Amanda Sanchez, Ph.D.

Amanda Sanchez, Ph.D.

Collaborating Partner

Professional Biography

Dr. Sanchez earned her PhD in Clinical Science at Florida International University. Dr. Sanchez now provides focused consultation for MINT therapists and trainees on the provision of culturally responsive care with a specific focus on cultural assessment.  Her research and clinical interests center on improving access to quality mental healthcare for culturally diverse youth and families. More specifically,  her work focuses on (1) understanding and addressing structural and systemic barriers to engagement, (2) delivering innovative mental health services in children’s natural environments, and (3) improving the cultural responsiveness of mental health services and systems. In this vein, her work has focused on using cultural assessment to inform case conceptualization and treatment planning and identifying effective culturally responsive strategies that address specific cultural and contextual challenges (e.g., racism/discrimination, acculturation, housing/food insecurity) and cultural strengths (e.g., racial/ethnic identity, community support) within mental health treatment. She is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine conducting community-partnered work to improve cultural responsiveness of community mental health services. 

Contact: Amanda.sanchez1@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sanchez, A. L., Comer, J. S., & LaRoche, M. (in press). Enhancing the Responsiveness of Family-Based CBT Through Culturally Informed Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

Comer, J.S., Furr, J.M., del Busto, C., Silva, K., Hong, N., Poznanski, B., Sanchez, A.L., Cornacchio, D., Herrera, A., Coxe, S., Miguel, E., Georgiadis, C., Conroy, K., & Puliafico, A.C. (in press). Therapist-led, internet-delivered treatment for early child social anxiety: A waitlist-controlled evaluation of the iCALM Telehealth Program. Behavior Therapy.

Cornacchio, D., Furr, J. M., Sanchez, A. L., Hong, N., Feinberg, L., Tenenbaum, R., Del Busto, C., Bry, L. J., Poznanski, B., Miguel, E., Ollendick T., Kurtz, S., & Comer, J. S. (2019). Intensive group behavioral treatment (IGBT) for children with selective mutism: A preliminary randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87(8), 720.

Hong, N., Sanchez, A., & Comer, J. S. (2019). Multi-media field test: Can users strike out OCD with the nOCD app? Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 

Sanchez, A. L., Comer, J. S. Coxe, S., Albano, A. M., Piacentini, J., Compton, S. N., Ginsburg, G. A., Rynn, M. A., Walkup, J. T., Sherrill, J. T., & Kendall, P. C. (2019). The effects of youth anxiety treatment on school impairment: Comparing differential outcomes across CBT, SSRI medication, and their combination. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 1-10.

Sanchez, A. L., Cornacchio, D., Poznanski, B. Golik, A., Chou, T., & Comer, J. S. (2018). The effectiveness of school-based mental health interventions for elementary aged youth: A meta-analysis. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 57(3), 153-165.

Cornacchio, D., Sanchez, A. L., Roy, A. K., Pincus, D. B., Read, K. L., Kendall, P. C., & Comer, J. S. (2018). Examining the underlying factor structure of the Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale for Children. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 53, 100-107.

Sanchez, A. L., Cornacchio, D., Chou, T., Leyfer, O., Coxe, S. & Pincus, D. B., Comer, J. S. (2017). Development of a scale to evaluate young children’s responses to uncertainty and low environmental structure. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 45, 17-33.

Comer, J. S., Furr, J. M., Kerns, C. E., Miguel, E., Coxe, S., Elkins, R. M., Carpenter, A. L., Cornacchio, D., Cooper-Vince, C. E., DeSerisy, M., Chou, T., Sanchez, A. L., Khanna, M., Franklin, M. E., Garcia, A. M., & Freeman, J. B. (2017). Internet-delivered, family-based treatment for early-onset OCD: A pilot randomized trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(2), 178-186.

Comer, J. S., Furr, J. M., Miguel, E., Cooper-Vince, C. E., Carpenter, A. L., Elkins, R. M., Kerns, C., Cornacchio, D., Chou, T., Coxe, S., DeSerisy, M., Sanchez, A. L., Golik, A., Martin, J., Myers, K., & Chase, R. (2017). Remotely delivering real-time parent training to the home: An initial randomized trial of Internet-delivered Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (I-PCIT). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(9), 909-917.

Cooper-Vince, C. E., DeSerisy, M., Cornacchio, D., Sanchez, A., Pincus, D. B., Musser, E., McLaughlin, K., & Comer, J. S. (2017) Parasympathetic reactivity and disruptive behavior problems in young children during interactions with mothers and other adults. Developmental Psychobiology, 59(4), 543-550.

Miguel, E., Chou, T., Golik, A., Cornacchio, D., Sanchez, A., DeSerisy, M., & Comer, J. S. (2017). Examining the scope and patterns of deliberate self-injurious cutting content in popular social media. Depression and Anxiety, 34(9), 786-793

Sanchez, A. L., Kendall, P. C. & Comer, J. S. (2016). Evaluating the intergenerational link between maternal and child intolerance of uncertainty: A preliminary cross-sectional evaluation. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40(4), 532-539. 

Brice, C., Masia Warner, C., Okazaki, S., Ma, P. W., Sanchez, A., Esseling, P., & Lynch C. (2015). Social anxiety and mental health service use among Asian American high school students. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 46(5), 693-701

Fernandez, M. A., Adelstein, J. S., Miller, S. P., Areizaga, M. J., Gold, D., Sanchez, A., Hirsch, E., & Rothschild, S. (2015). Teacher-child interaction training: A pilot study with random assignment. Behavior Therapy, 46(4), 463–477.

Book Chapters

Furr, J. M., Sanchez, A. L., Hong, N., & Comer, J. S. (2020). Exposure therapy for childhood selective mutism: principles, practices, and procedures. In J. McGuire, T. Peris, & E. Storch (Eds),  A Clinicians’ Guide to Exposure Therapy with Children and Adolescents. Elsevier.

Cornacchio, D., Bry, L., Poznanski, B., Sanchez, A. L. & Comer, J. S. (2017). Psychosocial Treatment and Prevention in Early Childhood Conduct Problems. In J. E. Lochman & W. Matthys (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Disruptive and Impulse-Control Disorders. Wiley Press.

Cornacchio, D., Sanchez, A. L., Chou, T., & Comer, J. S. (2017). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for children and adolescents. In S.G. Hofmann & G. Asmundson (Eds.), The science of cognitive behavioral therapy: From theory to therapy. New York: Elsevier.

Masia Warner, C., Colognori, D., Brice, C., Sanchez, A. (2015). Training school personnel to implement evidence-based intervention for social anxiety disorder. In Klaus Ranta & Luis Joaquin Garcia-Lopez (Eds.), An International Perspective on Social Anxiety Disorder. New York: Springer

Posters & Presentations

Presentations

Sanchez, A. L., Jent, J., Chavira, D., Comer, J. S. Augmenting standard assessment with the Cultural Formulation Interview to optimize engagement in child mental health services. In Sanchez, A. (Chair). Reducing disparities: Strategies for engaging minority and low-income families in mental health care. To be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in November 2018.

Sanchez, A. L. (Chair), Polo, A. (Discussant), Langer, D., Barnett, M., Davidson, B., & Hooley, C. Reducing disparities: Strategies for engaging minority and low-income families in mental health care. To be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in November 2018.

Sanchez, A. L., Cornacchio, D., Poznanski, B., Golik, A., Chou, T. & Comer, J. S. (2017, November). The effectiveness of school-based mental health services delivered by school personnel: A meta-analytic evaluation. In Sanchez, A. L. (Chair). Stepping out of our comfort zones: Moving beyond mental health clinics and delivering services to children in their natural environments. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. San Diego, CA.

Sanchez, A. L. (Chair), Atkins, M. (Discussant), Lakind D., Mehta, T., Ouellette, R. & Cusworth Walker, S. (2017, November). Stepping out of our comfort zones: Moving beyond mental health clinics and delivering services to children in their natural environments. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. San Diego, CA.

Cornacchio, D., Sanchez, A. L., Coxe, S., Roy, A., Kendall, P., & Comer, J. S. (2016, November). Evaluating the factor structure of the Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale for Children. In Sanchez, A. L. (Chair). New Directions in the Study of Intolerance of Uncertainty as a Transdiagnostic Factor Across Child Anxiety Disorders. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. New York, NY

Chou, T., Golik, A. M., Martin, J., Caproni, E., Carpenter, A.L., Cornacchio, D., Miguel, E., Sanchez, A., Elkins, R. M., & Comer, J. S. (2016, March). Beyond brick and mortar: A meta-analytic examination of the use of remote technologies to extend the reach of children’s mental health care. Paper presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Philadelphia, PA. 

Comer, J. S., Furr, J. M., Cooper-Vince, C., Carpenter, A. L., Elkins, R. M., Kerns, C. E., Chou, T., Cornacchio, D., Sanchez, A. L., DeSerisy, M., Miguel, E., Franklin, M. E., Khanna, M., Garcia, A. M., & Freeman, J. (2016, March). Internet-delivered treatment for early-onset OCD: Results from a pilot randomized trial. Paper presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Philadelphia, PA. 

Sanchez, A. L., Cornacchio, D., Chou, T., Leyfer, O., Coxe, S., Pincus, D., & Comer, J. S. (2016, November). Development and Psychometric Evaluation of a Scale to Evaluate Young Children’s Responses to Uncertainty and Low Environmental Structure. In Sanchez, A. L. (Chair). New Directions in the Study of Intolerance of Uncertainty as a Transdiagnostic Factor Across Child Anxiety Disorders. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. New York, NY.

Sanchez, A. L. (Chair), Carleton, N. (Discussant), Cornacchio, D., Rogers, J., Cowie, J. & Szabo-Long, C. (2016, October). New Directions in the Study of Intolerance of Uncertainty as a Transdiagnostic Factor Across Child Anxiety Disorders. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. New York, NY. 

Sanchez, A. L., Chou, T., Becker K. D., Zoromski, A. K., Ogle, R. R., & Hooley, C. (2015, November). New Advances and Recent Innovations in the School-Based Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Chicago, Il.

Sanchez, A., Greif Green, J., & Comer, J. S. (2015, April). Adjustment among children with relatives who participated in the manhunt following the Boston Marathon attack. Paper presented at the 34th annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Miami, FL.

Fernandez, M. A., Miller, S. P., Gold, D., Hirsch, E., Kurtz, S. M., Adelstein, J., Sanchez A., Rothschild, S., Areizaga, M., Rachlin, A., Barberie, S., Milham, M., & Klein, D. (2012, November). Teacher-Child Interaction Training: Coaching towards progress. In R. Chase (Chair). A closer look at coaching: New developments in the use of live therapist feedback in Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Symposium presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD

Fernandez, M. A., Gold, D., Hirsch, E., Adelstein, J.S., Sanchez, A., Rothschild, S., Miller, S. P., Areizaga, M., Kurtz, S. M., Milham, M., & Klein, D. (2013, September). A pilot study of Teacher-Child Interaction Training (TCIT) with random assignment: Results and reflections. In K. Budd (Chair). A Closer look at coaching: Implementing Teacher-Child Interaction Training: Lessons Learned in Collaborating with School Partners. Symposium presented at the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy International Biennial Conference, Boston, MA.

Schnorrbusch, C., Oganesova, M., Chevere, C., Abbato, R., Sanchez, A., Brice, C & Masia, C. (2014, November).  Sustainability of a School-based Intervention for Social Anxiety: Do school counselors retain their ability to implement CBT in the long-term? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Masia Warner, C., Brice, C., Moceri, D. C., Mufson, L., Lynch, C., Klein, R., & Sanchez, A. (2014, November). CBT for social anxiety disorder delivered by school counselors: Preliminary results of a randomized controlled trial. Paper presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Posters

Conroy, K., Frech, N., Sanchez, A. L., Bagner, D., Comer, J. S. (2020, November). Parental stress in immigrant and cultural minority families of preschoolers with developmental delay: Examining the roles of acculturation, enculturation, and child problem severity. Poster accepted for presentation at the 54th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

*Moreira, E., Cruz, E., Sanchez, A., Comer, J. Cultural Formulation Interview fidelity predicting satisfaction and early treatment attendance. Poster to be presented at the Miami International Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MICAMH) conference in February 2019.

*Cruz, E., Moreira, E., Sanchez, A., Comer, J. Assessing Cultural Formulation Interview Fidelity among community clinicians. Poster to be presented at the Miami International Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MICAMH) conference in February 2019.

Silva, K., Del Busto, C., Sanchez, A. L., Feinberg, L., Tsalikis, E., Furr, J., Comer, J. S. Family accommodation and child anxiety: The moderating role of cultural competence. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in November 2018.

Tsalikis, E., Feinberg, L., Sanchez, A. L., Miguel, E., Comer, J. S., & del Busto, C. T (2018, April). The relationship between parent accommodation and child anxiety severity: Examining the cultural differences between Hispanic and European-American families. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 2018.

*Moreira, E., Cornacchio, D., Sanchez A. L., & Comer, J. S. (2018, March). Examining the effects of stigma related attitudes on pursuing face-to-face and internet-based mental health services. Poster presented at FIU’s annual Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Sanchez, A. L., Miguel, E., & Comer, J. S. (2017, November). Examining predictors of drop out in a pilot randomized trial of Internet-delivered Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (I-PCIT). Poster presented at the 51st annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention. San Diego, CA.

*Martin, J., Sanchez, A. L., Ramos, F. G., & Comer, J. S. (2017, November). Examining the Course of Treatment for Latino Families Receiving PCIT Services. Poster presented at the 51st annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention. San Diego, CA.

Chou, T., Shernoff, E., Sanchez, A. L., Frazier, S., Lisetti, C., Lunn, S., & Brown, C. (2016, October). Iterative development in action: Building interactive virtual training for early career educators. Poster presented at the 50th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies SIG Poster Exposition. New York City, NY.

Miguel, E. M., Golik, A.M., Chou, T., Cornacchio, D., Sanchez, A. L., DeSerisy, M., & Comer, J. S. (2015, February). Suicide and self-injury content on popular social media. Poster presented at the Biennial Niagara in Miami Conference on Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Miami, FL.

Sanchez, A. L., Brice, C., Lynch, C., Masia Warner, C. (2013, November). Perceptions of social anxiety among Asian American high school students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. 

Areizaga, M. J., Sanchez, A. L., Grosovsky, E. B., Lansiquot, S., Cornacchio, D., Duncalf, J. N., Stein, R., Fernandez, M. A. (2013, November). Short-term follow-up of families who participate in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: An outpatient clinic sample three to six months post-treatment. Poster presented at the 45th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN, November 2013.

Herzig, K., Stewart, C. E., Sanchez, A., Masia Warner, C. (2013, November). Parent-child relationship factors in adolescent anxiety: The development of the Parent-Child Co-Worry Questionnaire. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

Sanchez, A. L., Cornacchio, D., Lansiquot, S., Grosovsky, E. B., Duncalf. J. N., Stein, R., Areizaga, M. J., Fernandez, M. A. (September 2013). Short-term follow-up of families who participate in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: An outpatient clinic sample six to nine months post-treatment. Poster presented at the 2013 PCIT International Convention, Boston, MA.

Cornacchio, D., Grosovsky, E. B., Lansiquot, S., Areizaga, M. J., Sanchez, A. L., Duncalf. J. N., Stein, R., Fernandez, M. A. (September 2013). Predictors of attrition from Parent Child Interaction Therapy in an outpatient clinical sample. Poster presented at the 2013 PCIT International Convention, Boston, MA.

Essling, P., Fox, J., Lurie, S., Stewart, C., Sanchez, A., Herzig, K., & Masia, C. (2012, November). Relationship between parental attitude and child anxiety: Does treatment influence parental attitude? Poster presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

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