Sherry Ceperich, Ph.D.
Training and Development Coordinator,
High School Transitions Project
Sherry is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked as a researcher, clinician, trainer and administrator for over 25 years and at several Virginia universities and colleges. She is excited to return to her prevention and well-being promotion roots at the CSPCV and work at a more macro level to serve higher education in new ways.
Prior to this role, she worked at the University of Richmond’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) where she was instrumental in starting its graduate student training program and where she continues to work as a psychologist part time. Previously, she was the Wellness Center Director and College Psychologist at Hampden-Sydney College and started her career as a psychologist at Arizona State University’s counseling center. She also has worked with veterans and active-duty military service persons with polytrauma injuries and women who experienced military sexual trauma at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has been on the faculties of Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Virginia in primarily research roles conducting clinical intervention research, specifically the use of Motivational Interviewing for behavioral change. She has been a grantee and contractor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has presented research nationally and internationally.
She obtained her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Arizona State University and a master’s in educational psychology at the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society of Counseling Psychology, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and is a certified Koru (mindfulness meditation) teacher.
When not working, she enjoys spending time “sandwiched” with her parents, husband, two emerging adult children, and cat, as well as walking, dancing, reading, hiking, traveling, and volunteering with conservation organizations.