Our Team

Dr. Michelle Sherman – PhD, LP, ABPP

Training Faculty

Dr. Sherman is a member of our training faculty at Lorenz Clinic. She provides psychotherapy to adults in individual, couples, and group settings, and enjoys working with a variety of trainees. She approaches the psychotherapy process in a collaborative and empowering manner, helping clients draw upon their strengths to make positive changes to improve their quality of life. Dr. Sherman strives to offer a safe and nonjudgmental environment, to tailor research-based interventions to the client’s specific situation, and to instill hope. She works with adults facing a wide variety of life experiences and challenges; populations of special interest include military/veteran personnel and their families, healthcare professionals, theater professionals, and families who have a loved one living with mental illness or trauma/PTSD. Dr. Sherman’s clinical expertise and interests include interpersonal psychotherapy, behavioral activation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy for couples, and psychoeducation.

Dr. Sherman earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and then completed an internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She next served as the Director of the Family Mental Health Program at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center for 17 years and was a Professor at the University of Oklahoma in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In that role, she provided couples therapy, developed and evaluated family interventions for mental illness and trauma/PTSD, supervised trainees from a variety of disciplines, and performed research as part of the South Central Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Core (MIRECC).

Looking to return to her home state of Minnesota, she joined the faculty of the medical school at the University of Minnesota. She served as the Director of Behavioral Health at the North Memorial Family Medicine Residency program and as a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. In this role, she provided short-term psychotherapy, worked alongside an interdisciplinary team in providing integrated care to an under-served population, taught and supervised family medicine residents and psychology postdoctoral fellows, developed curriculum regarding health behavior change, and collaborated with colleagues on numerous research projects.

Dr. Sherman is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and is Board Certified in Couple and Family Psychology. She is also the Editor in Chief of the APA Division 43 (Society of Couple and Family Psychology) journal, Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. She currently serves on the Board of the Academy of Couple and Family Psychology.

She has published over 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has received over $3.2 million in grant funding, and has given several hundred workshops nationally and internationally. In her personal life, she also writes books for teens whose parent has a mental illness or trauma/PTSD.

  • Education
  • PhD - University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MA - University of Missouri-Columbia
  • BA - University of Notre Dame
  • Licensure
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Affiliations
  • Minnesota Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
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