Amber Grundy, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Camp Fire River Bend
Director, Camp Tannadoonah
Amber has been involved with Camp Tannadoonah since 1985 as a camper, counselor, waterfront director, and board member. She served as Camp Tannadoonah Director from 2006-2017. She has served as Executive Director for Camp Fire since 2011.
Amber earned her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Her research focus was on middle childhood and early adolescence. Amber has worked on several different research programs, including The Great Transitions Study, looking at parenting during the transition to adolescence, The Notre Dame ADHD Project, evaluating a new treatment for elementary and middle school students with ADHD, and most recently Reading for Life, an intervention program for first-time offenders in the Juvenile Justice System in St. Joseph County. In addition, she has been an adjunct assistant professor in the psychology departments at the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Bethel College. She has taught Introductory Psychology, School Age Growth and Development, Developmental Psychology, Adolescent Development, Research Methods, and Statistics.
Amber and her husband, Chas are parents to four young campers – Avery (9), Elyse (7), Kieran (2), and Harrison (6 months). They live on Birch Lake, about a mile from camp, with their family.