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  Amanda Harrison
Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist

Tel: 412.383.8428
Biography
Amanda M. Harrison graduated with a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education in 2000 from Cameron University in Lawton, OK. Upon graduation, she was an Oklahoma State Certified Teacher in the Lawton Public Schools for grades K-8. After returning to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA in 2001, Amanda took on the role of Lead Teacher in the 2 year old classroom at Mercy Hospital’s Child Development Center. Amanda’s experience in the mental health field began at The Watson Institute. Here, she worked directly as a Therapeutic Staff Support professional to meet the needs and goals of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She successfully completed a Masters in Community Counseling from Slippery Rock University in 2006. The program provided her with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Counseling, concentrating in play and behavioral therapy techniques and enabled her to deepen her focus on working with at-risk youth. Amanda’s therapeutic experience continued at FamilyLinks as an Outpatient Therapist, where she provided direct counseling services to children, families, and adults. In addition to extending her services in local elementary schools through the agency’s School Partnership Program, she continued her mission to improve the lives of children and families through the development and implementation of therapeutic and support groups. While at FamilyLinks, Amanda earned the designation of National Certified Counselor. Amanda went on to become a Mobile Therapist/Behavioral Specialist Consultant for Allegheny Children’s Initiative serving as the Lead Clinician to provide intensive home and community based mental health services. Combining her education and experience, Amanda transitioned to the role of an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant for the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh in July of 2010. In her current role she provides Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation services to childcare centers and families for the 0-5 population.