Amanda graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American studies. After graduating, she participated in several volunteer and research projects that focused on various community health initiatives. Her work with the Samaritans of New York Suicide Prevention Hotline and the F.A.I.T.H. Project, a research study that aimed to create partnerships with New York City churches in order to help people of African descent improve their hypertension, sparked her interest in the client-centered counseling style of motivational interviewing. Amanda joined Dr. Gould’s research unit in 2015, where she helps to assess the quality of online crisis chat services provided by crisis centers in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) network. She also serves as a research assistant on a study that evaluates the clinical follow-up that NSPL telephone crisis centers provide to suicidal clients who have recently been discharged from emergency rooms or inpatient psychiatric hospitals.
Amanda Hoyte, BA