TitleAssociate Professor & SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Office BuildingWenona Hall
Mailing AddressWenona Hall 314
Counseling & Human Development-Box 0507
Brookings, SD 57007
EducationPh.D., The Ohio State University, 2012
M.S., The Ohio State University, 2008
B.S., South Dakota State University, 2005
Academic Interests/ExpertiseAdolescent Development, Social-Emotional Learning, Healthy Relationships, Substance Use, Rural Wellness
Extension ResponsibilitiesAmber Letcher supports the citizens of South Dakota in her role as an Associate Professor & SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist at the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings.
Awards and HonorsOutstanding Researcher, College of EHS, 2016
Students' Association Teacher of the Year, College of EHS, 2016
Top 50 Reviewer for Family Relations, 2015-2018
Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher, College of EHS, 2015
Graduate Student Researcher of the Year ($500 Honorarium), 2011 – 2012
College of Education and Human Ecology Graduate Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2010-2011
Alumni Grants for Graduate Research Scholarship ($2,000), 2010 – 2011
GrantsLetcher, A., Ramsay-Seaner, K., & Scott, M. (2019). Strengthening the Heartland: Promoting Life Readiness in Rural Youth. Children, Youth, and Families at Risk, USDA-NIFA. $1,218,859. Role: PI.
Ramsay-Seaner, K., & Letcher, A. (2019). Strengthening the Heartland: Urban opioid programming. South Dakota Department of Social Services, $63,373. Role: Co-I.
Letcher, A., Ramsay-Seaner, K., & Scott, M. (2018). Expanding the homestead: Technical assistance for preventing opioid mis-use in the Dakotas. SAMHSA, $563,825. Role: PI.
Letcher, A., Ramsay-Seaner, K., & Scott, M. (2018). Protecting the homestead: Opioid mis-use prevention in the Dakotas. Rural Health and Safety Education, USDA-NIFA. $319,026. Role: PI.
Letcher, A., Ramsay-Seaner, K., & Scott, M. (2018). STEPping UP: Social-emotional learning for rural middle school youth. North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. $21,765. Role: PI.
Letcher, A., Born, S., & Ramsay-Seaner, K. (2017). Craving to quit: Tobacco cessation program. South Dakota Board of Health. $8,000. Role: PI. Funded.
Welsh, J. A., Daniels, A. M., & Letcher, A. (2016). Feasibility of the Tribal REDI program. Annie E. Casey Foundation. $150,000. Role: Co-I. Funded.
Letcher, A. (2015). National mentoring program 6: Reaching rural families in South Dakota. National 4-H Council. OJJDP. $57, 960. Role: PI.
Bruns, K., & Letcher, A. (2015). Use of the Interactive Screening Program. Education and Human Sciences Fund. SDSU. $5,625. Role: Co-I.
Letcher, A. (2014). Student immersion in evaluation research: Outreach to community organizations. Scholarly Excellence Fund. SDSU. $1,000. Role: PI.
Bjornestad, A., & Letcher, A. (2014). Called to serve: A women's wellness series. Women & Giving Program. SDSU. $1,500. Role: Co-I.
Letcher, A. (2013). Exploration of sexuality education in rural South Dakota. Scholarly Excellence Fund. SDSU. $4,902.50. Role: PI.
Kang, S. & Letcher, A. (2013). Does my marital relationship matter to my daughter?: Intergenerational transmission of relationship quality between mothers and daughters. Women and Giving Program. SDSU. $2,000. Role: Co-I.
Letcher, A. (2013). Dating practices of rural youth. Research and Scholarship Support Fund. $2,500. Role: PI.
Professional MembershipsSociety for Research in Child Development
Society for Research on Adolescence
Phi Upsilon Omicron