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Noelle WiersmaNoelle Wiersma

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4874
Fax: 509.777.4963
Office Location: Robinson Science Hall 104
Email: nwiersma@whitworth.edu

Noelle Wiersma received her 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. In addition, she is a 1990 graduate of Whitworth University, where she received a bachelor's degree in psychology and French.

Her research interests include counseling and psychotherapy (particularly related to trauma and college-student development issues); sexual abuse (effects on victims and their partners); qualitative research methods; women's issues; and college-student development.

Education

Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
M.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
B.A. Whitworth College

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty

2000

Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Counseling and psychotherapy (particularly related to primary and secondary trauma and college-student development issues); sexual abuse (effects on victims and their partners); qualitative research methods; women's issues; college-student development; Wesleyan Theological Tradition.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Presentations include: co-presented "Representations of Mental Illness and its Treatment in Critically Acclaimed and Award-Winning Film," and "Perceived Utility of New Faculty Mentoring at Liberal Arts and Faith-Based Institutions," at the annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Cancun (2010); co-presented a paper, "Intuitive Eater or Biggest Loser? Eating Strategy, Emotional Intelligence, and Personality Type," at the 88th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Irvine, Calif. (2008); co-presented, with Whitworth students, a paper, "Secondary Traumatic Stress Responses among Photojournalists and News Reporters," to the 87th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (2007). Presented with education professor Diane Marr their research regarding therapists and clients at the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association (2005). 


Publications include: "The Wesleyan Tradition and Qualitative Inquiry in Contemporary Counseling Psychology: Heart and Mind as Art and Science," in Christian Scholar's Review (2007); a chapter, "The Perceived Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on the Adult Relationship Partners of Female Primary Survivors," in Child Abuse and Its Impact (2 vols., 2006). In press: "Counselor(s)/Therapists," in The Encyclopedia of Counseling Psychology  (Vol. 2). New York: Sage; an article, "Partner Awareness Regarding the Adult Sequelae of Childhood Sexual Abuse for Primary and Secondary Survivors," in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (2003). First author: "Young Children's Conceptions of the Emotional Consequences of Varied Social Events," in Merrill-Palmer Quarterly (2000).

Chaired a research-paper session on sexual abuse at the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association, in 2001. In addition to facilitating the session's introduction and the discussion of participating psychologists' papers, Wiersma presented her research paper, "Partner Agreement Regarding the Sequelae of Childhood Sexual Abuse for Primary and Secondary Survivors."

Selected as Most Influential Professor by the Classes of 2003 and 2004. Member of the Western Psychological Association Council of Representatives.

Featured in an article, "We Got the Question Wrong," by The Pacific Northwest Inlander (July 23, 2009).