PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of California, Riverside (2014)
Cohort One Fellow


Dr. Dierkhising’s primary area of research is in trauma and juvenile justice with a focus on how to improve services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system from both a practice and policy perspective. She provides consultation and training for juvenile courts across the country on how to improve trauma-informed practices in juvenile courts and detention. Previously, she was the Special Projects Manager for juvenile justice activities in the Service Systems Program at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She has also worked as a clinical intern at Los Angeles County Probation Department counseling incarcerated youth during her Masters studies. Her publications are on topics related to the links between trauma and delinquency, impact of trauma exposure on adolescent development, crossover youth, commercial sexual exploitation, creating trauma-informed juvenile justice systems and juvenile courts, and improving the conditions of confinement for incarcerated youth.