Dr. Amanda N’zi is passionate about providing high-quality and evidence-based services to families in the Denver Metro Area. Dr. N’zi is an expert in child behavior problems, anxiety, ADHD, neurodevelopment, adoption, and trauma-informed care. She has extensive training in early childhood (0-5), school-age, and adolescent interventions. She is a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado (PSY.0004155) and the certified trainer for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy in the state of Colorado and Wyoming.
Dr. Amanda N’zi earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Clinical and Health Psychology where she trained with the developer of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Dr. Sheila Eyberg. She completed her internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with a focus on pediatric and clinical child psychology and participated in the Interdisciplinary Training Program for Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. N’zi completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect at the Children’s Hospital Colorado focusing researching and implementing family emotion communication Interventions and trauma-informed interventions. She began her career as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Kempe Center and the Department of Rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital Colorado before starting private practice. Throughout her training and career, Dr. N'zi's skills in therapy and communication have been highlighted through awards and recognition, including the Florence E. Shaffer Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychotherapuetic Counseling from the University of Florida.
Dr. N'zi is a published author writing several articles and chapters on evidence-based child intervention. She is a skilled intervention researcher. She is an invited speaker presenting on topics including: evidence-based treatments for children, trauma-informed care, social-emotional development, and child sexual development. Her current project includes developing a text-messaging application for positive parenting.
Stevens, M. & N'zi, A.M. (2018). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Handbook of Infant Mental Health-4th edition. Ed. Charles H. Zeenah, Jr. Guilford Press, New York, NY.
N'zi, A.M., Stevens, M., & Eyberg, S. (2016) Child Directed Interaction Training for young children in kinship care: A pilot Study. International Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect, 55. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.03.001
Hambrick, E., Oppenheim-Weller, S., N'zi, A.M., & Taussig, H. (2016) Mental health interventions for children in foster care: A systematic review. Child and Youth Services Review, 70, 65-77. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.09.002.
N'zi, A.M., Lucash, R.E., Clionsky, L.N., & Eyberg, S.M. (2016.) Enhancing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with Motivational Interviewing Techniques, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 24, doi: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2016.03.002