Department of Psychology

Shannon Lynch, Ph.D.

Shannon Lynch, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor, Clinical Psychology


B.A. (1992), Tufts University;
M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (1999), University of Michigan;
Postdoctoral Fellow (1999-2001), Victims of Violence Program, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School.

Research Interests

My research interests focus broadly on violence against women in general, and more specifically, on trauma survivors' use of resources to cope with and to recover from traumatic events. Currently, my research team is conducting a series of projects examining incarcerated women's trauma exposure, mental health, treatment/programming needs, and factors influencing current functioning as well as reintegration into the community post-release from prison.

Clinical interests are in trauma treatment, families, and general individual and group treatment.

Breif Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

*denotes current or former students as co-authors

*DeCou, C., Lynch, S.M, *Cole, T. & *Hill, S. (in press) Coping self-efficacy moderates the association between severity of partner violence and PTSD symptoms among incarcerated women. Journal of Traumatic Stress. October 2014. Revised and resubmitted January 2015. Accepted April 2015.

*Decou, C., *Cole, T., *Rowland, S., *Hill, S. & Lynch, S.M. (2015). An ecological process model of female sexual offending: The role of victimization, psychological distress, and life stressors. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 27 (3), 302-323. DOI: 10.1177/1079063214556359.

Lynch, S., DeHart, D., Belknap, J., Green, B., Dass-Brailsford, P., *Johnson, K.J. & *Whaley, E. (2014). A multi-site study of the prevalence of serious mental illness, PTSD, and substance use disorders in women in jail. Psychiatric Services, 65(5), 670-674. DOI: 10.1176/

DeHart, D., Lynch, S., Belknap, J., Dass-Brailsford, P., & Green, B. (2014). Life-history models of female offending: The role of serious mental illness and trauma in women’s pathways to jail. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38(1),138-151. DOI 0.1177/0361684313494357.

*Heath, N. M., Lynch, S. M., *Fritch, A. M., & Wong, M. M.  (2013). Rape myth acceptance impacts the reporting of rape to the police: A study of incarcerated women. Violence Against Women, 19, 1065-1078.

*Johnson, K. A. & Lynch, S. M. (2013) Predictors of maladaptive coping in incarcerated women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Family Violence, 8(1), 43-52.

Lynch, S. M., *Fritch, A. M. & *Heath, N. M. (2012) Looking beneath the surface: The nature of incarcerated women’s experiences of interpersonal violence, mental health, and treatment needs. Feminist Criminology, 7(4), 381-400.

Lynch, S. M., *Heath, N. M., *Matthews, K. C., & *Cepeda, G. J. (2012). Seeking Safety: An intervention for trauma exposed incarcerated women? Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 13, 1-14.