• Dhariwal, Amrit

    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital

    Staff Psychologist, Psychiatry Teaching and Consultation Clinic, BC Children’s Hospital 
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations

    PhD, RPsych

    Primary Area of Research
    Brain, Behaviour & Development
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children’s Hospital 

    Box 141 

    4500 Oak St Vancouver BC, V6H 3N1 

    Office: P4-205 Mental Health Building

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas

    • Somatization
    • Parent-child relationships
    • Program evaluation
    • Psychotherapeutic interventions
    • Developmental trajectories


    Dr. Dhariwal is a clinical researcher and practicing psychologist. Her past research focused on the longitudinal development and function of parent, peer, and romantic relationships between adolescence and early adulthood.

    Her research efforts have converged with her clinical interests to focus on the tie between such interpersonal relationships and mental health. In collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, her current research is centered on family-based psychotherapies for young people presenting with disorders of somatization. Somatization is the physical experience of emotional distress. Her research group is currently evaluating the clinical utility of the Mind-Body Connection, a novel group-based family intervention designed to treat somatization by validating patients’ medical journeys, making connections between these journeys and emotional stress, and supporting healthy emotional attunement between family members.

    Current Projects
    Selected Publications

    Dhariwal, A., & Connolly, J. (2013). Romantic experiences of homeland and diaspora South Asian youth: Westernizing processes of media and friends. [Special Issue: Adolescents in the Majority World] Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23, 45-56. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2012.00803.x

    Dhariwal, A., & Connolly, J. (2012). The scope of Canadian research on adolescent romantic relationships. International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Bulletin, 1, 27-31. (Invited Review).

    Dhariwal, A., Connolly, J., Paciello, M., & Caprara, G.V. (2009). Adolescent peer relationships and emerging adult romantic styles: A longitudinal study of youth in an Italian community. Journal of Adolescent Research, 24, 579-600. doi: 10.1177/0743558409341080

    Connolly, J., Craig, W. M., Pepler, D., Friedlander, L., & Dhariwal, A. (2004). Promoting Peace and Preventing Violence in Adolescent Relationships: A Manual for High Schools. LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution. Toronto, ON.

    Honours & Awards
    Research Group Members

    • Dr. Theresa Newlove – Head of Psychology
    • Dr. Andrea Chapman – Child Psychiatrist 
    • Dr. Janine Slavec – Postdoctoral Fellow (Integrative Health)
    • Hope Walker – Doctoral Resident (Psychology)
    • Katie Coopersmith – Research Assistant
    • Jennifer Pooni – Research Assistant
    • Reghan Strutt – Research Assistant