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Patricia Kerig

Patricia Kerig

University of Utah

Patricia K. Kerig, PhD, received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley and currently is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah. She is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and is the author of over 120 peer reviewed papers, books, chapters, and journal special issues devoted to understanding the factors that predict risk, recovery, and resilience among children, adolescents, and families coping with adversity and traumatic stress. Her current research is focused on investigating the mechanisms accounting for the link between trauma and youth involvement in the justice system. Dr. Kerig also has an abiding interest in the study of resilience and uncovering the protective factors that allow children to overcome the risks associated with trauma exposure in order to design intervention and prevention programs that are developmentally sensitive and effective in real-world settings. Dr. Kerig also is a co-Director of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice, a National Child Traumatic Stress Network center whose mission is to develop and disseminate trauma-informed assessment and intervention strategies to the systems that serve at-risk youth, while protecting staff from the potential adverse effects of secondary traumatic stress.