Degree: PhD Academic Title: Assistant Research Professor Email:WamserR@umsl.edu Office Phone: 314-516-8415
Dr. Wamser-Nanney joined the MIMH in the summer of 2015. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, with expertise in child traumatic stress and trauma-focused interventions. Her prior research has focused on complex trauma, or chronic interpersonal trauma that begins early in life and trauma-focused treatments for children. Dr. Wamser-Nanney completed her pre-doctoral internship at Tulane Health Sciences Center (Early Mental Health Track) where she worked with maltreating caregivers and their very young children as part of the Tulane Infant Team. She completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan, Trauma and Grief Center for Youth (TAG Center) where she focused on trauma and grief-focused assessments and interventions for children and their caregivers. Dr. Wamser-Nanney has been trained in several trauma-focused interventions with children and adults. More recently, she is interested in investigating the impact of childhood trauma on neuropsychological functioning and brain integrity using neuroimaging.
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