Biography

Clinical Psychologist, Children's Health

Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center

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Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship

     Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children's Hospital (2010-2012)

Predoctoral Psychology Internship

     University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Medical Center (2009-2010)

Education

Undergraduate
Oral Roberts University (2005), Psychology
Graduate School
Regent University (2008), Clinical Psychology
Graduate School
Regent University (2010), Clinical Psychology

Research Interest

  • Adolescent nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI)
  • Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide (IPTS)

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Frequency and Methods of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Relation to Acquired Capability for Suicide Among Adolescents.
Matney J, Westers NJ, Horton SE, King JD, Eaddy M, Emslie GJ, Kennard BD, Stewart SM Arch Suicide Res 2017 Jan
Frequency of Exposure to and Engagement in Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Among Inpatient Adolescents.
Zhu L, Westers NJ, Horton SE, King JD, Diederich A, Stewart SM, Kennard BD Arch Suicide Res 2016 Mar
Violence and mental health: Trauma-informed practice and wellness approach to violence victimization.
Westers, NJ, Kistin, C, Bair-Merritt, M Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews 2016 27 236-250
Preliminary Examination of the Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide in an Adolescent Clinical Sample.
Horton SE, Hughes JL, King JD, Kennard BD, Westers NJ, Mayes TL, Stewart SM J Abnorm Child Psychol 2015 Dec
An exploration of adolescent nonsuicidal self-injury and religious coping.
Westers NJ, Rehfuss M, Olson L, Wiemann CM Int J Adolesc Med Health 2013 Oct 1-5
The role of forgiveness in adolescents who engage in nonsuicidal self-injury.
Westers NJ, Rehfuss M, Olson L, Biron D J. Nerv. Ment. Dis. 2012 Jun 200 6 535-41

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (2012)
  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (2011)
  • Texas Psychological Association (2011)
  • American Psychological Association (2007)