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 physical symptoms affected by somatization.


Somatic symptom disorder, conversion disorder, and chronic pain: Pediatric clinician perspectives.
Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology
Kim R. Edwards and C. Meghan McMurtry and Bruce Dick and Rebecca Lewinson and Amrit Dhariwal and Joel Katz
DOI: 10.1037/cpp0000377

Atypical Somatic Symptoms in Adults With Prolonged Recovery From Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Frontiers in Neurology
Stubbs, J.L. and Green, K.E. and Silverberg, N.D. and Howard, A. and Dhariwal, A.K. and Brubacher, J.R. and Garraway, N. and Heran, M.K.S. and Sekhon, M.S. and Aquino, A. and Purcell, V. and Hutchison, J.S. and Torres, I.J. and Panenka, W.J.
DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2020.00043

Making Sense of "somatization": A Systematic Review of its Relationship to Pediatric Pain
Journal of Pediatric Psychology
Boerner, K.E. and Green, K. and Chapman, A. and Stanford, E. and Newlove, T. and Edwards, K. and Dhariwal, A.
DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsz102

JPP Student Journal Club Commentary: When Adults Evaluate a Child’s Pain: Considering Study Methodology, Gender Bias and Parental Experience
Journal of Pediatric Psychology
DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsz012

4.31 The Roles of Symptom Class and Stress Regulation in Explaining Somatization and Functioning in Hospital-Referred Youth
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Amrit K. Dhariwal and Katherine E. Green and Andrea J.M. Chapman
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.09.257

4.32 Relationship Between Stage of Behavior Change and Functioning in Youth With Somatization
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Katelynn E. Boerner and Amrit K. Dhariwal and Tyler Pirlot and Claire M. De Souza
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.09.258

13.1 The Development and Evaluation of a Multifamily Treatment Approach for Adolescents Affected by Somatic Symptoms
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Amrit K. Dhariwal
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.07.083

The mind-body connection program for somatization in youth: A novel intervention for engaging families in mental health care
Canadian Journal of Pain
DOI: 10.1080/24740527.2017.1329312

Romantic Experiences of Homeland and Diaspora South Asian Youth: Westernizing Processes of Media and Friends
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Amrit Dhariwal and Jennifer Connolly
DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2012.00803.x

The scope of Canadian research on adolescent romantic relationships
International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Bulletin

Adolescent Peer Relationships and Emerging Adult Romantic Styles
Journal of Adolescent Research
Amrit Dhariwal and Jennifer Connolly and Marinella Paciello and Gian Vittorio Caprara
DOI: 10.1177/0743558409341080

Research Group Members

Charis Chu
Mary Crichton, Volunteer
Adam Dorner, Volunteer
Isabelle Gouin, Volunteer
Reina Imai, Volunteer
Allison Lui, Medical Student
Bianca Matthews, Summer Student - Research Assistant
Emma Miller
Hannah Mohun, Doctoral Student
Octavian Turner, Research Assistant