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Tamara Sher, PhD

Tamara Sher, PhD

Dr. Tamara Sher (she/her) is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and now serves as the Director of Clinical Education. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill under the mentorship of Dr. Donald Baucom, a leader and pioneer in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy (CBCT). Although Dr. Sher joined the faculty of RFUMS in 2020, she has been an academic in a variety of settings throughout her career beginning with her internship and junior faculty appointment at Rush University Medical Center and most recently at Northwestern University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and has maintained a private practice throughout her career which has allowed her decades of clinical experience to inform her research questions, teaching and mentorship.

Dr. Sher will be accepting a student for the 2022/2023 academic year.



Schmaling, K.B., & Sher, T.G. (Eds.). (2000). The Psychology of Couples and Illness: Theory, Research and Practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Referred Articles

Puranachaikere, T., Sahebi B., Kumaria, S., Aiello, C., Sher, T.G. (in press). Extension of the marriage benefit to long-distance marriages: Comparative evidence from East Asia. The Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand.

Hlubocky, F.J., Sher, T.G.,  Cella, D., Wroblewski, K.E., Peppercorn, J. & Daugherty, C.K (2021). Anxiety shapes expectations of therapeutic benefit in phase 1 trials for patients with advanced cancer and spousal caregivers. JCO Oncology Practice, 17 (2).

Dubois, S.N., Yoder, W., Ramos, S.D., Grotkowski, K., and Sher, T.G (2019). Unexpected gender moderation of marital satisfaction-health associations in long-distance relationships. The Family Journal. First published online 2/20/19.

Du Bois, S.N., Sher, T., Grotkowski, K., Aizenman, T., Slesinger, N., Cohen, M. (2016). Going the distance: health in long-distance relationships. The Family Journal. Vol.24(1), pp.5-14

Sher, T. G., Braun, L. T., Bellg, A., Baucom, D. H., Houle, T., Domas, A., & Tennant, J. (2014). The Partners for Life Program: A couples approach to cardiac risk reduction. Family Process (53) 131-149.

Sher, T. G. (2012). The Whats, Whys, and Who of Couples Interventions: A Deconstruction Approach. Behavior Therapy, 43 (1), 123-131.

Sher, T.G. & Halford, W.K. (2008). Challenge and opportunities in public health perspective on family interventions: Introduction to the special section. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 495-496.

Greene, G.W., Resnicow, K., Thompson, F.E., Peterson, K.E., Hurley, T.G., Hebert, J.R., Toobert, D.J., Williams, G., Elliot, D.L., Sher, T.G., Domas, A., Midthune, D., Stacewicz-Sapuntzakis, M., Yaroch, A.L., and Nebling, L. (2008). Correspondence of the NCI Fruit and Vegetable Screener to repeat 24h recalls and serum carotenoids in behavioral intervention trials. Journal of Nutrition, 138, 185S-192S.

Sher, T.G.  & Baucom, D.H. (2002). Mending a broken heart: A couples approach to cardiac risk reduction. Applied and Preventive Psychology, 125-133.

Invited Book Chapters and Reviews

Lan J., Sher T.G. (2019) Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy. In: Lebow J., Chambers A., Breunlin D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer, Cham

Sher, T. G., Rubin, R. D., Kruepke, M. D., & Menon, S. V. (2019). Public health and family psychology. In B. H. Fiese (Ed.-in-Chief), K. Deater-Deckard, M. Celano, E. N. Jouriles, & M. A. Whisman (Assoc. Eds.), APA handbook of contemporary family psychology: Vol. 2. Applications. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sher, T., Niznikiewicz, M., & Mu, W. (2019). Supervising Ethical Issues in Couple and Family Therapy. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. C. Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy (pp. 1-5). Cham: Springer International Publishing.