Alissa Sherry

Alissa Sherry

Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education


Office & Hours

Office: Not assigned

Not assigned

(512) 475-7641

Courses of Instruction
EDP 381: Ethics and Counseling Practicum
EDP 381: Substance Abuse Counseling and Theories
EDP 381: Objective Assessment
EDP 381: Group Counseling&
EDP 381: Psychological Issues in Legal Contexts (Forensic Psychology)
EDP 381: Professional Issues in Counseling Psychology

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educational Psychology
1912 Speedway, Stop D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1289

Full Vita
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Please note that Dr. Sherry will not be accepting new students for the 2015-16 academic year.


I am currently interested in taking students who are interested in forensic psychology, legal and policy issues, and bias in the legal system. I work within a multicultural framework that incorporates race and gender. Those with statistical and/or measurement expertise are of particular interest. Please do not apply to work with me if your sole purpose is to become a practioner. If you are interested in a career as primarily a practitioner, please review our admission criteria for our Master's Program. 

I do not meet prospective students outside of the interview process because I believe it can create an unfair advantage. However, I can arrange a time to meet if you would otherwise be unable to attend the formal interview day for the Counseling Psychology program at UT. Please review the main Counseling Psychology website if you have questions about the program in general. If you have questions for me specifically, please feel free to send me an email.


2002 Postdoctoral Clinical-Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.

2001 Ph.D. in Psychology in the Counseling Psychology Program from the University of Southern Mississippi

2001  Predoctoral Intern, The University of Oregon Counseling and Testing Center Eugene, OR.

1996 M.A. in Psychology with concentrations in Clinical and Experimental Psychology from Austin Peay State University

1991 B.A. in Psychology from Auburn University

Representative Publications

Sherry, A., Adelman, A., Whilde, M., & Quick, D. (2010). Competing selves: Negotiating the intersection of spiritual and sexual identities. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41(2), 112-119.

Sherry, A. (2007). Internalized homophobia and adult attachment: Implications for clinical practice. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, and Training, 44, 219-225.

Sherry, A. (2007).  An attachment approach to the short-term treatment of a woman with borderline personality disorder and comorbid diagnoses. Clinical Case Studies, 6, 103-118.

Sherry, A., Lyddon, W. J., & Henson, R. (2007).  Adult attachment and developmental personality styles: An empirical study. Journal of Counseling and Development, 85, 337-348.

Lyddon, W., & Sherry, A. (2001). Developmental personality styles:  An attachment theory conceptualization of personality disorders.  Journal of Counseling and Development, 79, 405-414.

Recent Awards

  • “Most Outstanding Contribution Award for 2006” The Counseling Psychologist.
  • Sherry, A. (2006).  Discriminant analysis in counseling psychology research.  The Counseling Psychologist, 34, 661-683.

Current Research Projects and Grants

My research interests to date have comprised general areas of constructivist theory, including aspects of the cognitive construction of attachment and the role of identity in diverse populations. This has led to an appointment as Associate Director for the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies over the past 2 years. I have also published in the area of psychological assessment, mostly in an effort to stay current with my teaching expertise in assessment and forensic evaluation. Combining my interest in diversity identity and forensic evaluation, I have been working on a book project about two women who exposed a Federal Judge in Galveston for sexually harassing them. This led to an FBI investigation, Congressional hearings and his conviction on federal charges. He served 4 years in prison. The book project looks at these two women and the role of their personal histories in determining the path each took in dealing with the harassment and having the courage to come forward. From this story comes an interest in civic duty (both because these women were federal employees and the duty they felt to come forward and report their harassment) and an interest in political psychology. With the generous help of Sharon Jarvis from the Department of Communications, we are currently working on projects exploring the ways in which attachment predicts political affiliation and how this may or may not be mediated by news media consumption. We are ultimately interested in how this extends to voting and civic participation.

Research Interests and Expertise

Political and media psychology

Forensic psychology and assessment


*all through the lens of racial, cultural, and sexual diversity