Amy Hunter, PhD (Affiliate)

Assistant Professor

Community Medicine and Health Care

Research Overview

My research is focused on child maltreatment prevention, and interventions to improve detection in clinical settings. My current projects include using machine learning to develop a maltreatment risk score based on clinical diagnoses, and studying the impact of COVID-19 on the rates and severity of maltreatment in CT. As the PI of the Connecticut Injury Surveillance System at Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center, I have published studies examining fatal and non-fatal opioid overdose, and studies examining how changes in the medical coding nosology have influenced maltreatment surveillance. I have also conducted studies of fatal child maltreatment (including fatal poisonings) using the National Violent Death Reporting System, funded by the American Public Health Association.


MPH West Virginia University 2013
PhD West Virginia University 2017

Recent Publications

1. Hunter AA, Flores G. Social determinants of health and child maltreatment: a systematic review, Pediatric Research (2020). In press.

2. Bentivegna K, McCollum S, Wu R, Hunter, AA. A state-wide analysis of pediatric scald burns by tap water. 2016-2018. Burns (2020). In press.

3. Schwab-Reese L, Murfree L, Coppola E, Hunter AA. Homicide-suicide across the lifespan: a mixed methods examination of factors contributing to older adult perpetration. Aging and Mental Health (2020). 1-9.

4. Hunter AA, Livingston N, DiVietro S, Bentivegna K , Schwab-Reese L, Bernstein B. Documentation of child maltreatment following the transition to ICD-10-CM, 2016-2018, Injury Prevention (2020).

5. Hunter AA, Bernstein B. Identification of child maltreatment-related emergency department visits in Connecticut, 2011-2014, Clinical Pediatrics (2019).

6. Hunter AA, DiVietro S, Schwab-Reese L, Riffon, M. An epidemiologic examination of perpetrators of fatal child maltreatment using the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), 2011-2015, Journal of Interpersonal Violence (2019).

7. Bentivegna K, Durante A, Livingston N, Hunter AA. Child Sexual Abuse identified in Emergency Departments Using ICD-9-CM, 2011-2014. Journal of Emergency Medicine (2019).

8. Rivera Jr. A , Hunter AA. Emergency department visits involving opioids in Connecticut, 2011-2015, Journal of Substance Use (2019).

9. Clinton H, Hunter AA, Logan S, Lapidus G. (2019) Evaluating Opioid Overdose in Connecticut Using the National Violent Death Reporting System, 2016. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 194, 371-376.

10. Zullig KJ, Collins R, Ghani N, Hunter AA, Patton JM, Huebner ES, Zhang J. (2015). Preliminary Development of a Revised Version of the School Climate Measure. Psychological Assessment, 27 (3), 1072-81.

11. Valois, R.F., Zullig, K.J., & Hunter, A.A. (2013) Association Between Adolescent Suicide Ideation, Suicide Attempts and Emotional Self-Efficacy. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(2), 1-12.


Contact Information
Mailing Address265 Farmington Avenue Farmington, CT 06030