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.

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Selected Publications

*denotes current or former students as co-authors

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. Published online April 12, 2012.

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.

Lynch, S. M. (2011). Restoring relationships: Group interventions for survivors of sexual traumas. In T. Bryant-Davis (Ed) Surviving Sexual Violence: A Guide to Recovery and Empowerment. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

DeHart, D. D & Lynch, S. M. (2012). Victimization and Offending. In C. Renzetti, S. Miller & A. Gover (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Gender and Crime Studies. New York: Routledge Publishing.

*Heath, N. M., Lynch, S. M., *Fritch, A.M., *McArthur, L.N. & *Smith, S.L. (2011). Silent survivors: Rape myth acceptance in incarcerated women's narratives of disclosure and reporting of rape. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35, 596-610.