Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Amy Bohnert

Title: Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology

Office: 241 Coffey Hall

Phone: 773.508.2691

Email: abohner@luc.edu


Personal Information

Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology (also affiliated with Developmental Psychology Program)

Ph.D., Penn State University

Check out my research lab here: Activity Matters Lab 

Research Interests:

Dr. Bohnert is an Associate Professor in Clinical and Developmental Psychology. Her program of research focuses on how various contexts, especially organized activities, might serve a protective role in development, including fewer behavior problems and better social and emotional adjustment. In particular, she is interested in whether activity involvement may facilitate better adjustment across important developmental transitions. Recently, she has focused on examining associations between urban, low income, minority youth’s activity involvement and obesogenic behaviors, such poor dietary practices and physical inactivity. As part of an ongoing multi-disciplinary collaboration with faculty within the Department of Psychology and Stritch Medical Center's Department of Epidemiology, she plans to continue to develop her program of research in this area.  In addition, she has recently extended her work to Latin America in a new partnership with Global Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. The lab is currently collecting data in rural Honduras to investigate how mental health relates to social/role functioning and whether spirituality may play a protective role.

At the graduate level, Dr. Bohnert teaches courses in Social Development, Child Psychopathology, Child Assessment, and serves as a clinical supervisor of the 2nd year students at Loyola’s Wellness Center. At the undergraduate level, she teaches Introductory Psychology. When she is not working, she can be found chasing after her two children or looking for opportunities to cook, travel, or exercise with her husband.

Graduate Classes:
Social Development
Wellness Center Practicum
Child Assessment

Recent Publications:

Karr, T., Davidson, D., Bryant, F., Balague, G. & Bohnert, A. (In press). The role of sport type, family dynamics, maternal body dissatisfaction, and athletic self-efficacy on body dissatisfaction among high school female athletes. Body Image.

 Travers, L., Bohnert, A., & Randall, E. (In press). Adolescent adjustment and affluent communities: The role of goal orientation and motivational climate. Journal of Adolescence.

 Bohnert, A., & Ward, A. K. (2013). Making a difference: Evaluating the girls in the game (GIG) after-school program. Journal of Early Adolescence, 33, 104-130.

 Randall, E. & Bohnert, A. (2011). Understanding threshold effects of organized activity involvement in adolescents: Sex, family, and income as moderators. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 107-118.

 Stanley, C & Bohnert, A. (2011). The moderating effects of organized activities on the relations between body mass and social adjustment in adolescents. North American of Journal of Psychology, 13, 201-218.

 Bohnert, A., Randall, E., Tharp, S., & Germann, J. (2011). The development and evaluation of a youth-designed portion plate: A Pilot Study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 43, 268-273.

 Riggs, N., Bohnert, A., Guzman, M. & Davidson, D (2010). Examining the potential of community-based after-school programming for Latino youth. American Journal of Community Psychology.

 Bohnert, A. Richards, M., Kohl, K., & Randall, E. (2010). Discretionary time activities and emotional experiences as predictors of delinquency and depressive symptoms among urban African American adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Bohnert, A., Richards, M., Kolmodin, K., & Lakin, B. (2008). Urban African American young adolescents' experience of discretionary time activities. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 18, 517-539.

 Bohnert, A., Kane, P., & Garber, J. (2008). Organized activity participation and internalizing and externalizing Syndromes: reciprocal relations during adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 37, 239-250.  

 Bohnert, A. & Garber, J. (2007). Prospective relations between organized activity participation and psychopathology during adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35, 1021-1033.

 Bohnert, A, Martin, N, & Garber, J. (2007). Predicting adolescents’ organized activity involvement: The role of maternal depression history, family relationship quality and adolescent cognitions. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 17, 221-244.   

 Bohnert, A., Aikins, J., & Edidin, J. (2007). The role of organized activities in facilitating social adaptation across the transition to college. Journal of Adolescent Research, 22, 189-208.