Werner, Kimberly

Assistant Research Professor
Assistant Research Professor

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Werner, Kimberly

  • Specialties
  • Health disparity
  • Prevention and Intervention

Degree: PhD
Academic Title: Assistant Research Professor
Institute Title: Assistant Research Professor
Office Phone: (314) 516-8421
Fax Phone: (314) 516-8405


Dr. Kim Werner joined the MIMH in May 2017. She received her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience Psychology from UMSL, and recently completed a NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded postdoctoral fellowship in transdisciplinary addiction research at the GWB School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Werner is a research psychologist with research interests in addiction epidemiology and racial disparities in the biopsychosocial risk factors of SUDs. Specifically, Dr. Werner's research focuses on the operationalization of stress exposure integrating multiple levels of stress at the individual (i.e. trauma exposure, discrimination, early substance use), family (i.e. parental psychopathology and parental-offspring relationship), and community (i.e. socioeconomic and neighborhood disadvantage) levels to better understand how acute traumatic and chronic stressors impact psychopathology differentially across race. She continues to collaborate with researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and Brown School of Social Work to address these areas of research. Currently, Dr. Werner serves at Principal Investigator for the Women's Health study examining Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain in Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. She is also the Lead Evaluator for the Emergency Room Enhancement Project. In addition, Dr. Werner developed the Compassion Fatigue training for First Responders. Dr. Werner is working towards developing research projects and protocols as well as programming to apply her expertise in trauma/stress related etiology of substance use disorder (SUD) and psychobiological indicators of PTSD to design and implement culturally competent prevention and intervention programs for trauma, SUDs, and related psychopathology.


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


Trauma and Stress Exposure
Substance Involvement and Use Disorders
Heath Disparities
Prevention and Intervention


-2017 Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award for Psychosocial Research at the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific meeting
-2015, 2016, & 2017 NIAAA Junior Investigator Award for the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific meeting
-NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Differences Junior Investigator Travel Award for the 2015 meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)
-Psychology Department Graduate Instructor Award, University of Missouri – St. Louis; 2013
-Psychology Capstone Symposium: Certificate for excellence in the field practicum, 1st Prize
Saint Louis University; 2006
-Appointment and Congressional Nomination to the United States Military Academy – West Point; 2002

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