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Kia Karin Asberg

Kia Karin Asberg

Associate Professor, Department Head

College of Education and Allied Professions


Contact Information

Office: 302B Killian Building
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Pronouns: she/her/hers


Dr. Asberg is the department head for Psychology, and has taught at WCU since 2008 (tenured in 2014). She holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida, and completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Adult Inpatient/DBT-SUD Outpatient track at Yale University School of Medicine (2007-08). Broadly, Dr. Asberg's research centers around stress and resilience in the aftermath of trauma (e.g., child maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences), and the research aims to improve our understanding of variables (moderators, mediators) that may influence outcomes.


  • Ph D, University of Central Florida
  • MS, University of Central Florida
  • BS, Florida State University

Teaching Interests

Abnormal Psychology; Child & Adolescent Psychopathology; Adolescent Development; Senior Seminar; Intro to Therapy/Empirically Supported Treatments; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Thesis; Directed Study

Research Interests

Stress and health, trauma and resilience, psycho-social adjustment among women in the criminal justice system; issues pertaining to mental health in marginalized groups; substance use in the context of child maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs); improving services for survivors of interpersonal violence.

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