Amy L. Ai

Amy Ai

Contact Information

Office Location
University Center C2313
(850) 644-3577
Resume / CV


  • Ph.D., 1996, University of Michigan; Psychology and Social Work
  • M.S., 1994, University of Michigan; Psychology
  • M.S.W., 1993, University of Michigan; Interpersonal Practice and Research
  • M.A., 1990, University of Michigan; Child Development and Educational Psychology
  • B.A., 1987, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Medical Psychology/Developmental Psychology

Selected Peer Review Articles and Publications

Ai, A. L., Wink, P., & Shearer, M. (2011). Secular reverence predicts shorter hospital length of stay among middle-aged and older patients following open-heart surgery. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Ai, A. L., Plummer, C., Kanno, H., Hoe, G., Appel., H. B., Simon, C. E., & Spigner, C. (2011). Positive traits versus previous trauma: Racially different correlates with PTSD symptoms among Hurricanes Katrina & Rita volunteers. Journal of Community Psychology.

Ai, A. L., Tice, T. N., Lemieux, C., & Huang, B. (2011). Modeling the post-9/11 paradox in an existential domain: From deep connection and struggle to posttraumatic stress and growth. Archive for Psychology of Religion, 33(2).

Ai, A. L., Seymour, E. M., Kronfol, Z., & Bolling, S. (2011). Moot states, coping factors, and interleukin-6 are related to psychiatric symptoms following cardiac surgery. Biological Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology, 13(1), 2-9.

Ai, A. L., Ladd, K. L., Peterson, C., Cook, C., Shearer, M., & Koenig, H. G. (2010). Long-term adjustment after surviving open-heart surgery: The effect of using prayer for coping replicated in a prospective design. The Gerontologists, 50(6), 798-809.

Books Published

A.L. Ai, P. Wink, R.F. Paloutzian, K.A. Harris (Eds.) (2021) Assessing Spirituality in a Diverse World  - ISBN 978-3-030-52140-0

Ai, A. L., & Ardelt, M. (Eds.) (2009). Faith and well-being in late life: Linking theories with evidence in an interdisciplinary inquiry. Hauppau, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Selected Grants

Ai, A. L. (Principal Investigator). Improving the Well-Being of Hypertensive African Americans: A Pilot Trial On An Integrative Intervention. The Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund; The Pitt Center on Race and Social Problems; & The Pitt Ultrasound Research Laboratory ($100,000, stopped due to the transition to the FSU). 2010-2011.

Ai, A. L. (Principal Investigator). The Long-Term Effect and Biophysiological Mechanism of Faith Effects on Cardiac Rehabilitation. The John Templeton Foundation (ID#1851) & The John Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar Program, Gerontology Society of America ($434,142). 2002-2009.

Ai, A. L. (Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator). Complementary Approach to Rehabilitation of Older and Middle Aged Patients Following Cardiac Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Project 3 (R01, $818,309), & The NCCAM Center Grant (P50 AT00011, $9,200,000). 1998-2003.

Ai, A. L. (Principal Investigator). Spirituality, Coping, and Psychosocial Adjustment of Kosovar Refugee in Michigan and Washington States: A Cross-cultural and Interfaith Project. The NHI National Institute on Mental Health Seed Grant (NIMH R24; The Office for Undergraduate Research, UW; & The Office of the Vice President of Research, UM ($2,770 to Co-PI, Christopher Peterson, Ph.D.) ($42,993). 1999-2001.

Ai, A. L. (Principal Investigator). Effects of Spirituality and Religiousness on Short-term Psychosocial Adjustment of Older and Midlife Patients Following Cardiac Surgery. The NIH National Institute on Aging (R03; $76,250). 1998-1999.