Sherrie Wilcox, PhD, CHES
Sherrie L Wilcox, PhD, CHES
Name: Sherrie L Wilcox, PhD, CHES
Behavior change, technology, avatars, simulations, caregivers, wounded warriors, service members, military families, providers
Intimacy, communication, suicide prevention, technology, quality of life, training, provider training
M.S. Health Promotion, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 2008
B.S. Psychology, UMBC, Baltimore, MD 2005
A.A. Allied Health, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD 2002
Dr. Wilcox received her PhD in Health Promotion & Behavior from the University of Georgia and has engaged in military-focused research for over a decade. Her research focuses on using health behavior theory and innovative solutions to address complex public health challenges that military families experience. Her research topics of interest include health promotion & prevention; military family caregiving, physical and psychological health of military families; intimacy and sexual health; virtual reality and simulation technology and training; and military-civilian translational research. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology with concentrations in Biopsychology and Human Services from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
From 2016-2019, Dr. Wilcox was Principal Investigator on a three-year study funded by United Health Foundation that focused on using avatar technology to enhance the health of military-connected caregivers and their wounded warriors. From 2013-2015, Dr. Wilcox was 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 Professional Affiliate Representative to APA’s Division 56 Trauma Psychology. She continues to engage in teaching courses in grant writing and mental health research at the University of Southern California School of Social Work.
Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments
- Kintzle, S., Oh, H., Wilcox, S.L., Hassan, A.M., Ell, K., & Castro, C.A. (2015). Civilian unemployment and mental health: The moderating impact of alcohol misuse in returning National Guard. Military Medicine, 180(9), 986–993. DOI: 10.7205/MILMED–D–14–00466.
- Wilcox, S.L., Schuyler, A., & Hassan, A.M. (2015, March). The elephant in the bedroom: Sexual functioning in military populations. Los Angeles, CA: USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families. Available online at: http://cir.usc.edu/publications/policy–briefs–field–notes. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4474.0648.
- Wilcox, S.L., Schuyler, A., & Hassan, A.M. (2015, March). Genitourinary (GU) trauma in the military: Impact, prevention, and recommendations. Los Angeles, CA: USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families. Available online at: http://cir.usc.edu/publications/policy–briefs–field–notes. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2376.9127.
- Wilcox, S.L. & the Sex & The Military Project Team. (2015, February). Sex & The Military: The Other Invisible Wounds – 2015 Toolkit. Los Angeles, CA: USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families.
- Finney, K., & Wilcox, S.L. (2014). A proposed needs assessment for student veterans. In J.E. Coll & E.L. Weiss (Eds.), Student Veterans in Human Service Programs: A Primer for Administrators, Faculty, and Academic Advisors. Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.
- Wilcox, S.L. & Rank, M.G. (2013). Transitioning through the deployment cycle. In B. Moore & J. Barnett (Eds.), Military Psychologists’ Desk Reference (pp. 306–311). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Wilcox, S.L., Finney, K., & Cederbaum, J.A. (2013). Prevalence of mental health problems among military populations. In B. Moore & J. Barnett (Eds.), Military Psychologists’ Desk Reference (pp. 187–192). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Hazle, M., Wilcox, S.L., & Hassan, A.M. (2012). Helping veterans and their families Fight On! Advances in Social Work, 13(1), 229–242.
- Chicas, J., Maiden, P., Oh, H., Wilcox, S., & Young, D. (2012, June). From war to the workplace: Helping veterans transition to civilian work settings. Los Angeles, CA: Center for Innovation and Research for Veterans and Military Families. Available online at: http://cir.usc.edu/publications/policy–briefs–field–notes.
- Wilcox, S. (2010). Social relationships and PTSD symptomatology in combat veterans. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2(3), 175–182. Doi:10.1037/a0019062
- Wilcox, S.L. & Varpio, L. (2019). Finding Comfort in the Discomfort of Difficult Conversations with Military Patients. Military Medicine, usz137. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usz137.
- Wilcox, S.L. (2018). Chapter 35: Spouses as Caregivers of Wounded Services Members. In E. Weiss & C.A. Castro (Eds.), American Military Life in the 21st Century: Social, Cultural, Economic Issues and Trends (pp. 426-439). Praeger/ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA.
- Cederbaum, J.A., Wilcox, S.L., Oh, H., Sullivan, K.S., Ell, K., & Hassan, A.M. (2017). The role of service member mental health and marital satisfaction in postdeployment family reintegration. Military Behavioral Health. DOI: 10.1080/21635781.2017.133306.
- Cederbaum, J.A., Wilcox, S.L., Sullivan, K., Lucas, C., & Schuyler, A. (2017). The influence of social support on dyadic functioning and mental health during post–deployment reintegration. Public Health Reports, 132(1), 85-92. DOI: 10.1177/0033354916679984.
- Wilcox, S.L., Whitsett, D.P., Finney, K. (2016). Sex and the Military: A model for provider education. Contemporary Behavioral Health Care, 2(1), 1-6. DOI: 10.15761/CBHC.1000114.
- Castro, C.A., & Wilcox, S.L. (2015). Chapter 12: Mental health and combat veterans. In A. Powles, N. Partow, & N. Nelson (Eds.), United Nations Peacekeeping Challenge: The Importance of the Integrated Approach (pp. 149–166). Ashgate Publishing. ISBN: 978–1–4724–3248–3.
- Wilcox, S.L., Oh, H., Redmond, S.A., Chicas, J., Hassan, A.M., Lee, P–J., & Ell, K. (2015). A scope of the problem: Post–deployment reintegration challenges in a National Guard unit. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 50(1), 73–83. DOI: 10.3233/WOR–141935.
- Redmond, S.A., Wilcox, S.L., Campbell, S., Kim, A., Finney, K., Barr, K., & Hassan, A.M. (2015). A brief introduction to the military workplace culture. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 50(1), 9–20. DOI: 10.3233/WOR–141987.
- Wilcox, S.L., Redmond, S., Latham Davis, T. (2015). Genital image, sexual anxiety, and erectile dysfunction among young male military personnel. Journal of Sexual Medicine. DOI:10.1111/jsm.12880.
- Wilcox, S.L., Redmond, S., & Hassan, A.M. (2014). Sexual functioning in military personnel: Preliminary estimates and predictors. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11(10), 2537–2545. DOI: 10.1111/jsm.12643.