Dr. Jeffrey (Jeff) Wherry completed his PhD at the University of Southern Mississippi, and he earned the Diplomate in Clinical Psychology awarded by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has worked with residential populations, foster children and with outpatients. Dr. Wherry was the CEO of Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, where he also was involved in training, outpatient work with sexually abused children and research. He has been a tenured professor at four universities. He directed the Research Institute of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. He currently is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Jeff was named an “Integrated Scholar” at Texas Tech University and received the “Outstanding Professional Award” in 2013 from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. His specialties include sexual abuse, PTSD, assessment, and treatment. Jeff has published over 40 journal articles; has made over 250 presentations and has received foundation and grant support more than $8.0 million. He and his wife of 42 years are proud parents of a daughter and two marvelous granddaughters.

Education & Training

University of Southern Mississippi
PhD, School Psychology, 1982
University of Texas at Tyler
MS, Psychology, 1979
Abilene Christian University
BSEd, Psychology, 1977

Research Interests

Assessment of sexually abused children and adolescents

Publication Highlights

Wherry, J.N., Huffhines, L., & Walisky, D. (2016). A short form of the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children. Child Maltreatment, 21, 37-46.
Wherry, J.N., Huey, C., Medford, E. (2015). A national survey of CAC directors regarding knowledge assessment, treatment referral, and training needs in physical and sexual abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 24 (3), 280-299.
Wherry, J.N., Baldwin, S., Junco, K., & Floyd, B. (2013). Suicidal thoughts/behaviors in sexually abuse children. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 22, 534-551.
Wherry, J.N., Corson, K., & Hunsaker, S. (2013). A short form of the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children using a clinical sample of sexually abused outpatients. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 22, 796-821.