Amy Margolis, PhD

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Overview

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC

Dr. Amy Margolis is Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology with an appointment in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and an affiliation with the Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Laboratory. The scientific question she seeks to answer concerns how learning problems are related to underlying deficiencies in the structure and function of neural systems that support learning processes.

In the first decade of her career, she established a pediatric neuropsychology training program in comprehensive assessment and treatment of children with learning disabilities and attention disorders. She developed novel treatment methods for children with learning disabilities and attention disorders by combining tutoring, cognitive remediation and psychotherapy techniques.

In 2010 Dr. Margolis transitioned to a research career, in which she seeks to use neuroimaging to inform the development of novel therapeutics and early prevention programs for people with learning disabilities.

She is Principal Investigator of a project sponsored by the NVLD Project that examines the neural correlates of Non-Verbal Learning Disability. She is also Principal Investigator of the Promise Project Reading Study that examines how neural circuits that support cognitive control and learning processes produce reading disorders. 

She also studies how exposure to neurotoxic chemicals may affect neurodevelopment and manifest as subsequent learning and social problems. She is Principal Investigator on a study entitled, “Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollutants on Neurodevelopment & the Manifestation of Learning Disorders” funded by the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health In Northern Manhattan.

Dr. Margolis received a B.A. in The Evolution of Human Behavior from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Applied Educational Psychology: School Psychology, and an MSEd. in Neuroscience and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Gender

  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • 2000 Teacher's College/Columbia Univ
  • PhD, Columbia University, Teachers College

Research

Dr. Margolis seeks to use neuroimaging to inform the development of novel therapeutics and early prevention programs for people with learning disabilities. She also studies how exposure to neurotoxic chemicals may affect neurodevelopment and manifest as subsequent learning and social problems. 

Research Interests

  • Learning disorders
  • Exposure to neurotoxicants
  • Neuroimaging

Grants

IDENTIFYING NEWBORNS AT RISK OF ADVERSE NEURODEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOMES AND OBESITY FROM AIR POLLUTION (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2018 - Aug 31 2023

EFFECTS OF PRENATAL EXPOSURE TO ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO SMOKE ON BRAIN FUNCTION AND ACADEMIC SKILLS (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2016 - Aug 31 2021

SUPPLEMENT (S1) (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2015 - Jun 30 2020

THE COLUMBIA CENTER FOR CHILDREN S ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2015 - Aug 31 2019

PRENATAL ENDOCRINE-DISRUPTING CHEMICALS AND SOCIAL/COGNITIVE RISK INMOTHERS AND INFANTS: POTENTIAL BIOLOGIC PATHWAYS (Federal Gov)

Feb 15 2018 - Jan 31 2019

TEMPORAL SPECIFICATION OF NEURONAL FUNCTION AND ITS RELEVANCE TO MENTAL HEALTH (Federal Gov)

Jun 20 2016 - Dec 31 2016

COLUMBIA CENTER FOR CHILDREN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH - ADMIN CORE (Federal Gov)

Nov 1 2003 - Sep 23 2015

TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH TRAINING IN CHILD PSYCHIATRY (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2010 - Jun 30 2015

COLUMBIA CENTER FOR CHILDREN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH - ADMIN CO RE (Federal Gov)

Nov 1 2003 - Sep 23 2014