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 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 to create trauma-informed child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She is clinically trained, and worked at a Los Angeles County Probation Camp as a clinical intern during her Masters studies. Her publications are on topics related to the links between trauma and delinquency, crossover youth, polyvictimization, creating trauma-informed juvenile justice systems and juvenile courts, and improving the conditions of confinement for incarcerated youth. Her current work focuses on crossover youth, commercial sexual exploitation of youth, and developing trauma-informed gang intervention programs. Dr. Dierkhising also sits on the California State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Please follow Dr. Dierkhising on researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carly_Dierkhising

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

Research Interests:

Trauma, Mental Health
Juvenile Justice
Trauma-Informed Systems
Crossover Youth
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth


Courses Taught

Juvenile Justice
Criminal Justice Research Methods
Advanced Theory and Practice
Administration of Justice


Links to Relevant Organizations

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