Assistant Professor of Psychology Noelle Wiersma recently chaired
a research-paper session on sexual abuse at the 81st annual convention
of the Western Psychological Association. In addition to facilitating
the session's introduction and the discussion of participating psychologists'
papers related to sexual abuse, Wiersma presented her research paper,
"Partner Agreement Regarding the Sequelae of Childhood Sexual
Abuse for Primary and Secondary Survivors."
Wiersma holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale and a master's degree in clinical psychology
from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a 1990 graduate
of Whitworth University, where she received a bachelor's degree in
psychology and French.
Wiersma's research interests include secondary sexual trauma -
studying how sexual abuse and assault affect a victim's friends
and family members; qualitative research methods; the mentoring
of gifted women and women in science; children's social and moral
development; and children's literature. Wiersma's other professional
interests include providing counseling and psychotherapy services.