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National Crime Victim Law Institute

2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

June 07, 2016

Dr. Jerry Yager

2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

NCVLI’s Victims’ Rights Partnership Award recognizes the collaborative efforts of individuals and/or organizations who have devoted their time to advancing crime victims’ rights.

Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. Before moving to private practice, Dr. Jerry served as Director of Training & Community Education at Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, and was the Executive Director of the Denver Children’s Home, which shares a mission with Denver Children’s Advocacy Center to provide high quality mental health care for low-income children whose problems would otherwise go undiagnosed and untreated. Dr. Jerry received his Doctorate in Psychology from Nova University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado. He is a ChildTrauma fellow with the ChildTrauma Academy, under the leadership of Dr Bruce Perry, and conducts professional training in Colorado, nationally and internationally. Dr. Jerry has served as the president of the Colorado Association for Family and Children Agencies. He is a clinical consultant for Devereux Cleo Wallace Behavioral Health Services, Lutheran Family Services and Denver Children’s Advocacy Center. Dr. Jerry currently is a member of the Colorado Court Improvement Project and Colorado’s Systems of Care steering committee. He has testified in court as an expert witness on the developmental impact of abuse and neglect on children and adolescents and has testified at the Colorado State Legislature for bills related to children and adolescents’ crime victims’ rights.

Past Recipients:

2015 - Detective Carrie Hull
2014 - Courthouse Dogs Foundation
2013 - Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
2012 - Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center & Denver District Attorney’s Office
2011- Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights
2010 - Victim Witness Section of the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Arizona
2009 - Mónica Ramírez
2008 - Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, James McIntyre, & Russ Rato
2007 - Attorney General Hardy Myers
2006 - Grant County Prosecutor’s Office & Dano, Gilbert & Ahrend P.L.L.C.