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Casey Call - Texas Christian University. Fort Worth, TX, US

Casey Call Casey Call

Assistant Director, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice | Texas Christian University


Dr. Casey Call is the Assistant Director at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development





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Raising Joy #24: Understanding Attachment Styles | Casey Call, Ph.D | Cook Children's


Dr. Casey Call - What is TBRI? The Power of Understanding Attachment Styles and Cycles with Dr. Casey Call Dr. Casey Call discusses Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)



Dr. Casey Call is the Assistant Director at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the TCU Department of Psychology. She serves in various capacities at the Purvis Institute including research, training, and outreach connected to Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). Casey also teaches, advises, and mentors TCU students in the Child Development undergraduate and graduate programs. Casey is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and is a registered Circle of Security® parent educator. She has also received training in Theraplay® Level One and in scoring the Strange Situation Protocol.

Casey earned her B.S. in psychology from the University of North Texas in 1997 and then worked as a milieu therapist in the in-patient psychiatric unit at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas before returning to school. She earned a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from TCU and worked as an elementary school teacher in Coppell and Ft. Worth. After teaching for several years, Casey returned to TCU to earn her M.Ed. in Counseling and then worked as a middle school and high school counselor in Birdville I.S.D. Through these experiences in the education field, Casey developed a passion for teaching, learning, and improving educational systems.

Captivated by the work of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, Casey returned to TCU once again and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology under the direction of Drs. David Cross and Karyn Purvis. Through her work at the KP ICD, Casey combines her passions of serving children and families from hard places and bringing trauma-informed interventions into systems of care.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Therapeutic Family Activities

Importance Of Strong Family Connections

Family Dynamics

Parents Becoming Teachers

Talking To Children About Scary Topics

Education (5)

Texas Christian University: Ph.D., Developmental Psychology 2012

Texas Christian University: M.S., Developmental Psychology 2011

Texas Christian University: M.Ed., Counseling 2004

Texas Christian University: M.Ed., Elementary Education 1999

University of North Texas: B.A., Psychology 1997

Media Appearances (3)

Are Time-Outs Harmful to Kids? The Latest Research Says Otherwise

TIME  online


“We advocate and teach caregivers to use time-ins instead of time-outs as a discipline practice with vulnerable children,” says Casey Call, assistant director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU.

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Trauma inflicted on border kids proves Americans 'have lost our minds,' mental-health expert says

Dallas Morning News  online


When children are distressed, they’ll naturally turn to a caregiver for comfort and support. But in a situation where they can’t find that comfort, they’ll remain in a state of chronic stress that “wears out all of your systems,” Call said.

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A New Resource for Clinicians: Attachment Theory in Action

Karyn Purvis Institute Of Child Development  online


Dr. Call considers Attachment Theory in Action to be a powerful resource for both professionals and college students: “I’m excited about this book because it offers so many practical insights from many attachment-based interventions. I think child development professionals will find the information in Attachment Theory in Action fascinating and helpful as they work to bring healing to children and youth from hard places. I’m looking forward to introducing college students in our Child Development Program to this volume when I use it as a textbook in the classes I teach at TCU.”

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Articles (5)

Attachment classification and years of service in a sample of human service providers working in child welfare

Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

2020 Employee turnover is a pressing problem facing human service professions, especially professionals providing services in the child welfare system. Few studies have examined whether psychological characteristics contribute to turnover.

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Sensory processing in children with a history of maltreatment: an occupational therapy perspective

Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies

2020 Children with a history of maltreatment exhibit differences in a variety of domains, including sensory processing. However, little is known about how domain-specific sensory processing deficits differ by the type of maltreatment experienced. The focus of the current study was to investigate the relationship between abuse, neglect, or no maltreatment on seven sensory domains in a sample of adopted children.

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More than words: Computerized text analysis of child welfare professionals’ Adult Attachment Interviews

Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

2019 Studying the attachment representations of child welfare workers can benefit workers and the vulnerable populations they serve. The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) is the most widely used and well-validated measure of adult attachment but is also costly and time-consuming to score.

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Sensory Processing in Children With a History of Maltreatment

American Journal of Occupational Therapy

2019 This study is a secondary analysis of pre-test data collected for an intervention study. The intervention study included parents who were interested in learning about relationship and developmental needs of adopted children with a history of maltreatment, as well as practical strategies to improve child outcomes.

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The role of attachment classification on disclosure of self and rater-reported adverse childhood experiences in a sample of child welfare professionals

Children and Youth Services Review

2017 Previous work has found that child welfare professionals have both higher self-report prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) (Howard et al., 2015) and higher rates of insecure attachment (Howard et al., 2013) than normative samples. Although adult attachment and ACEs are both prolific areas of research in the developmental literature, little is known about how attachment representations may affect an individual's report of attachment-related ACEs.

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