Shannon Lynch, Ph.D.
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.
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.
*denotes current or former students as co-authors
Lynch, S. M., DeHart, D., Belknap, J., Green, B., Dass-Brailsford, P., *Johnson, K.J. & Wong, M.M. (2017). An examination of the associations among victimization, mental health, and offending in women. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 44, 796-814. doi: 10.1177/0093854817704452
Lynch, S. M. & *Health, N. M. (2017). Predictors of incarcerated women’s post-release depression, PTSD, and substance use problems: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 56, 157-172. doi: 10.1080/10509674.2017.1290007.
*DeCou, C. R., *Cole, T. T., Lynch, S. M., Wong, M. M., & *Matthews, K. C. (2017). Assault-related shame mediates the association between negative social reactions to disclosure of sexual assault and psychological distress among female undergraduates. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 9(2), 166-172. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000186
*DeCou, C. Lynch, S. M., Dehart, D. D. & Belknap. (2016) Evaluating the association between childhood sexual abuse and attempted suicide across the lifespan: Findings from a nationwide study of women in jail. Psychological Services, 13(3), 254-260. doi: 10.1037/ser000009.
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/appi.ps.201300172.
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.