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Boston College School of Social Work

Margaret Sherrer

Margaret Sherrer

MSW, Rhode Island College; PhD, Boston College

Doctoral Graduation Date

May 2011

Current Position

Associate Professor, Psychology & Human Services, Lyndon State College

2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar Award at The School of Social Work at Rajagiri College of Social Sciences in Kochi, Kerala, India. Fulbright project is entitled "Evidence-Based Mental Health Services in Kerala, India: Cultural Influences and Challenges."

Research Interests

Psychosocial factors among individuals with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and mood disorders; cognitive appraisal and trauma; and disaster response in rural communities

Organization Affiliations

Associate Professor of Psychology & Human Services, Lyndon State College (2005-present; granted tenure in 2011), volunteer member of the American Red Cross (northern Vermont chapter), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

Dissertation Title

Testing the association between negative appraisal and traumatic stress symptoms among community clients with serious mental illness


Sherrer, M.V. (2011). The role of cognitive appraisal in adaptation to traumatic stress in adults with serious mental illness: a critical review. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 12 (3), 151-167.

O'Hare, T. & Sherrer, M.V. (in press). Drinking motives as mediators between PTSD symptom severity and alcohol consumption in persons with severe mental illnesses. Addictive Behaviors.

O'Hare, T. & Sherrer, M.V. (in press) Subjective distress associated with sudden loss in clients with severe mental illness. Community Mental Health Journal.

O'Hare, T., Shen, C., & Sherrer, M.V. (2010). High risk behaviors and drinking to cope as mediators of lifetime abuse and PTSD symptoms in clients with severe mental illness. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23(2), 255-263.

O'Hare, T. and Sherrer, M.V. (2009). Lifetime traumatic events and high risk behaviors as predictors of PTSD symptoms in persons with severe mental illnesses. Social Work Research, 33 (4), 209-218.

O'Hare, T. & Sherrer, M.V. (2009). Effects of clinic staff support on psychosocial wellbeing and PTSD symptom severity in clients with severe mental illnesses. Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal, 5(2), 1-13.

O'Hare, T., & Sherrer, M. V. (2009). Impact of the most frequently reported traumatic events on community mental health clients. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 19(2), 186-195.