February 10, 2010
Written by Cory Chandler
The director of Texas Tech University’s Institute for Child and Family Studies was named one of four steering committee members representing network affiliates for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
Jeffrey Wherry, Rockwell Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and director of the Institute for Child and Family Studies, will serve a two-year term representing professionals and organizations that were once supported by NCSTN.
The NCSTN is a collaboration of academic and community-based service centers established by Congress in 2000 to raise the standard of care and access to services for traumatized children and their families.
Wherry once directed the Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, a NCSTN-funded center with the University of Missouri at St. Louis. The program served sexually abused children and their families, provided empirically supported services and trained professionals throughout the State of Missouri.
“I am excited and honored to be selected as a member of the Steering Committee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network,” he said. “My ongoing affiliation with the network since 2002 has been the most exciting and influential opportunity of my career.”
Wherry said he will continue to seek funding in the future for efforts at Texas Tech, but also intends to find new ways for affiliate members to secure funding from foundations and other sources.
“In this way, the cutting-edge innovations of the network can continue to be used across the nation and serve the children and families impacted by trauma,” he said.
Wherry is co-director of the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars –Texas, working with the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas to sponsor family impact seminars with the Texas Legislature. He also is a clinical professor in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s Department of Psychiatry.