Kim Werner, PhD

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 (Evaluation) for the Emergency Room Enhancement Project and Co-Project Director for the Missouri Opioid-Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (MO-HOPE) project. Moving forward at MIMH, Dr. Werner is working towards developing research projects and protocols to apply her expertise in trauma/stress related etiology of substance use disorder (SUD) to design and implement culturally competent prevention and intervention programs for trauma, SUDs, and related psychopathology.