71. . View in PubMed
  • Substance use disorder and homelessness among American Indians and Alaska Natives in California J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2023 Apr-Jun; 22(2):350-371. . View in PubMed
  • Arch Suicide Res. 2023 Mar 30; 1-17. . View in PubMed
  • Crisis Migration Adverse Childhood Events: A New Category of Youth Adversity for Crisis Migrant Children and Adolescents Res Child Adolesc Psychopathol. 2023 12; 51(12):1871-1882. . View in PubMed
  • Culturally tailored digital therapeutic for substance use disorders with urban Indigenous people in the United States: A randomized controlled study J Subst Use Addict Treat. 2023 12; 155:209159. . View in PubMed
  • An opioid and substance use disorder needs assessment study for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in California Psychol Addict Behav. 2022 Aug; 36(5):429-439. . View in PubMed
  • Exploring Culturally Based Treatment Options for Opioid Use Disorders Among American Indian and Alaska Native Adults in California J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2022 Jul; 83(4):613-620. . View in PubMed
  • Substance and Behavioral Addictions among American Indian and Alaska Native Populations Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Mar 03; 19(5). . View in PubMed
  • Assessing change in suicidal ideation intensity for youth in treatment for pediatric bipolar disorder Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2021 Jul; 26(3):795-809. . View in PubMed
  • Inflammation, depressive symptoms, and emotion perception in adolescence J Affect Disord. 2021 12 01; 295:717-723. . View in PubMed
  • Psychosocial interventions for childhood affective disorders: Is the family the key to success? J Affect Disord. 2021 11 01; 294:447.. View in PubMed
  • A Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) study of medication and CBT sequencing in the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders BMC Psychiatry. 2021 06 30; 21(1):323. . View in PubMed
  • Immune response to stress induction as a predictor of cognitive-behavioral therapy outcomes in adolescent mood disorders: A pilot study J Psychiatr Res. 2020 01; 120:56-63. . View in PubMed
  • Statewide collaborative partnerships among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities in California to target the opioid epidemic: Preliminary results of the Tribal Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) key informant needs assessment J Subst Abuse Treat. 2020 Jan; 108:9-19. . View in PubMed
  • Editorial: The Impact of Parental Psychopathology on Family Functioning: Prioritizing Transdiagnostic Interventions With Parents and Families J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2019 10; 58(10):940-942. . View in PubMed
  • American Indian Researcher Perspectives on Qualitative Inquiry About and Within American Indian Communities Am J Community Psychol. 2019 09; 64(1-2):83-95. . View in PubMed
  • Interplay between pro-inflammatory cytokines, childhood trauma, and executive function in depressed adolescents J Psychiatr Res. 2019 07; 114:1-10. . View in PubMed
  • Child- and Family-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Applications for Suicide Prevention Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2018 12; 48(6):797-811. . View in PubMed
  • Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Clinical Correlates and Impact on Psychosocial Treatment Outcomes J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2018 05; 46(4):857-870. . View in PubMed
  • Symptom Dimensions and Trajectories of Functioning Among Bipolar Youth: A Cluster Analysis J Psychiatr Pract. 2018 05; 24(3):146-157. . View in PubMed
  • Domain-specific impairment in cognitive control among remitted youth with a history of major depression Early Interv Psychiatry. 2017 10; 11(5):383-392. . View in PubMed
  • The Burden of Repeated Mood Episodes in Bipolar I Disorder: Results From the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions J Nerv Ment Dis. 2016 Feb; 204(2):87-94. . View in PubMed
  • Mediators in the randomized trial of Child- and Family-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for pediatric bipolar disorder Behav Res Ther. 2016 10; 85:60-71. . View in PubMed
  • Predictors of first-episode unipolar major depression in individuals with and without sub-threshold depressive symptoms: A prospective, population-based study Psychiatry Res. 2015 Dec 15; 230(2):150-6. . View in PubMed
  • Cognitive and family correlates of current suicidal ideation in children with bipolar disorder J Affect Disord. 2015 Mar 01; 173:15-21. . View in PubMed
  • Treatment moderators of child- and family-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for pediatric bipolar disorder J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 Feb; 54(2):116-25. . View in PubMed
  • Child- and family-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for pediatric bipolar disorder: a randomized clinical trialJ Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2014 Nov; 53(11):1168-781178. e1. . View in PubMed
  • What goes up must come down: the burden of bipolar depression in youth J Affect Disord. 2013 Sep 25; 150(3):1048-54. . View in PubMed
  • Review: Psychosocial interventions improve early disruptive behaviour in very young children Evid Based Ment Health. 2013 Aug; 16(3):70. . View in PubMed
  • Psychosocial intervention for pediatric bipolar disorder: current and future directions Expert Rev Neurother. 2013 Jul; 13(7):843-50. . View in PubMed
  • Cognitive dysfunction is worse among pediatric patients with bipolar disorder Type I than Type II J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2012 Jul; 53(7):775-81. . View in PubMed
  • A mental health needs assessment of urban American Indian youth and families Am J Community Psychol. 2012 Jun; 49(3-4):441-53. . View in PubMed
  • A family-based psychosocial treatment model Isr J Psychiatry Relat Sci. 2012; 49(2):86-93. . View in PubMed
  • Co-morbid disruptive behavior disorder and aggression predict functional outcomes and differential response to risperidone versus divalproex in pharmacotherapy for pediatric bipolar disorder J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2011 Dec; 21(6):545-53. . View in PubMed
  • Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: A Review Minerva Psichiatr. 2011 Mar; 52(1):21-35. . View in PubMed
  • Child Mania Rating Scale-Parent Version: a valid measure of symptom change due to pharmacotherapy J Affect Disord. 2011 Jan; 128(1-2):112-9. . View in PubMed
  • Child and family-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for pediatric bipolar disorder: pilot study of group treatment format J Can Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2009 Aug; 18(3):239-46. . View in PubMed
  • Psychosocial treatments for childhood and adolescent bipolar disorder Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2009 Apr; 18(2):471-82x-xi. . View in PubMed
  • Neurocognitive function in pediatric bipolar disorder: 3-year follow-up shows cognitive development lagging behind healthy youths J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2009 Mar; 48(3):299-307. . View in PubMed
  • Early childhood temperament in pediatric bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder J Clin Psychol. 2008 Apr; 64(4):402-21. . View in PubMed
  • Parent-child interactions in pediatric bipolar disorder J Clin Psychol. 2008 Apr; 64(4):422-37. . View in PubMed
  • Childhood behavioral inhibition and the experience of social anxiety in American Indian adolescents Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2007 Jul; 13(3):197-206. . View in PubMed
  • Maintenance model of integrated psychosocial treatment in pediatric bipolar disorder: A pilot feasibility study J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2007 Feb; 46(2):205-12. . View in PubMed