The PHS postdoctoral fellows honored Dianne Berg, PhD, with the 2012 Faculty Mentor Award. Graduating fellows Aimee Tubbs, PsyD, and Brad Nederostek, PsyD, presented the award on June 13.
The fellows selected Berg because she is "someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, is an outstanding leader, teacher, and mentor, and is supportive of our learning and development as professionals." Tubbs added that her, "clinical skills are top notch, her enthusiasm is contagious, she has the very important ability to instill hope, she seizes opportunities for teachable moments, she is compassionate, kind, approachable, down to earth, and she is ALWAYS open to the 'random door knock' to field fellow's questions. Berg provides balanced feedback, she gives constructive criticism and celebrates successes. She includes the fellows as colleagues and helps us see ourselves as part of the profession."
Berg herself is a graduate of the PHS postdoctoral fellowship. She has mentored postdoctoral fellows since 2000.
Dianne Berg, PhD, is an assistant professor involved in providing clinical services to adults, adolescents and children with sexuality concerns. Her areas of interest are compulsive sexual behavior, transgender issues (including gender identity disorder and intersex issues in children), women's sexual dysfunction including relationship and sex therapy, abuse recovery, and the treatment of sex offenders (including children with sexual behavior problems). She recently developed a time-limited psychoeducational/support group for partners of people with compulsive sexual behavior and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of a new community health seminar for the GLBT community called Our Sexual Health. While at the University of Illinois, Berg helped to develop, implement, and research the impact of a campus-wide acquaintance rape education program. She also was active in the establishment of lesbian support groups. For several years prior to coming to PHS, Berg focused on the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings including residential treatment and a community mental health outpatient clinic. She continues to be a community faculty member of Metropolitan State University, where she teaches a course on the prevention, assessment, and treatment of child abuse and neglect.