Amanda V. Bakian, PhD

Research Interests

  • Experimental Design, Outcomes Research
  • Geographical Epidemiology
  • Gene-Environment Interaction
  • Public Health Surveillance Systems
  • Spatial Statistics


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family and Preventive Medicine - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychiatry - Research Assistant Professor
  • Divisions: Child Psychiatry, Public Health

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-5413
  • 650 Komas
    Department of Psychiatry
    650 Komas Drive, Room: 206
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Bakian joined the Department of Psychiatry in 2010 as epidemiologist for the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities (URADD). Her research is in the geographical, environmental and gene-environmental epidemiology of psychiatric conditions including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental disorders, and suicide. She is interested in understanding how environmental contributors modify and mediate the relationship between genetic risk factors and risk of psychiatric conditions including ASD and suicide. In addition, she studies how patterns of macro and micro-scale geographical, environmental, and sociodemographic variables influence the spatial distribution of risk for psychiatric conditions. Her statistical expertise is in the design and analysis of observational studies and the formulation of explanatory models to identify environmental, sociodemographic, and birth risk factors involved in the etiology of psychiatric conditions. Amanda contributes to the operation of two public health surveillance systems in Utah. She is Director and Epidemiologist of URADD as well as co-investigator of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Utah Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring site.

Education History

Type School Degree
Post Graduate Training University of Utah
Comparative Effectiveness Research
Postgraduate Studies
Doctoral Training Utah State University
Graduate Training Utah State University
Fellowship Kyoto University
Ecological statistics
Undergraduate Colby College

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Fellowship Kyoto University
Ecological statistics
Fellow Japan