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Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis Faculty

MATTHEW D. KLIETHERMES, Ph.D., is the Training Director for Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL). Dr. Kliethermes is a Missouri Licensed Psychologist/Health Services Provider and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received Ph.D. (2003) in Clinical Psychology at Saint Louis University, interned at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Trauma Recovery at University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Dr. Kliethermes has over 17 years of experience and extensive training in the field of child trauma.  He provides direct clinical services to youth exposed to trauma and their caregivers, supervises mental health trainees, teaches at the undergraduate level, and provides frequent training and consultation at local, state, and national levels.  Dr. Kliethermes is a nationally certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) trainer and the author of multiple book chapters and articles pertaining to TF-CBT and/or childhood trauma.      

JERRY H. DUNN, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL) and oversees the clinical, forensic, research and training activities of the agency’s three sites. Dr. Dunn is a licensed psychologist and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her clinical and research interests involve assessment and treatment of high-risk children and their family members in community and school based settings. Dr. Dunn received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, interned with the St. Louis Psychology Internship Consortium and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Community Psychological Service. Dr. Dunn maintains active membership in child centered organizations at the local, state and federal levels. She serves on the Advisory Council for the St. Louis Family and Community Partnership, sits on the Board of Directors for Missouri KidsFirst and acts as the agency liaison to the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network.

LAURA KAEHLER, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist at the Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL). She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon in 2014. Dr. Kaehler completed her pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center, and she also participated in a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Department of Psychology. At CASGSL, Dr. Kaehler’s responsibilities include providing clinical services, teaching at the undergraduate level, and engaging in program evaluation. Dr. Kaehler’s clinical and research interests are in the areas of trauma sequelae, trauma-informed parenting, and prosocial behavior.