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Amanda Berger Ph.D.

Amanda Berger, Ph.D.

Outside Scholar and Adjunct Professor

Family Science
Food and Drug Administration
Silver Spring , Maryland 20993
Office Phone: 240-402-5943


  1. Ph.D., Family Science, University of Maryland, 2011
  2. M.A., Education and Human Development, George Washington University, 2007
  3. B.S., Psychology and Cognitive Studies (dual degree), Vanderbilt University, 2005


Amanda Berger, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Family Science from the University of Maryland, School of Public Health and her Master’s degree in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. She also obtained a graduate certificate in University Teaching and Learning from the University of Maryland. Dr. Berger’s area of expertise relates to the population health of children, adolescents, and young adults, with a particular focus on substance use (including tobacco use) and sexual and reproductive health risk. She has expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research. She is skilled in conducting demographic research using complex survey methodology.

Dr. Berger currently serves as a National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for the Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Health Communication and Education (OHCE). In this capacity, she contributes to the formative development of and impact evaluation of public health education campaigns aimed at reducing youth tobacco use. Dr. Berger also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health.

In her role as an MPRC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Berger serves as the Principal Investigator for a study using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. In this study, she is examining links between early childhood and adolescent family influences and subsequent adolescent and young adult sexual and substance use and reproductive risk behaviors and outcomes (including condom and contraceptive use, multiple sexual partnerships, sexually transmitted infections, and teen and unintended pregnancies), with a particular emphasis on racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes.

Working with Sandra Hofferth


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