Kerry Sherman


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I am a Health Psychologist researching across broad domains of behavioural medicine with a focus on psycho-oncology. My research interests fall into a number of areas including decision making in cancer and in genetic testing, coping and adjustment in the cancer context, body image and sexual functioning after physical illness, and the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions to facilitate adjustment in the physical health context. Other areas of research include infertility, bereavement and grieving, stress and stress beliefs and rumination in illness, including the development and validation of measures in these areas. My work most recently has entailed investigating the role of self-compassion in adjustment to illness and the development and evaluation of a self-compassion focused writing intervention to help with body image concerns after physical illness. I have contributed several book chapters on topics as diverse as body image in cancer, coping with lymphoedema (a cancer treatment side-effect), and psychosocial aspects of genetic testing. I have recently co-authored a textbook, Health Psychology in Australia. 


(2017) Excellence in Research: Five future-shaping priorities (Health People), Macquarie University

(2017) Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Macquarie University

(2016) Best Psychosocial Paper Award (Pre-surrogacy assessment: Positive and negative indicators), Fertility Society of Australia

(2014) American Psychological Association (APA), Distinguished International Affiliate, Division 38 Health Psychology

(2013) Best of the Best – San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Scientific Posters

Miami Breast Conference

(2013) Best research oral paper

International Meeting on Psychological Aspects of Hereditary Cancer

(2009) Best Senior Oral Paper

British Psychosocial Oncology Society

(2004) Best Scientific Poster, Society of Behavioural Medicine (US)

(2001) Best Psychosocial Paper, International Federation of Fertility Societies


Current Research Projects

  1. Applying self-compassion focused writing to address body image concerns in women with breast cancer-related lymphoedema (with C. Wilson, ONJ Cancer and Wellness Centre, Victoria)
  2. Applying self-compassion focused writing to address body image concerns following head and neck cancer (collaborations with I. Verdonck, Vrije University, Amsterdam)
  3. Choices in breast surgery and reconstruction: implementation and testing of a web-based psychoeducational intervention to facilitate decision making (collaborating with E. Bleiker, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam)
  4. Applying the My Changed Body self-compassion focused writing intervention to recently diagnosed breast cancer patients (collaborating with E.Elder, Westmead Breast Cancer Institute)

Research interests

Medical decision making; adjustment and coping in cancer; body image and cancer; sexual functioning, relationship functioning and body image in illness; self-compassion; mindfulness; attachment style; rumination in physical illness; caregiving in illness; stress and stress beliefs; psychosocial intervention development and evaluation.


Deputy Head of Department, Learning and Teaching

PSY 224 Psychology, Health and Wellbeing

PSY 466 Advanced Issues in Health Psychology

PSY 499 The Scientist Practitioner Model

Psy 926 Health Psychology (Clinical Masters)

Research student supervision

I supervise a range of research projects broadly within behavioural medicine including:

  • Decision making in medical contexts
  • Close relationships in cancer and physical illness
  • Self-compassion focused interventions
  • Caregiving in cancer and illness - adjustment and coping
  • Development and validation of scales/measures
  • Quantitative and qualitative research

Current HDR Research Supervision

Christopher Kilby (PhD), Stress and stress beliefs

Katriona Smith (PhD), Coping of caregivers in the cancer context

Hayley McDonald (PhD), Attachment style, mindfulness, emotion regulation and distress

Louise Koelmeyer (PhD), Self-management of cancer-related lymphoedema

Anna Singleton (PhD, USyd), Text messaging to improve breast cancer outcomes

Carla Sullivan-Myers (MRes/PhD), Enhancing lymphoedema self-management

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Projects 2006 2017

Research Outputs 1994 2019

A cluster randomized controlled trial of an online psychoeducational intervention for people with a family history of depression

Mills, L., Meiser, B., Ahmad, R., Schofield, P. R., Peate, M., Levitan, C., Trevena, L., Barlow-Stewart, K., Dobbins, T., Christensen, H., Sherman, K. A., Dunlop, K. & Mitchell, P. B., 17 Jan 2019, In : BMC Psychiatry. 19, 1, 11 p., 29.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Randomized Controlled Trials
Major Depressive Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Primary Health Care

A text message intervention to support women's physical and mental health after breast cancer treatments (EMPOWER-SMS): a randomised controlled trial protocol

Singleton, A., Partridge, S. R., Raeside, R., Regimbal, M., Hyun, K. K., Chow, C. K., Sherman, K., Elder, E. & Redfern, J., 4 Jul 2019, In : BMC Cancer. 19, 1, 8 p., 660.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Text Messaging
Women's Health
Clinical Protocols
Mental Health
Randomized Controlled Trials

Attachment styles, self-compassion, and psychological adjustment in long-term breast cancer survivors

Arambasic, J., Sherman, K. A., Elder, E. & Breast Cancer Network Australia, May 2019, In : Psycho-Oncology. 28, 5, p. 1134-1141 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Breast Neoplasms
Psychological Stress
Open Access
body image
Body Image

Is care really shared? A systematic review of collaborative care (shared care) interventions for adult cancer patients with depression

Shaw, J., Sethi, S., Vaccaro, L., Beatty, L., Kirsten, L., Kissane, D., Kelly, B., Mitchell, G., Sherman, K. & Turner, J., 14 Feb 2019, In : BMC Health Services Research. 19, 1, 18 p., 120.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Primary Care Physicians
Depressive Disorder

Activities 2009 2017

  • 8 Editorial work
  • 7 Oral presentation

PLoS ONE (Journal)

Kerry Sherman (Reviewer)
Jun 2017Jul 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Facilitating decision-making in women undergoing genetic testing for hereditary breast cancer: BRECONDA randomized controlled trial results

KA Sherman (Speaker), Christopher Kilby (Speaker), Laura-Kate Shaw (Speaker), Elisabeth Edstrom Elder (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine (Journal)

Kerry Sherman (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

“I didn’t know there were other options”: Using BRECONDA to assist women at high risk with surgical decision making

KA Sherman (Speaker), Christopher Kilby (Speaker), Laura-Kate Shaw (Speaker), Elisabeth Edstrom Elder (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Personal Relationships (Journal)

Kerry Sherman (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work