Amanda McDougald Scott
Amanda McDougald Scott, MS serves as Research Associate for the Institute for Child Success. She has a Master of Science in Applied Experimental Psychology and is currently pursuing her PhD in International Community and Family Studies at Clemson. Amanda is also a graduate of the Furman Women’s Leadership Institute.
Before joining ICS, she served as Project Coordinator for the Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative, helping to build the grassroots-based non-profit organization to provide services and resources with the children and families of a high-needs area of Greenville, South Carolina. Amanda has also benefitted from experiences working with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Center for Health Services Research as a Program Coordinator for the Effective Health Communication Core and Caring Hearts Study; and the Georgia Prevention Institute (at Augusta University, formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia) as a Research Associate performing cognitive assessments with children in a childhood obesity study. She also founded a non-profit, Healthy Augusta, which endeavors to implement the childhood obesity research at Augusta University into policy and action in the Central Savannah River Area. While Amanda was pursuing her Masters degree, she served as a Georgia Governor’s Intern, and worked as a legislative assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources during Session.
Amanda is Vice Chair of the GHS Children’s Hospital Community Advisory Council, serves on the Junior League of Greenville Community Projects Research and Development Committee, as well as the Keeping Greenville County Beautiful Board. She serves as an at-large Board Member of the Upstate Network for the Urban League of the Upstate.
Amanda’s academic interests include improving access to healthcare, health literacy, social justice, dissemination and implementation, community based participatory research, social determinants of health, and action research. She has experience in community engagement, non-profits, patient interviewing, cognitive assessment, development and implementation of patient-facing online disease management tools, working with patient health portals, research methods, grant writing, and health literacy work. Amanda is also extremely interested in her toddler son, family, community, and friends.