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Amanda Guyer


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Yale University, 2003
  • M.Phil., Developmental Psychology, Yale University, 2001
  • M.S., Developmental Psychology, Yale University, 2000
  • B.A., Psychology, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1995 (Honors)


Developmental psychologist Amanda Guyer is an associate professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Unit of the Department of Human Ecology. She has expertise in the biological, cognitive and social-emotional aspects of human development during adolescence — notably, the behavioral and neural mechanisms that may underlie the way that adolescents think and feel. She is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, on the training faculty of the Bay Area Affective Science Training Program, an associate editor for Child Development, and a standing member of the NIH's Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention Study Section.

Research Focus

Dr. Guyer investigates neural and behavioral underpinnings of adolescent psychopathology (e.g., depression, anxiety, substance use) via social, emotional and cognitive processes. She studies how adolescents process facial emotions, social threats, and peer evaluation, and how adolescents regulate their behavior in response to incentives or when making decisions in risk-taking contexts. She examines age-, temperament- and gender-related differences in these processes as well as variability in adolescent development as a function of stressful life events, poverty, and peer and family factors. Dr. Guyer is conducting longitudinal studies of neurobiological, psychophysiological and environmental influences on the course of depression and substance use in adolescence.

Selected Publications

Weissman, D. G.,  Schriber, R. A., Fassbender, C., Atherton, O., Krafft, C., Robins, R. W., Hastings, P. D., & Guyer, A. E. (2015). Earlier adolescent substance use onset predicts stronger connectivity between reward and cognitive control brain networks. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2015.07.002

Guyer, A. E., Jarcho, J., Pérez-Edgar, K., Degnan, K., Pine, D. S., Fox, N. A., & Nelson, E. E. (2015). Temperament and parenting styles in early childhood differentially influence neural response to peer evaluation in adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. doi:10.1007/s10802-015-9973-2

Romens, S. E., Casement, M. D., McAloon, R., Keenan, K., Hipwell, A. E., Guyer, A. E., & Forbes, E. E. (2015). Adolescent girls' neural response to reward mediates the relation between childhood financial disadvantage and depression. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12410

Perez-Edgar, K. & Guyer, A. E. (2014). Behavioral inhibition: Temperament or prodrome? Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports, 1, 182–190. doi:10.1007/s40473-014-0019-9

Casement, M. D., Guyer, A. E., Hipwell, A. E., McAloon, R., L., Hoffmann, A. M., Keenan, K. E., & Forbes, E. E. (2014). Girls' challenging social experiences in early adolescence predict neural response to rewards and depressive symptoms. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 8, 18–27. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2013.12.003


Amanda Guyer teaches courses in Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development, and Developmental Neuroscience and Adolescent Psychopathology.


UC Davis Chancellor's Fellow, 2014–2015

Faculty of the Year Award, Human Development, Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis, 2013

Social Sciences Dean's Innovation Award, Division of Social Sciences, College of Letters and Science, UC, Davis, 2011

William T. Grant Scholars Award, William T. Grant Foundation, 2011-2016

Postdoctoral Training Fellowship, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience, Mood and Anxiety Program, Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, 2003–07