Chelsey Wilks’ Bio

I grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Nevada-Las Vegas, where I earned a BS in human ser­vice coun­sel­ing. While at UNLV, I became inter­ested in treat­ment out­come research with dif­fi­cult to treat clients, while work­ing as a research ther­a­pist on a trial exam­in­ing the effi­cacy of Fam­ily Behav­ior Ther­apy on women who have been referred to treat­ment for child neglect and sub­stance abuse. Receiv­ing excel­lent behav­ioral train­ing out of under­grad fos­tered an inter­est in research­ing effec­tive treat­ments for high risk clients.

While at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton, I devel­oped an inter­est in func­tional out­comes of highly sui­ci­dal indi­vid­u­als as it relates to the advance­ment and improve­ment of Dialec­ti­cal Behav­ior Ther­apy. Even­tu­ally, I would like to exam­ine the imple­men­ta­tion of DBT in broader pop­u­la­tions and set­tings (e.g. com­put­er­i­za­tion and/or home use).