Anna Schierberl Scherr, PhD

Assistant Professor





Liberal Arts 390


2014University of ConnecticutPhD
2010University of ConnecticutMA
2003Colby CollegeBA


  • Counseling
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Advanced Psychopathology





Continuation of PSY 406, plus tape experiences and supervised practicum experiences.

Theories of abnormal psychology, in an advanced study of the major forms of psychopathology. Students will be exposed to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association). Case studies and therapeutic intervention strategies will be emphasized.

The major counseling theories explored in an academic and experiential format. Role playing and videotaping are used. Theories discussed include reality therapy, behavior therapy, rational emotive therapy, gestalt therapy, transactional analysis, client-centered therapy, and the psychoanalytic model.

A distinctly defined, pre-internship, supervised curricular experience. Course requirements include Massachusetts licensing requirements for Master's level mental health counselors. Students provide direct service with a clientele appropriate to the program emphasis. Classroom work includes role plays or other laboratory experiences. Students are provided with both individual and group supervision experiences.


Research Interests

  • Health behavior change
  • Enhancing treatment outcomes for eating disorders and obesity
  • Clinical training

Select publications

  • Pinkston, M. M., & Schierberl Scherr, A. E. (2019).
    Being diagnosed with HIV was the icing on the cake of my life”: A case study of fostering resiliency through flexible interventions along the stigma–sickness slope
  • Schierberl Scherr, A., McClure Brenchley, K.J., & Gorin, A.A. (2013).
    Examining a ripple effect: Do spouses’ behavior changes affect each other’s weight loss?
    Journal of Obesity
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