Amy L Gunty
Amy Gunty is a researcher in the Institute on Community Integration and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Family Social Science. She has worked with children and families for over 20 years, 15 of which she has spent supporting children with developmental disabilities or emotional and behavioral disorders and their families. During this time, she has fulfilled many roles, including preschool teacher, direct support professional, case manager, individual and family therapist, and day treatment clinician.
As a researcher, she has particular interest in enhancing the ways that medical, mental and behavioral health, and disability service systems can best support the individuals and families for whom they provide care. Currently, this work falls into three main categories:
- Mixed-methods research that aims to better understand services and supports that allow people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to live and work in their communities;
- Work that utilizes primarily advanced quantitative methods (e.g., LPA/LCA, SEM, HLM/LME) to investigate ways to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of intervention; and
- Studies leveraging advanced qualitative methodologies (e.g., ethnography, hermeneutic phenomenology) to better understand the interplay between the provider-patient relationship and the way patients experience their illnesses, injuries, and disabilities.
Her lecturing currently focuses on presenting workshops and courses that make the science of well-being (Positive Psychology) accessible and actionable. She provides these workshops and courses for multiple audiences within and outside the University of Minnesota. Topics covered include resilience, hope, optimism, positivity, and character strengths, among others. Her presentations on gratitude, in particular, have been popular with many different organizations.
Her consulting focuses primarily on enhancing family support. She works directly with families, with schools, and with organizations that are working to be more inclusive in their practices. Her goal is to provide strategies and equipment that are (or can be) personalized to best support each individual and family (e.g., https://mcm.org/accessibility).