904-Gilbert, Amy

Amy L. Gilbert, MPH, JD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

IH 227P
Indianapolis, IN
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Amy Lewis Gilbert, JD, MPH, served as a tenure-track health services researcher in the Children’s Health Services Research (CHSR) section of the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), and an affiliated research scientist with the Regenstrief Institute, through 2019. She continues to serve in a volunteer capacity. Dr. Gilbert is currently the Chief Science Officer for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), the state agency that administers Indiana’s health coverage (Medicaid) and social services programs. Dr. Gilbert continues to work closely with IUSM and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) through WISE Indiana. WISE Indiana is a partnership between CTSI’s Monon Collaborative and FSSA that engages Indiana’s nationally-recognized academic experts to evaluate and inform State of Indiana practices, programs and policies. Dr. Gilbert continues to actively engage with the public health community by serving on the boards of the Indiana Public Health Association and the Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition, and maintains her legal connections as a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana Bar.

Key Publications

Gilbert AL, McCord AL, Ouyang F, Etter DJ, Williams RL, Hall JA, Tu W, Downs SM, Aalsma MC. Characteristics Associated with Confidential Consultation for Adolescents in Primary Care. The Journal of Pediatrics. Epub 04/06/2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.02.044.

Etter DJ, McCord A, Ouyang F, Gilbert AL, Williams RL, Hall JA, Tu W, Downs SM, Aalsma MC. Suicide Screening in Primary Care: Use of an Electronic Screener to Assess Suicidality and Improve Provider Follow-Up for Adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2018;62(2):191-7. Epub 2017/12/03. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.08.026. PubMed PMID: 29195764.

Aalsma MC, Zerr AM, Etter DJ, Ouyang F, Gilbert AL, Williams RL, Hall JA, Downs SM. Physician Intervention to Positive Depression Screens Among Adolescents in Primary Care. J Adolesc Health. 2018;62(2):212-8. Epub 2017/11/28. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.08.023. PubMed PMID: 29174939.

Knopf AS, Gilbert AL, Zimet GD, Kapogiannis BG, Hosek SG, Fortenberry JD, Ott MA, Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIVAI. Moral conflict and competing duties in the initiation of a biomedical HIV prevention trial with minor adolescents. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2017;8(3):145-52. Epub 2017/09/28. doi: 10.1080/23294515.2016.1251506. PubMed PMID: 28949893; PMCID: PMC5618718.

Gilbert AL, Balio C, Bauer NS. Making the Legal and Ethical Case for Universal Screening for Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Pediatric Primary Care. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2017;47(10):267-77. Epub 2017/09/17. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2017.08.001. PubMed PMID: 28916453.

Taylor JL, Aalsma MC, Gilbert AL, Hensel DJ, Rickert VI. Perspectives of family medicine physicians on the importance of adolescent preventive care: a multivariate analysis. BMC Fam Pract. 2016;17:4. Epub 2016/01/23. doi: 10.1186/s12875-016-0402-6. PubMed PMID: 26791084; PMCID: PMC4721119.

Aalsma MC, Gilbert AL, Xiao S, Rickert VI. Parent and Adolescent Views on Barriers to Adolescent Preventive Health Care Utilization. J Pediatr. 2016;169:140-5. Epub 2015/12/19. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.10.090. PubMed PMID: 26681476.

Gilbert AL, Knopf AS, Fortenberry JD, Hosek SG, Kapogiannis BG, Zimet GD. Adolescent Self-Consent for Biomedical Human Immunodeficiency Virus Prevention Research. J Adolesc Health. 2015;57(1):113-9. Epub 2015/06/23. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.03.017. PubMed PMID: 26095412; PMCID: PMC4477274.

Gilbert AL, Downs SM. Medical legal partnership and health informatics impacting child health: Interprofessional innovations. J Interprof Care. 2015;29(6):564-9. Epub 2015/06/30. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2015.1029066. PubMed PMID: 26120893; PMCID: PMC5725761.

Rickert VI, Gilbert AL, Aalsma MC. Proactive parents are assets to the health and well-being of teens. J Pediatr. 2014;164(6):1390-5. Epub 2014/03/19. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.02.015. PubMed PMID: 24630356.

Gilbert AL, Rickert VI, Aalsma MC. Clinical conversations about health: the impact of confidentiality in preventive adolescent care. J Adolesc Health. 2014;55(5):672-7. Epub 2014/07/22. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.05.016. PubMed PMID: 25043835.

Gilbert AL, Bauer NS, Carroll AE, Downs SM. Child exposure to parental violence and psychological distress associated with delayed milestones. Pediatrics. 2013;132(6):e1577-83. Epub 2013/11/06. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-1020. PubMed PMID: 24190682; PMCID: PMC3838530.

Bauer NS, Gilbert AL, Carroll AE, Downs SM. Associations of Early Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Parental Depression With Subsequent Mental Health Outcomes. Jama Pediatrics. 2013;167(4):341-7. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.780. PubMed PMID: WOS:000319825800006.

Titles & Appointments

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Education
    2009 JD Indiana University
    2000 MPH University of Alabama at Birmingham
    1997 BA Boston University
  • Research


    Community Health Partnerships Trailblazer Award (2017-2018)
    Indiana State Department of Health
    This project is a collaboration between HealthLinc Community Health Center, Indiana Legal Services and the Indiana University School of Medicine that seeks to evaluate a new Medical Legal Partnership being launched in East Chicago and surrounding communities in Northwest Indiana, an area that has been identified as a highly vulnerable community in terms of social determinants of health and health outcomes. Grant activities are to identify metrics and implement a framework for robust program evaluation in a community-engaged manner; to build evaluation measures into the existing Electronic Health Record system to increase sustainability, efficiency and accuracy; to include outcome measures that will help demonstrate MLP success and appeal to potential funders; and to pilot the evaluation for six months and modify as necessary throughout.
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Accelerating Health Equity through Discovery (AHEAD) Award (2015-2018)
    American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)
    The Eskenazi Health Medical Legal Partnership, in collaboration with the IU School of Medicine, was awarded this AAMC AHEAD grant to help build the evidence base of effective policies and practices that improve community health and minimize health inequities by evaluating our local MLP on community health measures, cost savings to the health system and learner outcomes.
    Role: Principal Investigator


    Medical Legal Partnership for HIV Prevention Services (2016-2017)
    Indiana University Department of Medicine, Indiana Center for AIDS Research
    This grant represents a first step toward developing a more comprehensive and sustainable infrastructure for HIV prevention and treatment for minor youth by identifying and addressing barriers to care through Medical Legal Partnership. This twelve-month grant will enable us to systematically collect qualitative data from adolescents, caregivers, healthcare providers, legal care providers and diverse community service providers working with at-risk youth to identify the most common and important unmet legal needs impacting our target population; generate straightforward summaries of the information collected to guide the development of a targeted screening tool; and then finalize the tool in an engaged process with stakeholders. 
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R01 HS022681 2013-2016  
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Improving Health Outcomes Through Preventive Care Transformation
    This study seeks to modify an existing computerized clinical decision support system to include an adolescent preventive care module comprising developmentally appropriate screening tools and clinical management algorithms. Measures outcomes will include rates of identification and treatment outcomes related to STI, depression, substance use and HPV immunization, and the provision of confidential care.
    Role: Co-investigator

    R01 HS020640 (2012-2016)
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Computer-Supported Management of Medical-Legal Issues Impacting Child Health
    The primary goal of this study is to mitigate health disparities by creating an innovative set of electronic decision support algorithms to increase the identification of medical-legal issues in pediatric clinics, improve the delivery of appropriate physician counseling and streamline access to legal resources when legal remedies are needed.
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Adolescent Trials Network (2013- 2014)
    Protocol Implementation Process Evaluation for Project PrEPare
    The primary goal of this research effort was to evaluate protocol implementation across the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) as it pertained directly to the institutional acceptability and feasibility of allowing minor youth to consent for their own participation in biomedical trials. This was a sub-study of ATN Protocol #113, which is sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
    Role: Principal Investigator

  • Professional Organizations
    Academy Health
    American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics
    Indianapolis Bar Association
    Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

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