Janine Shelby

Janine Shelby, PhD, is a trauma psychologist, trained child forensic interviewer, and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.

Dr. Shelby began her career as the Clinical Director of the Santa Monica-UCLA Rape Treatment Center, where she oversaw adult outpatient psychotherapy services. These services included school-based education and rape prevention programs, and emergency crisis response systems for sexual assault survivors. Subsequently, she served as the Director of Training and Lead Forensic Interviewer in the Department of Pediatrics child advocacy service at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

After transitioning to the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences as an Associate Clinical Professor, Janine founded Harbor-UCLA’s Child Trauma Clinic. At the clinic, children, adolescents, and their caregivers received evidence-based, trauma-informed, mental health care following sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, accidental injury, community violence, and other adverse events.

Dr. Shelby has authored 50 peer-reviewed presentations and publications and 30 additional publications. Her work has been influential to child-focused clinicians seeking to recognize common posttraumatic responses, implement research-based approaches to clinical care, and provide culturally and developmentally sensitive posttraumatic interventions. She has delivered more than 200 presentations in the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

As a consultant and humanitarian, Janine Shelby has worked and volunteered locally, nationally, and in more than a dozen countries abroad following disasters, war, terrorism, and other adverse events.