Research Director, National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; CHES
Sherrie L. Wilcox, Ph.D., CHES, is the Research Director at the National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health (NCDMPH) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She joined NCDMPH after serving as the Director of Research and Policy at Blue Star Families and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. Dr. Wilcox continues to engage in teaching courses in grant writing and mental health research at the University of Southern California.
She received her Ph.D. in Health Promotion & Behavior from the University of Georgia and has engaged in military-focused research for the past decade. Her research interests include health promotion & prevention; physical and psychological health of military service members, veterans, and caregivers; virtual reality and simulation technology and training; and military-civilian translational research.
In 2016, Dr. Wilcox was Principal Investigator on a study funded by United Health Foundation that focused on using avatar technology to enhance the health of military-connected caregivers. From 2013-2015, Dr. Wilcox was the principal investigator on a study funded by the California Community Foundation examining sexual functioning and intimacy problems associated with physical and/or psychological injuries. From 2011-2014, she was involved in a randomized trial funded by the Department of Defense evaluating the effectiveness of online courses to improve knowledge, confidence, and skills in behavioral health providers working with military populations. From 2011-2013, she was involved in a study assessing challenges and strengths to reintegrating National Guard members after returning from a combat deployment. Her dissertation research examined the protective impact of distinct sources of social support among U.S. Marines.
Dr. Wilcox is the co-chief editorial assistant of the APA’s Trauma Psychology News and the Professional Affiliate Representative to APA’s Division 56 Trauma Psychology.