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Healing St. Louis

John Nanney, director of Community Psychological Service, has been instrumental in the program’s recent growth. Photo by August Jennewein, courtesy of UMSL Daily. 

During his postdoctoral fellowship in New Orleans, John Nanney worked with gunshot victims at a level-one trauma center. He developed a program to offer psychological assessment and therapy to patients at risk of repeat injury due to violent confrontation.

“While the gunshot victims were in the hospital, we had a captive audience,” Nanney says. “So we used the opportunity to intervene with them, as they were at high risk of being shot again or shooting someone else.”

Since then, Nanney has joined the University of Missouri–St. Louis as director of Community Psychological Service, one of several psychological resources UMSL offers to the St. Louis community including the Center for Trauma RecoveryChildren’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, the Missouri Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Psychological Sciences.

Founded in 1977 and based in Stadler Hall on UMSL’s campus, CPS uses a three-pronged approach to treating mental health concerns in areas that exhibit great need. The program trains future clinicians through a rigorous doctoral program, supports faculty who pursue cutting-edge psychological research and offers affordable, high-quality assessments and outpatient treatment to area residents.


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