Associate Professor

Office: 541-737-1361

Reed Lodge

Reed Lodge 231

2950 SW Jefferson Way

2950 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Professional Affiliations: 

APA, Divisions 35, 20

The Gerontological Society of America (Fellow, 2017)



1990 BA in Psychology and Women's Studies, Pomona College, Claremont, CA.

1994 MA in Developmental Psychology, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1997 Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Additional Information: 

Dr. Sherman's lab is actively recruiting RAs and honors students from any major and with any level of experience.

Students do not need to be able to attend in-person meetings in Corvallis.

Please email Dr. Sherman for more information.

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Selected Publications

Sherman A. M., Allemand, H., & Prickett, S. (in press). Hypersexualization and sexualization in advertisements for Halloween costumes. Sex Roles. 

Daniels, E. A. & Sherman, A. M. (2015). Model vs. military pilot: A mixed methods study of adolescents’ attitudes toward women in varied occupations. Journal of Adolescent Research, 31, 176-201. doi: 10.1177/0743558415587025

Sherman A. M. & Zurbriggen, E. L. (2014). “Boys can do anything:” Effect of Barbie play on girls’ career cognitions. Sex Roles, 70, 195-208. doi: 10.1007/s11199-014-0347-y

Sherman, A. M., & Cotter, K. A. (2013). Direct and mediated patterns of control beliefs, optimism, and pessimism to well-being in older adults with Osteoarthritis. Aging and Mental Health, 17, 595-608.

Cotter, K. A., & Sherman, A. M. (2012). Exercising control: The longitudinal influence of exercise self-efficacy on perceived constraints in older adults with Osteoarthritis. The Gerontologist. doi:10.1093/geront/gns143

Sherman, A. M., Skrzypek, A., Bell, R. A., Tatum, C., & Paskett, E. D. (2011).The contribution of social support and social strain to depressive symptoms in African American, Native American, and European American women. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28, 1104-1129.

Zurbriggen, E. L., & Sherman, A. M. (2010). Race and gender in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election: A content analysis of political cartoons. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 10, 223-247.

Luger, T. M., Cotter, K. A., & Sherman, A. M. (2009). It’s all in how you view it: Pessimism, social relations, and life satisfaction in older adults. Aging & Mental Health, 13, 635–647.

 Paskett, E. D., Alfano, C. M., Davidson, M. A., Andersen, B. L., Naughton, M. J., Sherman, A. M., McDonald, P., & Hays, J. (2008). Breast cancer survivors’ Health-related Quality of Life: Racial differences and comparisons to non-cancer controls. Cancer, 11, 3222-3230.

Cotter, K. A., & Sherman, A. M. (2008).  Love hurts: The influence of social relations on exercise self-efficacy for older adults with Osteoarthritis. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 16, 465-483.

Zurbriggen, E. L. & Sherman, A. M. (2007). Reconsidering sex and gender: Two steps forward, one step back. Feminism & Psychology, 17, 475-480.

Ferreira, V. M. & Sherman, A. M. (2007).The relationship of optimism, pain and social support to well-being in older adults with Osteoarthritis. Aging and Mental Health, 11, 89-98.

 Sherman, A. M., Shumaker, S. A., Rejeski, W. J., Morgan, T., & Ettinger, W. (2006). Social support, social integration, and Health-Related Quality of Life over time: Results from the Fitness and Arthritis in Seniors (FAST) trial. Psychology and Health, 21, 463-480.

Sherman, A. M. Lansford, J. E., & Volling, B. L. (2006). Sibling relationships and best friendships in young adulthood: Warmth, conflict, and well-being. Personal Relationships, 13, 151-165.

Ferreira, V. M. & Sherman, A. M. (2006).Understanding associations of control beliefs, social relations, and well-being in older adults with Osteoarthritis. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 62, 255-274.

Sherman, A. M., Kancler, C., Shumaker, S. A., Sharp, P., Reboussin, D. M., Walkup, M., & Herrington, D. M. (2003).No effect of HRT on health-related quality of life in post-menopausal women with heart disease. Minerva gynecologica, 55, 511-517

Sherman, A. M., Shumaker, S. A., Kancler, C., Zheng, B., Reboussin, D., Legault, C., & Herrington, D. M. (2003). Baseline health-related quality of life in postmenopausal women with coronary heart disease: The Estrogen Replacement and Atherosclerosis Trial (ERA). Journal of Women’s Health and Gender Based Medicine, 12, 351-362.

Sherman, A. M. (2003). Social relations and depressive symptoms in older adults with Osteoarthritis. Social Science and Medicine, 56, 247-257.

Affiliated with: 
Sch of Psychological Science
Courses Taught: 

PSY 301 Research Methods

PSY 350 Lifespan Development

PSY 426 Psychology of Gender

PSY 498 Health Psychology

Research/Career Interests: 


Dr. Sherman received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan 1997, with an emphasis on lifespan development. She completed three years of postdoctoral work at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in the Public Health Sciences Department, studying Gerontology and Women's Health.  Before joining OSU, she worked at Brandeis University in the Psychology Department.

Dr. Sherman is currently accepting applications for potential Ph.D. students who share research interests. Dr. Sherman's webpage is

 Research Interests

        Sexualization and well-being for children and adults

       Socialization patterns in childhood, including gender stereotyping

       Sexist ideologies and well-being outcomes