Faculty - Carly B. Dierkhising, PhD

Carly B. Dierkhising, PhD


PhD -  Developmental Psychology, University of California, Riverside

MA – Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University

BA – Psychology, San Francisco State University

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.

Selected Publications Available Online:

A Trauma Primer for Juvenile Probation and Juvenile Detention Staff

Trauma Histories Among Justice-involved Youth: Findings from the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Ten Things Every Juvenile Court Judge Should Know About Trauma and Delinquency


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Office: Room 247, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Email: cdierkh@calstatela.edu
Phone: (323) 343-4879

Courses Taught

Juvenile Justice
Criminal Justice Research Methods
Administration of Justice

Links to Relevant Organizations

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges