Richard Sherman



Richard Sherman

Faculty, Specialization Coordinator

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Richard A. Sherman received his doctorate in psychobiology from New York University in 1973. He has accrued over forty years of experience teaching and performing research and clinical work in behavioral medicine and related fields.

Dr. Sherman has given courses at virtually all levels of adult education including numerous undergraduate, medical resident, and graduate school courses as well as continuing education courses for clinical professionals in distance based formats. Current courses include psychophysiology of pain, biological basis of behavior, general biofeedback, and impact of hormones & perception on behavior.

Dr. Sherman is best known for his work elucidating mechanisms and treatments for phantom limb pain, temporal relationships between changes in muscle tension and pain, and environmental studies on mechanisms of and behavioral treatments for urinary incontinence. This work has resulted in over 130 articles and several books for both professionals and patients. His research has been supported by numerous private foundations, for-profit organizations, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Sherman has been president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback twice, has been on the Association's board of directors three times, has chaired its research and program committees, and is currently its membership chair.

He is currently chair of the Department of Psychophysiology at Saybrook University.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
PhD New York University, New York, NY 1973
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
past president Association for Applied Psychophysiology
director Behavioral Medicine R&T Foundation
member International Association for the Study of Pain
Community Involvement
Role Organization
board member Blue Mountain Road Association
President Congregation Olympic Shalom
Media Exposure

See CV

Question and Answer
Describe your teaching philosophy or your approach to working with students.

Masters level graduate students are fellow professionals and should be treated as such.

People need to learn by thinking rather than having material pushed into them. Don't water down the science!

People need to learn by thinking rather than having material pushed into them.

Don't water down the science!

Don't water down the science!

Curriculum Vitae
Title Location Date
hundreds - see CV

pain mechanisms

headache mechanisms

phanotm pain mechanisms

ambulatory recording


Professional Skills
psychophysiology, pain mechanisms, teaching people to think, "make it simple but not too simple" by A. Einstein no watered down science here