PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of California, Riverside
Cohort One Fellow

Academic Mentor
Nancy Guerra
Department of Psychology, University of Delaware

Policy Mentor
Andrea Eastman
Legislative Aide and Committee Consultant for California State Senator Carol Liu

Current Institutional Affiliation
California State University, Los Angeles School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics: Faculty

Areas of Expertise

Juvenile Justice, Trauma, Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs


Carly B. Dierkhising, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Cal State LA in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics. She holds a doctorate in Developmental Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Her primary area of research is in trauma and juvenile justice with a focus on how to improve services for trauma-exposed youth in the juvenile justice system from both a practice and policy perspective. Prior to coming to Cal State LA, she worked for the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress on various initiatives related to developing trauma-informed child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Clinically trained, Dr. Dierkhising has also worked at a Los Angeles County Probation Camp as a clinical intern. In 2015, she was appointed by the Governor of California to the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Her publications and grants are on topics related to trauma-informed gang intervention, trauma and delinquency, crossover youth, commercial sexual exploitation of youth, creating trauma-informed juvenile justice systems and juvenile courts, and improving the conditions of confinement for incarcerated youth.