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.


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

Adolescent peer relationships and emerging adult romantic styles: A longitudinal study of youth in an Italian community
Journal of Adolescent Research
DOI: 10.1177/0743558409341080

Research Group Members

Katelynn Boerner, Postdoctoral Fellow
Katie Coopersmith
Alessandra DiGiacomo, Doctoral Practicum Student (Psychology)
Katherine Edwards, Resident
Katie Green, Graduate Student
Jazzmin Grose
Sina Lighvan, Undergraduate Student
Elizabeth Stanford
Riley Stewart-Patterson
Clara Westwell-Roper