Kate Theimer, M.A.

 

Kate is currently a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her clinical and research interests include the factors that influence risk and resiliency following child sexual abuse victimization and the assessment and intervention of child maltreatment. She works as the Project SAFE Clinical Coordinator at the Child Advocacy Center.  

Kate graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology, Leadership and Communication, and Child, Youth, and Family Studies. She worked as a research assistant in several labs on campus, particularly in the Child Maltreatment Lab and Trauma, Violence, and Abuse lab. She volunteered at a local elementary school working individually with low-income kindergartners, the Clyde Malone Community Center, Voices of Hope, and the Child Advocacy Center.

Publications

Theimer, K., & Hansen, D. J. (in press). Child sexual abuse: Stigmatization of victims and suggestions for clinicians. Manuscript accepted for a special issue of the Behavior Therapist.

Theimer, K., & Hansen, D. J. (2017). Attributions of blame in a hypothetical child sexual abuse case: Roles of behavior problems and frequency of abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260517716943

Pittenger, S. L., Schreier, A., Meidlinger, K., Pogue, J. K., Theimer, K., Flood, M. F., … Hansen, D. J. (2016). Psychological distress and revictimization risk in youth victims of sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260516658755

Theimer, K., Flood, M. F., & Hansen, D. J. (in press). Child physical abuse and neglect. In V. B. Van Hasselt & M. L. Bourke (Eds.). Handbook of behavioral criminology: Contemporary strategies and issues. New York, NY: Springer. 

Professional Presentations

Theimer, K., Biles, B. L., Flood, M. F., & Hansen, D. J. (2016, October). Behavior Problems and Abuse Duration: Influence on Perceived Responsibility in a Hypothetical Child Sexual Abuse Case. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York City, NY. 

Pogue, J. K., Theimer, K., Schreier, A., Meidlinger, K., Biles, B. L., McCoy, K., Flood, M. F., & Hansen, D. J. (2016, October). Sexually Abused Youth's Negative Attributions and Symptoms of PTSD: Association with Distress in Non-abused Siblings. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York City, NY. 

Biles, B. L., Meidlinger, K., Theimer, K., Pogue, J., Schreier, A., McCoy, K., Flood, M. F., & Hansen, D. J. (2016, October). Sexually Abused Youth Presenting to Treatment: Understanding Predictors of Negative Abuse Attributions. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York City, NY. 

Pogue, J. K., Theimer, K., Pittenger, S. L., Schreier, A., Meidlinger, K., Biles, B., Flood, M. F., & Hansen, D. J. (2015, November). Recognizing the Impact of Familial Distress: Improving Mental Health Services for Sexually Abused Youth by Including Caregivers and Non-abused Siblings. Poster presented at the 49th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Theimer, K., Pogue, J. K., Meidlinger, K., Schreier, A., Pittenger, S.L., Flood, M. F., & Hansen, D. J. (2015, November). The Blame Game: Understanding and Addressing Predictors of Self-Blame in Sexually Abused Youth Presenting to Treatment. Poster presented at the 49th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Pittenger, S. L., Theimer, K., West, T., Schreier, A., Meidlinger, K., Pogue, J. K, Flood, M. F., & Hansen, D. J. (2014, November). Relationship between family environment and child distress following sexual abuse: Initial symptom presentation and response to treatment. Poster presented at the 48th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA. 

Brungardt, K. L., Morton, A., & Kugler, J. (2014, April). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Sexually Abused Youth and their Nonoffending Family Members: An Evaluation of Project SAFE. Poster presented at Undergraduate Research Fair at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.  

Brungardt, K. L., Morton, A., Helem, C., Kugler, J., Huit, Z., & West, T. (2013, November). Nonoffending Paternal Caregiver Support: Association with Initial Symptom Presentation and Family Functioning for Sexually Abused Youth. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. *Student Poster Award, ABCT Child Maltreatment and Interpersonal Violence Special Interest Group

Brungardt, K. L., Morton, A., Kugler, J., & Grandgenett, H. (2013, November). Examination of the Interaction of Daily Functioning with Physical Abuse, Age, Gender, and Running Away in Juveniles. Poster presented at Nebraska Psychological Society Conference, Wayne, NE.

Grandgenett, H., Kugler, J., Morton, A., & Brungardt, K. L. (2013, November). Social Anxiety Levels and Negative Thoughts During a Positive or Negative Conversation Interact with Self-focused Attention and General Anxiety Among College Students. Poster presented at Nebraska Psychological Society Conference, Wayne, NE.

Kugler, J., Grandgenett, H., Brungardt, K. L., & Morton, A. (2013, November). Loneliness, Gender, Marital Status and their Interaction with Depression and Stress. Poster presented at Nebraska Psychological Society Conference, Wayne, NE.

Morton, A., Brungardt, K. L., Grandgenett, H., & Kugler, J. (2013, November). An Examination of the Interaction of Gender, Social Support, and Financial Independence with Depression and Anxiety of College Students. Poster presented at Nebraska Psychological Society Conference, Wayne, NE.                 

Brungardt, K. L., Morton, A., West, T., & Hansen, D. J. (2013, April). Association of Nonoffending Parental Distress and Reports of Anxiety and Depression in their Sexually Abused Youth: Examination of Differences in Mothers Only Versus Both Parents Present for Initial Treatment. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research Fair at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE. 

Morton, A ., Brungardt, K. L., West, T., & Hansen, D. J. (2013, April). Nonoffending Parental Perceptions of their Sexually Abused Youth’s Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research Fair at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.  

Schreier, A., Meidlinger, K. M., Martin, E. K., Hubel, G. S., West, T., Friedenberg, S. L., Brungardt, K. L., Flood, M. F., & Hansen, D. J. (2012, November). Development and Initial Examination of a Group Treatment for Non-Offending, Non-Abused Siblings of Sexually Abused Youth. Poster presented at the 46th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.