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Prof Lorraine Sherr
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  • Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Infection & Population Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Prof Lorraine Sherr is a Clinical Psychologist and head of the Health Psychology Unit.  She studied Psychology at Warwick University with a PhD on the importance of Communication in health care and  a wide research portfolio encompassing empirical research, theory, review, evidence, policy and advocacy.  Prof Sherr has worked at National and International levels on HIV, mental health, treatment adherence, switching, gender, pregnancy, families, children, parenting, palliative care, discrimination and HIV infection.  Prof Lorraine Sherr is editor of three International Journals; AIDS Care, Psychology Health and Medicine and Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies.  She is one of the organisers of the AIDSImpact conferences which delve into the detailed psychosocial aspects of HIV.  She has wide spread policy work such as serving on the WHO Strategic Advisory Committee (STAC), chairing the WHO Disclosure guidelines group and providing input for Governments, USAID, Save the Children, Coalition for Children affected by AIDS, UNICEF, PEPFAR, REPSSI, French ANRS, British Psychological Society, British HIV Association, IAS and USA Congressional initiatives.

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Research Summary

The Health Psychology Unit within the Institute of Global Health has a wide portfolio of research with a focus on HIV infection, Family, Women and Children and psychological aspects of health.    Current research areas of focus are

COVID-19 parenting tips.  Part of the initiative to provide COVID-19 parenting tips globally in harmony with UNICEF, WHO, USAID and GCRF Hub - reaching 134 million by end 2020 and translated into over 100 languages.

GCRF Hub on Accelerating Achievements for African adolescents.  This five year initiative (PI Prof Lucie Cluver Oxford University, Co-Directors Prof Lorraine Sherr UCL and Prof Chris Desmon UKZN).  5 Workpackages examining inputs and strategy for adolescent advancement.

Children Community study - a project evaluating the effects of community based provision on child outcomes in Sub Saharan Africa - together with partners (Stellenbosch University, Help Age, Save the Children, Firelight Foundation, REPSSI, UNICEF, World Vision, Bernard van Leer, STOPAIDS Now, Diana Memorial Fund, Comic Relief, AIDS Alliance)

Palliative care and HIV -  evaluating the effect of palliative care for HIV in Kenya and South Africa (partnered with Kings College, Dr R Harding) and funded by the Diana Memorial Fund

Antiretroviral HIV Treatment as Prevention (ASTRA) collaboration on multidisciplinary initiative (Prof A Phillips)

Discrimination and HIV - psychological burden and legal redress. Also involved in ethical issues around HIV and around Children

Temporal dynamics of HIV transmission, impact and control in Zimbabwe collaboration with Prof Simon Gregson and team on a long term Wellcome funded initiative

Psychology and the family - various research studies including evaluation of the International Child Development programme (Norway and Mozambique), input on the Joint Learning Initiative on HIV and AIDS in Children (Harvard University), Steering group of the Coalition on Children affected by AIDS (Global), Care for children out of family (US Congressional committee), Paternal mood, Abandoned babies, community provision (World Bank initiative)

Children in the HIV Epidemic - various research areas such as studies on the most neglected children (World Vision), alternative care provision, evaluation of institutionalised care, Cash transfer initiatives, Social welfare and cash transfer (UNICEF), evaluation of PEPFAR childre's programmes (USAID), Integrated care overview (AIDStar)

Psychological effects of HIV,  treatment - HIV switching study, ageing, HIV and women, HIV and pregnancy, Psychological standards (British Psychological Society and BHIVA), risk behaviour (gym project) internet (MRC project Prof J Elford Prof G Hart)

Women and HIV - examining needs of women, pregnancy issues, HIV testing in pregnancy

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate teaching of Psychology to Medical students

Post graduate PhD supervision
Input on various Master's degree courses

Academic Background
1989   Doctor of Philosophy University of Warwick
1986   Doctorate in Clinical Psychology London
1978   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Warwick
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