Dr. Kia K. Asberg

Department of Psychology

Associate Professor
Director: MA Program - Clinical Psychology
Phone: 828-227-3451
Email: kasberg@wcu.edu
Office: McKee G51

Education:

  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology (2008): University of Central Florida, College of Sciences, Department of Psychology
  • Pre-doctoral Internship in Clinical & Community Psychology (2007-08): Yale, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • M.S. Clinical Psychology (2005): University of Central Florida, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychology
  • B.S. Psychology (2000): Florida State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychology

Biography:

Originally from Sweden, Dr. Asberg joined the Western Carolina faculty in fall of 2008 after receiving her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida. During graduate school, Dr. Asberg gained clinical experience from practicum placements in a community mental health clinic, the UCF Student Counseling Center (Alcohol and Other Drugs office), Orange County Corrections, the UCF Community Counseling Clinic, and Florida Hospital (neuropsychological assessment), to name a few. At UCF, Dr. Asberg also taught undergraduate courses in Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Clinical Psychology, and Contemporary Behavior Therapy. Next, Dr. Asberg completed her clinical internship in the Adult/Dialectical Behavior Therapy-SUD track at Yale (2007-2008), where she gained experience with individual and group psychotherapy, case management, and inpatient treatment of a range of mental health problems. These experiences have been invaluable in shaping Dr. Asberg's career and have provided a great preparation for both teaching (e.g., Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Evidence-based Psychotherapy) and supervision (service learning and graduate student practicum) of students. In addition to her teaching and clinical interests, Dr. Asberg specializes in research pertaining to stress, trauma, and resilience. In 2012, Dr. Asberg received the Deborah L. Rhatigan Early Career Award for Excellence in Violence Research, presented by the Child Maltreatment and Interpersonal Violence Special Interest Group of ABCT. Together with undergraduate and graduate students, Dr. Asberg runs the Stress, Violence, Emotions, and Adjustment (SVEA) Lab at WCU, which centers around studying the effects of potentially traumatic events (PTEs) and increasing the awareness of the broader impact of child maltreatment and other forms of interpersonal violence on the individual and communities. Recent studies in the SVEA Lab have examined the effects of homelessness and sexual victimization among women in the criminal justice system, stress reactivity and substance use in veterans, and predictors of abuse recidivism among children and families involved with child protective services (CPS). Students (undergraduate and graduate) are active collaborators on projects in the SVEA lab and are often given the opportunity to present their research at local, regional, and national conferences.

NOTE: If you are a current undergraduate student, potential graduate student, or faculty member/community partner interested in collaborating on research or hearing about the many exciting things that are going on in our lab, please email Dr. Asberg at kasberg@wcu.edu

TEACHING

Undergraduate Courses:
Adolescent Development (PSY 322)*
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (PSY 474)*
Independent Study (280/480)

*Includes a Service Learning component of 10 to 15 hours minimum (total for the semester). Honors contract options available.

Previous Teaching Experience: Abnormal Psychology, General Psychology, Introduction to Clinical  Psychology, Contemporary Behavior Therapy

Graduate Courses:
Introduction to Evidence-Based Treatment (PSY 672)
Cognitive and  Behavioral Interventions (PSY 675)
Independent Study (PSY 680)
Pre-thesis (PSY 599) and Thesis (PSY 686)
Practicum Supervision (PSY 699)

RESEARCH

  • Stress and resilience, developmental trajectories and functioning following traumatic events; coping
  • Impact of child maltreatment and exposure to violence (including combat related trauma); post-traumatic growth; attachment
  • Traditional (e.g., depression, PTSD, substance use) and non-traditional (e.g., incarceration) indicators of adjustment
  • Empirically based interventions with veterans and underserved populations (e.g., female inmates, rural populations)

Publications:

Asberg, K., & Renk, K. (In press). Safer in jail? A comparison of victimization history and psychological adjustment between previously homeless and non-homeless incarcerated women. Accepted for publication in Feminist Criminology.

Bobadilla, L., Asberg, K., Johnson, M. M., & Shirtcliff, E. A. (Forthcoming). Experiences in the military may impact dual-axis neuroendocrine processes in veterans. Accepted for publication in a special issue of Developmental Psychobiology.

*Solomon, D., *McAbee, J., Asberg, K., & *McGee, A. (In press). Coming-out and the potential for growth. Accepted for publication in Journal of Homosexuality.

Asberg, K., & Renk, K. (January, 2014).  Perceived social support and external locus of control as predictors of psychological adjustment among incarcerated females with or without a history of childhood maltreatment. International Journal of
Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 58(1), 59-84. [Note: Advance online publication published in October, 2012].

Asberg, K. (2013).  Hostility/anger as a mediator between college students' emotion regulation abilities and symptoms of depression, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 147(5),1-22.

Bobadilla, L., Vaske, J., & Asberg, K. (2013). Dopamine receptor (D4) polymorphism is related to comorbidity between marijuana abuse and depression. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2555-2562.

Solomon, D., & Asberg, K. (2012).  Effectiveness of child protective services interventions as indicated by rates of recidivism.  Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 2311-2318.

Asberg, K., & Renk, K. (2012). Avoidance coping mediates the relationship between trauma symptoms and substance abuse among incarcerated females with a history of childhood sexual abuse: Implications for treatment. Substance Use and Misuse, 47(7), 799-808.

Westbrook, T. M., Ellett, A. J., & Asberg, K. (2012). Predicting public child welfare employees’ intentions to remain employed with the child welfare organizational culture inventory. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 1214-1221.

Asberg, K., & Renk, K. (2012). Comparing incarcerated and college student women with a history of childhood sexual abuse: The role of abuse severity, support, and substance use. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5(2), 167-175.

Asberg, K., & Wagaman, A. (2010). Emotion regulation abilities and perceived stress as predictors of negative body image and problematic eating behaviors in emerging adults. American Journal of Psychological Research, 6(1), 193-217.   

Asberg, K., Bowers, C., Renk, K., & McKinney, C. (2008). A structural equation modeling approach to the study of stress and psychological adjustment in emerging adults. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 39(4), 481-501.

Asberg, K., Vogel, J., & Bowers, C. A. (2008). Exploring correlates and predictors of stress in parents of deaf children: Implications of perceived social support and mode of communication. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 17(4), 486-499.

Marino, T., Negy, C., Hammonds, E., McKinney, C., & Asberg, K. (2007). Perceptions of ambiguously unpleasant interracial interactions.  Journal of Psychology, 141, 637-663.

Plant, A., Ericsson, K. A., Hill, L. & Asberg, K. (2005). Why study time does not predict grade point average across college students: Implications of deliberate practice for academic performance. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 30, 96-116.

Conference Presentations (2013-2014) *denotes student author

  1. *Solomon, D., *Peer, S., *Prince, G., & Asberg, K. (2014, November). The impact of child protective services interventions on family reunification. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  2. *Solomon, D., *Courrégé, S., & Asberg, K. (2014, November). Convergent validity of the Social Reactions to Coming Out Scale. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  3. Asberg, K., Bobadilla, L., & *Barlow, K. (2013, November). PTSD symptom clusters and cortisol reactivity as correlates of suicidality in veterans with substance use problems: Preliminary findings. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
  4. *Dumessa, L., Asberg, K., Renk, K., & *Tippett, J. (2014, March). Coping with child sexual abuse: Does it predict revictimization experiences? Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Nashville, TN.
  5. *Kelliher, J., & Asberg, K. (2013, November). Adaptive and maladaptive coping in depressed and non-depressed emerging adults. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
  6. *Solomon, D., *Courrege, S., & Asberg, K. (2013, November). Development of a measure to assess heterosexual individuals' reactions to 'coming out': A factor analysis. Poster  presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
  7. *Solomon, D., *Peer, S., & Asberg, K. (2013, May). Cumulative risk hypothesis: Toward an expanded understanding of maltreatment recidivism. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  8. *Solomon, D., *Courrege, S., & Asberg, K. (2013, May). Developing a social reactions to coming out questionnaire: Preliminary findings. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  9. *Prince, G., Asberg, K., *Brehm, K., Renk, K., & *Martini, E. (2013, March). Chaos or cohesion? Child sexual abuse, family environment, and adjustment. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.
  10. *Brehm, K., Asberg, K., *Prince, G., & *Anzaldi, A., & Renk., K. (2013, March). Drinking to cope? Implications for survivors of child sexual abuse. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.
  11. *Blanchard, B., & Asberg, K. (2013, March). Schizotypy, neuroticism, and cannabis-related problems in college students. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.
  12. *Kelliher, J., Asberg, K., & *Anzaldi, A. (2013, March). Personality and rejection sensitivity as predictors of college students' depression. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.
  13. *Solomon, D., & Asberg, K. (2013, March). Child protective services: How can maltreatment interventions best prevent recidivism? Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.
  14. *Miller, L., Bobadilla, L., & Asberg, K. (2013, March). Preliminary external construct validity of the Triarchic Psychopathy Measure. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.
  15. *Malone, M., Bobadilla, L., & Asberg, K. (2013, March). Conduct disorder symptom levels show different maladaptive trajectories. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.
  16. *Solomon, D., *McAbee, J., *McGee, A., & Asberg, K. (2013, March). Coming-out and the potential for growth. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.
 

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