• About Dr. Shields

    Dr. Jennifer Daer Shields is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City, OK.


    Dr. Shields provides therapy and assessment services at the OU Child Study Center to youth ages 2-17 experiencing a wide range of emotional and behavioral health difficulties. She is nationally certified in evidence-based treatment modalities for children exposed to adversity such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Problematic Sexual Behavior - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT). Further, Dr. Shields holds specific expertise in serving foster and adoptive children involved in the child welfare system. Dr. Shields loves building relationships with her patients. Seeing them grow and make progress is the highlight of her day! Dr. Shields is a compassionate doctor and is fulfilled by helping children overcome their exposure to abuse and neglect. She is passionate about restoring children and families to their ideal functioning so they can live the lives they deserve.


    Throughout her time at OUHSC, Dr. Shields has been a part of numerous federally funded studies evaluating child abuse and neglect prevention programs. Dr. Shields conducts research related to service engagement and attrition in evidence based programs for children and their families. Most recently, she has served as the project coordinator and co-investigator on an international evaluation examining the implementation of treatment programs for youth with problematic sexual behavior with the Department of Defense and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.


    Dr. Shields is also a consultant and National Trainer at the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth. She is a previous awardee of the prestigious Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well Being. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Shields graduated Summa Cum Laude with bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Music from the University of Tulsa. She holds a master’s of science in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Shields completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship and post-doctoral residency in clinical psychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine and Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.


    Outside of the office, Dr. Shields is the mom of two young boys. She is an avid coffee drinker, lover of jazz music, and passionate advocate for working women. She and her husband are residents of Edmond, Oklahoma where they enjoy exploring the local cuisine and serving the OKC community through their local church.


    Dr. Shields recently received a grant with the Presbyterian Health Foundation to conduct a Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT) with families of children with problematic sexual behavior. She will be hiring a Research Technician to assist with IRB management, protocol creation, data management and entry, and coordination with program developers.


    Interested applicants should have at least a Bachelor's degree in social services or a related field.
    The position will begin in July of 2021.


    Please contact Dr. Shields below if you are interested in learning more!

    Center on Child Abuse and Neglect
    940 NE 13th St. Suite 4900
    Oklahoma City, OK 73104
    405-271-8858 x43101
  • Click Here for a copy of dr. Shields curriculum vitae

    Last Updated May 2021

  • "Children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if only given the chance."


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  • Education

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect


    Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology


    Pre-doctoral Clinical Internship in Psychology (APA Accredited)


    M.S. in Clinical Psychology


    B.S. in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude

    B.A. in Music, Summa Cum Laude

  • Philosophy

    Research within the field of child abuse prevention enables us to make discoveries and develop treatments that have a positive impact on human lives. Research that does not inform policy or clinical practice has failed in its role to make a lasting impact. Dr. Shields is passionate about ensuring that scholarly work is disseminated in a way that reaches the hands of people who will benefit most. This means thinking outside of traditional academic pipelines. See below for Dr. Shields' involvement in dissemination efforts with the National Children's Alliance, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and the Huffington Post through the use of fact sheets, web-based video training, and popular press articles.

  • Relevant work

    See below for relevant dissemination efforts

    "What Happens Now"

    National Children's Alliance

    This fact sheet is intended for caregivers of children and youth with problematic sexual behaviors, with guidance on the how caregivers can help their children and answers to pressing questions caregivers and family members may have.

    "To The Citizens Of The United States: Our Children Need Your Protection"

    Huffington Post

    An op-ed piece discussing the importance of investing in policy initiatives that support our nations children.

    "Family Engagement and Involvement in Trauma Mental Health"

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network

    Gives information on family engagement, why it is important, the potential barriers to engaging a family, specific strategies for engagement, and how multidisciplinary partners can be involved.

    "The Role of the Mental Health Professional on the Multidisciplinary Team"

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network

    Describes the role of a mental health professional on a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) at child advocacy centers (CAC's). This fact sheet gives guidance on how CAC's can fully integrate a mental health professional on to a MDT, on how to incorporate a collaborative mental health case planning and treatment process into a MDT and its case review, and the role of the CAC if they refer clients out for mental health treatment.

    "MDT Treatment Planning and Case Management"

    National Child Traumatic Stress Network

    Looks at the multi-disciplinary team and case management monitoring as a component of treatment completion. This fact sheet offers CAC workers information on the role of the MDT, how treatment goals are identified and included in a treatment plan, and the steps to collaborative case management monitoring.

    "A Qualitative Analysis of Family Perspective on Treatment Services for Youths with Problematic Sexual Behavior"

    Victims & Offenders

    An examination of consumer impressions on evidence-based treatment services for youth with problematic sexual behavior. This article gives voice to both the caregiver and youth on treatment satisfaction and barriers to successful treatment completion.

  • Contact

    Interested in bringing Dr. Shields to your community?


    Dr. Shields provides training on topics related to child maltreatment, evidence based parenting approaches, working motherhood, and more. She regularly partners with foster care organizations, schools, universities, mental health agencies, and policy makers to promote the hope that comes when communities work together to promote the resilience of children. She would be honored to partner with your organization to support your special event, benefit dinner, conference, or training. Dr. Shields' will work alongside your organization to create content tailored to meet your community's unique needs.


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    940 NE 13th Street
    Nicholson Tower 4900
    Oklahoma City, OK 73104
    405-271-8858 x43101
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