Kimberly Werner, PhD
Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Research
211 Seton Hall
College of Nursing, South Campus
Dr. Kim Werner has interdisciplinary training in behavioral neuroscience psychology and addiction epidemiology with a focus on the trauma related etiology and the physiological and psychopathological sequelae following traumatic and chronic stress. She earned her doctoral degree in Behavioral Neuroscience Psychology from UMSL and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in transdisciplinary addiction research at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis working with the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Werner’s research examines biopsychosocial alterations associated with intimate partner violence, posttraumatic stress disorder, and trauma-related psychopathology as well as the trauma and stress related etiology of substance use disorder and other risky and addictive behaviors, with particular attention to differential etiology across gender and race. She has received funding from state and federal agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women. She is actively engaged in research and programming to address gender-based violence on UMSL campus. Dr. Werner has published over 20 manuscripts and has presented her research and programming locally and nationally.
- Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2017) George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
- PhD (2013) Behavioral Neuroscience Psychology, University of Missouri – St. Louis
- MA (2009) Experimental Psychology, University of Missouri – St. Louis
- BA (2006) Psychology, Saint Louis University
Principal Investigator/Project Director - Office of Violence on Against Women Campus Programming Grant (2019-WA-AX-0037); Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women; 10/1/2019-9/30/2022; $300,000 (Total)
Site Principal Investigator - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury in Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence; Grant PI: Dr. Tara Galovski. PhD (Director, Women's Health Sciences Division NCPTSD); Funded by the Veterans Administration - National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; 8/1/2018-7/31/2021; $1,887,224.24 (Total)
Evaluator - Emergency Room Enhancement (ERE) Evaluation; Funded by Missouri Department of Mental Health; 5/1/2017-6/30/2020; Annual Evaluation Budget $265,000 (FY2020)
- University of Missouri – St. Louis, Office of Research Administration, Covid-19 Research Conversations, Incidence of Domestic Violence During COVID-19: Challenges and Research Directions, May 2020
- Washington University, Department of Psychological and Brain Science, Clinical Science Seminar, The Impact of Traumatic Experiences on Risky Sexual Behavior and Substance Involvement in African American and White Women, November 2019
- University of Indianapolis Annual Conference on the Impact of Trauma Health and Academic Achievement, Entitled: Neighborhood Disadvantage, Trauma Exposure, and Alcohol Involvement in African American and White Women, May 2018
- University of Missouri - St. Louis Missouri Institute of Mental Health Annual Conference on Traumatic Stress: “– Treatment, Resilience, and Approaches”, Entitled: The Invisible Wounds of Intimate Partner Violence in Women: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, March 2018.
- Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting, Denver, CO. “Neighborhood disadvantage, trauma exposure, and alcohol involvement in African American and White women” Speaker and Workshop Organizer in workshop “Greater adversity but lower alcohol use: Exploring trauma, neighborhood disadvantage and alcohol use in African Americans across the lifespan”; June 25, 2017.
- University of Missouri - St. Louis Missouri Institute of Mental Health Annual Conference on Traumatic Stress: “Best Practices in Prevention, Research, and Services Delivery”, Entitled: Variability in the Trauma-related Etiology of Alcohol Involvement in African American and White Women, March 2017.
- Washington University in St. Louis George W. Brown School of Social Work Professional Seminar Series: Pathways to the Academy: Making Choices and Transitions, February 17, 2017.
- International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies 2016 Annual Conference. Entitled: Variability in the associations of traumatic events with stages of alcohol and cannabis involvement in African Americans and Whites, November 10, 2016.
- Yale University School of Medicine, Division of Substance Abuse seminar series. Entitled: The association of traumatic stress and substance use: considering race in women, April 13, 2016.
Other Scholarly Activites
Honors and Awards
2019 STARS Award for Excellence in Research (Mentor) Student recipient Hannah Abraham; science entitled: “Lifetime Trauma History and Sleep Impairment in Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.”
2017 Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award for Psychosocial Research at the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific meeting
2017 NIAAA Junior Investigator Award for the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific meeting
2016 NIAAA Junior Investigator Award for the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific meeting
- ENIGMA – Intimate Partner Violence Working Group
- College on Problems of Drug Dependence
- Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences
- International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies
- Research Society on Alcoholism