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Executive Director

Professional Background

Dr. White is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In her university faculty roles, she leads change initiatives to deepen community engagement and public health approaches to health promotion via service, education and research. From 2004-19, she also directed the Office of Mental Health Promotion, prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Childrens Institute. OMHP oversees community, consumer and diversity affairs for Psychiatry faculty and staff. Dr. White directs local and national training activities in collaborative and participatory research to infuse scientific inquiries with mental health-related policy and program activities of diverse communities. She promotes mental health supporting behaviors, services utilization and mental illness including related injury prevention strategies within community-based settings. For instance, she developed participatory research with volunteer "natural helpers" seeking to strengthen urban neighborhoods' violence prevention activities.

Her research interests focus on system science methods in the application of community engagement in research, mental health promotion, as well as suicide and violence prevention systems in communities. She has an active research program involving social media data and successful transitions into adulthood. Her many years of research experiences in developmental psychology emphasized the role of community settings such as childcare, arts centers and after-school programs in the development of children and adolescents. Upon completion of her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard's Graduate School of Education, she was an AAAS/SRCD fellow in the U.S. Senate and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. White is currently a member of the research and education cores of the University of Rochester's Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention. She was a visiting scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017 to foster the implementation of systems science approaches to suicide prevention in states.


BS with Honors | Cornell University
Human Development and Family Studies

MA | Columbia University
Developmental Psychology

Ed.D. | Harvard University
Human Development and Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

2003 - 2004
AAAS/SRCD Executive Branch Science and Policy Fellow - National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, Office of Behavior and Social Science Research, Washington, DC - Initiate, implement, and coordinate research agendas and funding initiatives to advance scientific knowledge of the social and behavioral components of health (e.g., authoring the program announcement with specialized review such as Community Participation in Research, PAR- 05-026, etc.)

2002 - 2003
AAAS/SRCD Congressional Science and Policy Fellow - U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families, Washington, D.C. - Develop policy positions by distilling and evaluating information provided by advocates, administrators, researchers, constituents, program providers and policy-makers; draft legislation; manage the legislative process of bills; analyze research findings; prepare and conduct discussion of pending legislation.

The Rochester Business Journal’s Women of Excellence

Meliora Award Nominee, University of Rochester

Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award, University of Rochester Medical Center

President's Diversity Award nominee, University of Rochester

NIH Institute on Systems Science and Health, Selected Attendee

Got Dreams Award (community leader award), Monroe County Office of Mental Health

Monroe County Youth Services Quality Council Leadership Award

Outstanding Invited Faculty Contributions of the NIH Summer Institute on Community-based Participatory Research Targeting the Medically Underserved, New Orleans, LA

Dean’s Leadership in Academic Medicine Series Participant
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

MHSR New Investigator Workshop and Poster Award
Sponsor: NIMH

Collier Award
Sponsor: URMC's Department of Psychiatry

OBSSR 10th Anniversary Celebration Travel Scholarship Winner
Sponsor: Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH

Fellow of the NIH Summer Institute on Behavioral and Social Intervention Research
Sponsor: Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH

Selected Journal Articles

White A.M., Bai L.*, Homan C., Funchess M., Cerulli C., et al. (2018). Does Reciprocal Gratefulness in Twitter Predict Neighborhood Safety?: Comparing 911 Calls Where Users Reside or Use Social Media. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM)-2018. Palo Alto, CA: AAAI Press.

Alexis, C.*, White, A.M., Poweski, J., Thomas, C. (2018). Unpacking Reactions to White Privilege among Employees of an Academic Medical Center. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Chen T., Lu, N., White A.M., He, H., Wu, P., Hu, J., Feng, C., Zhang, H., Kowalski, J. and Tu, X. M. (2017). Social Network: A New Paradigm for Modeling Human Interaction: Implications for Statistical Inferences. Biostatistics & Biometrics Open Access Journal; 1(1): 55551.

Liu, T.*, Homan, C., Ovesdotter Alm, C., White, A.M., Lytle, M., and Kautz, H. (2016, May). Understanding Discourse on Work and Job-Related Well-Being in Public Social Media. Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

Hossain, N.*, Hu, T.*, Feizi, R., White, A.M., Luo, J., Kautz, H. (2016, May). Precise Localization of Homes and Activities: Detecting Drinking-While-Tweeting Patterns in Communities. Proceedings of AAAI Publications, Tenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-16).

Frerichs, L.*, Hassmiller Lich, K., Funchess, M., Burrell, M.*, Cerulli, C., Bidell, P., & White, A.M. (corresponding author). (2016). Applying critical race theory to group model-building methods to address community violence. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 10(3), 443-459.

Bidell, P., Wilson, J., White, A.M., & Morse, D. (2015). Meaningful experiences of re-entry community health workers engaging with individuals recently released from incarceration. Health and Justice, 3, 19.

White, A.M., Lu, N., Cerulli, C., Tu, X. "Examining benefits academic-community research team training: Rochester's suicide prevention training institutes". Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action. 2014; 8(1): 125-137.

White, A.M., Castle, K., Sörensen, S., Briody, S., Dailey, H., King, D., Fogarty, C. & Duberstein, P. "You know a tree by its fruit: Growing a fellowship program for community partnered mental health disparities research in an academic medical center". International Public Health Journal. 2013; 5(3).

Cross, W., Seaburn, D., Gibbs, D. Schmeelk, K., White, A.M., Caine, E. "Does practice make perfect? A Randomized control trial of behavioral rehearsal on suicide prevention gatekeeper skills." The Journal of Primary Prevention. 2011; 32(3): 195-211.

Books & Chapters

Book Title: Social Networking: Recent Trends, Emerging Issues and Future Outlook
Author List: Tu, X., White, A.M. & Lu, N
Published By: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2013

Chapter Title: Reducing Suicide Risk in the Justice System through Court Based Community-based Participatory Research
Book Title: Suicide: Risk Factors and Prevention
Author List: White, A.M., Nichols-Hadeed, C., Steadman, H.J. & Cerulli, C
Edited By: J. Lavigne
Published By: Nova Science Publishers 2012 in Hauppauge, NY

Chapter Title: You know a tree by its fruit: Growing a fellowship program for community partnered mental health disparities research in an academic medical center
Book Title: Building community capacity: Case examples from around the world
Author List: White, A.M., Castle, K., Sörensen, S., Briody, S., Dailey, H., King, D., Fogarty, C. & Duberstein, P
Edited By: R. M. Caron and J. Marrick
Published By: Nova Science Publishers 2012