Chief Program Officer

Dr. Amanda Eckhardt serves as Restore NYC’s Chief Program Officer and leads program initiatives providing innovative survivor-informed, impact-driven housing and economic empowerment solutions to human trafficking. Dr. Eckhardt leads Restore's collaborative work with Dr. Rebecca Macy at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Social Work. Since 2014, they have collected longitudinal data on health and economic outcomes and led a series of survivor-led focus groups with Restore NYC’s program participants. Restore’s motto is “pilot, measure, iterate”, and their learning lab designed to build practice-based evidence has led to multiple iterations in program service delivery that result in improved outcomes for its participants. This impact process has been shared in workshops and presentations at national and international platforms including the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conferences.

Dr. Eckhardt has served as consultant to Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime projects on survivor-informed and engaged practices, programming and policy as well as economic empowerment opportunities for survivors of trafficking. Dr. Eckhardt is also a peer reviewer for Office of Justice Programs (OJP) grant applications. Previously, she worked on research teams at the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Eckhardt is also an adjunct faculty member in Lehigh University’s College of Education teaching courses for international counselors on trauma-informed clinical interventions. Amanda is a licensed psychologist and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University. Amanda and her husband are avid foodies and nature-lovers; they enjoy traveling and making caramel and mocha lattes.