Psychology Professor Presents Research, Chairs
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.