David S Shearer


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Family Medicine
Director of Behavioral Sciences, Family Medicine Residency
Location: Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
Research Interests:
Psychopharmacology and Psychology
Combined Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy, Psychology in Primary Care Settings
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Ph.D. Utah State University, Logan, Utah. August 2001
Combined Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology Program
Full APA Accreditation
Specialization: Behavioral Medicine, Child/School Psychology
Dissertation: The MMPI-2 and Low-Back Pain Surgery Outcome

M.S. New Mexico State University, New Mexico, December 2010
Major: Psychopharmacology

M.S. Utah State University, Logan, Utah, June, 1998.
Major: School Psychology
Full NASP Accreditation

M.S. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, May 1995.
Major: Clinical Psychology
Thesis: Personality and Academic Risk Status in University Students

B.A. University of California - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. August 1990.
Major: Psychology


Dr. Shearer is a clinical and prescribing psychologist for the Department of the Army at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) in the state of Washington. He serves as a core faculty member and Director of Behavioral Sciences the MAMC family medicine residency. He is responsible for training family medicine residents in behavioral health including psychopharmacology. Dr. Shearer is fully integrated into the family medicine clinics at MAMC as the primary psychopharmacological consultant and prescriber. He also teaches a year-long psychopharmacology course to psychology doctoral interns as a faculty member of the Department of Behavioral Health at MAMC. Dr. Shearer is the Chair of the Washington State Psychological Association Prescribing Psychology Legislative Taskforce. He is an adjunct faculty at Alliant International University in the psychopharmacology program, and has appointments as an assistant professor at the Uniformed University of Health Sciences and as a clinical instructor at the University of Washington. He is a 2019 recipient of the Major Caraveo National Service Award for contributions as a prescribing psychologist to underserved populations, awarded by Division 55 of the American Psychological Association His research and professional interests include understanding and evaluating the combination of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy in the treatment of behavioral health disorders, prescribing psychology in primary care settings, teaching psychopharmacology to psychologists and allied health care providers, and the development of prescribing psychology in the military.

Representative Bibliography

Waltman, S.H., Shearer, D. S, & Moore, B.A. (2018). Management of Post-Traumatic Nightmares: A Review of Pharmacologic and Nonpharmacologic Treatments Since 2013. Current Psychiatry Reports

Shearer, D.S., Moore, B.A., & Park, A.H. (2015). Establishing uniform requirements for privileging psychologists to prescribe in federal service. The Tablet (Spring 2015), American Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, 35 - 37

Shearer, D.S., Harmon, C.S., Seavey, B.M., & Tiu, A.Y. (2012). The primary care prescribing psychologist model: Medical provider ratings of the safety, impact and utility of prescribing psychologist in a primary care settings. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 19(4), 420-429.

Shearer, D.S. (2012). Civilian primary care prescribing psychologist in an Army medical center. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 19(4), 430-433.

Shearer, D. S. & Etherage, J. R. (2010). The practice of medical psychology in a military primary care medicine setting. Archives of Medical Psychology, 1, 14-18.

Shearer, D.S., Pujol, L., & Moore, B.A. (expected 2020). Prescribing psychologists in the Army: Primary care integration and tele-psychopharmacology. In B. Rom-Rymer (Ed). Prescribing psychologists in the military: History, regulations, and cutting-edge practice.

Shearer, D.S., Brown, C.S., & Moore, B.A. (2018). Psychoses. In M. Muse (Ed), Cognitive behavioral psychopharmacology: The clinical practice of biopsychosocial integration. New York, John Wiley & Sons

Shearer, D.S., Brown, C.S., Harmon, S.C., & Moore, B.A. (2013). Integrating psychopharmacology and psychotherapy in anxiety disorders. In I.R. de Oliveira, T. Schwartz, & S.M. Stahl (Eds), Integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. New York, Routledge.

Shearer, D.S., & Candy, C.M. (2013). Impact of psychiatric disorders and psychotropic medications on retention and deployment. In J. Barnett & B.A. Moore (Eds), Military psychologists’ desk reference. New York, Oxford University Press.

Shearer, D.S., Harmon, S.C., Younger, R.D., & Brown, C.S. (2013). Specific phobia. In S.M. Stahl & B.A. Moore (Eds), Anxiety disorders: a concise guide and casebook for psychopharmacology and psychotherapy integration. New York: Routledge