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Faculty Information

Amy Slep, PhD

Clinical Psychology
Professor
Cariology and Comprehensive Care
Floor 6 137 East 25th Street
Fax: 212-998-9761
E-mail: amy.slep@nyu.edu

EDUCATION

1995 Ph.D. SUNY Stony Brook Clinical Psychology

1993 M.A. SUNY Stony Brook Psychology

1987 B.A. University of Delaware Psychology

RESEARCH INTERESTS / PROFESSIONAL OVERVIEW

Amy M. Smith Slep received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University in 1995. She is now Professor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at NYU. Along with her collaborator, she co-directs the Family Translational Research Group, which includes over 20 research staff and students focused on understanding violence in families. Dr. Slep’s research focuses on many different aspects of conflict and violence in families: the development of dysfunctional parenting, the connections between parenting and partner conflict, the dynamics of conflict escalation and de-escalation in productive and destructive conflicts, what facets of exposure to violence impact children’s functioning and how these impacts can be buffered, and how to best prevent family violence. Her work on definitions of maltreatment has resulted in definitions that are now being used through the military. She has published over 70 scientific articles and book chapters and has received nearly 40 federal research grants. She is a licensed clinical psychologist.

CURRENT FUNDING

“Planning Parental/Motivational Interventions to Prevent Early Childhood Caries”
Principal Investigators: Amy M. Smith Slep and Richard E. Heyman
Agency: NIDCR
Direct costs: $322,000
Type: Grant (1R34DE022269-01)
Period: 09/23/2011 – 08/31/2013

“’Couple CARE for Parents’: A Dyadic Approach to Preventing IPV’
Principal Investigators: Amy M. Smith Slep and Richard E. Heyman
Agency: Centers for Disease Control
Total Costs: $1,999,998
Type: Cooperative Agreement (U49/CE001246)
Period: 9/30/07 – 9/29/12

“Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence Against Women Prevention and Response Project”
Principle Investigator: Tamara DelVecchio (Subcontract-PI: Slep)
Agency: Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
Subcontract Direct Costs” $81,000
Type: Grant (pending)
Period: 10/01/11-9/30/14

“Stigma and Mental Health in the AF”
Principal Investigators: Amy M. Smith Slep and Richard E. Heyman
Agency: USDA/Kansas State University/US AF FAP
Total Costs $180,000
Type: Contract (to be assigned)
Period: 10/01/11-9/30/13

“Revising the DoD FAP Severity Scales”
Principal Investigators: Richard E. Heyman and Amy M. Smith Slep
Agency: USDA/Kansas State University/ USAF FAP
Total Costs $63,000
Type: Contract (to be assigned)
Period: 10/01/11-9/30/12

“Developing a Family Advocacy Program Desk Reference Guide for the Marine Corps Family Advocacy Program”
Principal Investigators: Amy M. Smith Slep and Richard E. Heyman
Agency: United States Marines
Total costs: $83,362.12
Type: Grant (H0111-R-0001)
Period: 9/1/2011-8/31/2016

“Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve the Effectiveness of the NORTH STAR Prevention Framework by Embedding Evidence-Based Prevention Within the Military Unit”
Principal Investigators: Amy M. Smith Slep and Richard E. Heyman
Agency: Department of Defense
Total costs: $3,453,998
Type: Grant (10600451)
Period: 9/30/2011-9/29/2016

“Unlocking the Power of the Military Social Network”
Principal Investigators: Richard E. Heyman and Amy M. Smith Slep
Agency: DoD
Total Costs $1,538,462
Type: Cooperative Agreement (DM102555)
Period: 04/01/11-3/31/14

“Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence Against Women Prevention and Response Project”
Principle Investigator: Smita Majumdar Das (Co-PI: Slep)
Agency: Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
Direct Costs” $298,276
Type: Grant (2009WA-AX-001)
Period: 10/01/09-09/30/12

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.

+Foran, H. M., Slep, A. M. S., Heyman, R. E., & Beach, S. (Eds.) (in press). Family Problems and Family Violence: Reliable Assessment and the ICD-11. New York: Springer.

Lorber, M. F., O’Leary, S. G., & Slep, A. M. S. (in press). An Initial Evaluation of the Role of Emotion and Impulsivity in Explaining Racial/Ethnic Differences in Corporal Punishment. Developmental Psychology.

O’Leary, K.D., & Slep. A. M. S. (in press). Prevention of Partner Violence by Focusing on Behaviors of Both Young Males and Females. Prevention Science.

+Foran, H. M., Heyman, R. E., Slep, A. M. S., & US Air Force Family Advocacy Program (2011). Hazardous drinking and military community functioning: Identifying mediating risk factors. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 521-532.

Slep, A. M. S., Foran, H. M., Heyman, R. E., & Snarr, J. D. (2010). Unique risk and protective factors for partner aggression in a large scale Air Force survey. Journal of Community Health, 35, 375-383.

+Snarr, J. D., Heyman, R. E., & Slep, A. M. S. (2010). Recent suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in a large-scale survey of the U.S. Air Force: Prevalences and demographic risk factors. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 40, 544-552.

*Dowling, C. A., Slep, A. M. S., & O’Leary, S. G. (2009). Understanding preemptive parenting: Relations with toddlers' misbehavior, overreactive and lax discipline, and praise. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38, 850-857.

Fritz, P. T. & Slep, A. M. S. (2009). Stability of Physical and Psychological Adolescent Dating Aggression Across Time and Partners. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38, 303-314.

Heyman, R. E., & Slep, A. M. S. (2009). Reliability of Family Maltreatment Diagnostic Criteria: 41 Site Dissemination Field Trial. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 905-910.

Slep, A. M. S. & O’Leary, S. G. (2009). Distinguishing risk profiles among parent-only, partner-only, and dually-perpetrating physical aggressors. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 705-716.

Slep, A. M. S. & Heyman, R. E (2008). Public health approaches to family maltreatment prevention: Resetting family psychology’s sights from the home to the community. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 518-528.

O’Leary, K. D., Slep, A. M. S., & O’Leary, S. G. (2007). Multivariate models of men’s and women’s partner aggression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 752-764.

Slep, A. M. S. & O’Leary, S. G. (2007). Multivariate models of mothers’ and fathers’ aggression toward their children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 739-751.