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Dr. Amrit Dhariwal

Investigator, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Research Institute

Primary research areas

  • Somatization
  • Attachment
  • Developmental trajectories
  • Family therapy
  • Integrated knowledge translation

About Amrit K. Dhariwal, Ph.D., R.Psych

  • Investigator, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Research Institute
  • Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UBC Medicine
  • Psychologist, Psychiatry Teaching and Consultation Clinic, BC Children’s Hospital 

Dr. Dhariwal is a clinical researcher and practicing psychologist. She has a special interest in developing, providing, and evaluating psychological treatments for children and teens affected by somatization (the physical expression of mental phenomena). In particular, her projects focus on ways interpersonal relationships and emotion regulation strategies facilitate healthy development and well-being.  

Recent publications 

See Dr. Amrit Dhariwal's publications on ORCID

Virk, P., Ellis, J., Dhariwal, A., Chapman, A., & Doan, Q. (2021). The utility of universal screening for somatization in a pediatric emergency department: A prospective evaluation. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1177/13591045211017619

Edwards, K. R., McMurtry, C. M., Dick, B., Lewinson, R., Dhariwal, A., & Katz, J. (2021). Somatic symptom disorder, conversion disorder, and chronic pain: Pediatric clinician perspectives. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. Advance online publication.

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. Atypical Somatic Symptoms in Adults With Prolonged Recovery From Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Frontiers in Neurology. DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2020.00043. 2020

Katelynn E Boerner, PhD, RPsych, Katherine Green, BSc, Andrea Chapman, MD, FRCPC, Elizabeth Stanford, PhD, RPsych, Theresa Newlove, PhD, RPsych, Katherine Edwards, MD, Amrit Dhariwal, PhD, RPsych, Making Sense of “Somatization”: A Systematic Review of its Relationship to Pediatric Pain, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Volume 45, Issue 2, March 2020, Pages 156–169,

Katelynn E Boerner, PhD, RPsych, Amrit K Dhariwal, PhD, RPsych, JPP Student Journal Club Commentary: When Adults Evaluate a Child’s Pain: Considering Study Methodology, Gender Bias and Parental Experience, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Volume 44, Issue 4, May 2019, Pages 415–417,

Amrit K. Dhariwal and Katherine E. Green and Andrea J.M. Chapman, 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.09.257. 10/2018

Katelynn E. Boerner and Amrit K. Dhariwal and Tyler Pirlot and Claire M. De Souza, 4.32 Relationship Between Stage of Behavior Change and Functioning in Youth With Somatization. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.09.258. 10/2018

Dhariwal, Amrit K. 13.1 (2018). The Development and Evaluation of a Multifamily Treatment Approach for Adolescents Affected by Somatic Symptoms, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.07.083

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