Amy L. Gilbert

Amy L. Gilbert, MPH, JD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Amy Lewis Gilbert is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Children’s Health Services Research (CHSR) section of the Indiana University School of Medicine, an Affiliated Research Scientist with the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and a faculty member of the Child Health Informatics Research and Development Lab. She completed her master’s degree in international public health in 2000 at the University of Alabama – Birmingham with a concentration in maternal and child health, and worked in the fields of public health and bioethics for several years before earning her law degree at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law and joining the CHSR faculty in 2009. Professor Gilbert’s research lies at the intersection of law, medicine, public health and ethics – and she brings a unique, multi-disciplinary perspective to the CHSR research platform. Her specific interests include utilization of the clinical environment as a point of preventive legal intervention for addressing health disparities, the impact of confidential consultation on adolescent health outcomes, and the law and ethics of adolescent participation in biomedical research among high-risk populations. Professor Gilbert serves on the Medicaid Medical Advisory Board Cabinet, providing expert-driven and research-based policy advice to Indiana's Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning, and is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana.

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:

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.


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