Dr. Sheera Lerman is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in Rehabilitation Psychology. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is the director of the Burn Psychology Service at the Johns Hopkins Adult Burn Center. Dr. Lerman earned her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Neuropsychology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. She completed a 2 year clinical fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology and a 2 year research fellowship focusing on pain and Behavioral Sleep Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Lerman started her position as a burn psychologist in 2019 and works with burn survivors in the continuum of care from their inpatient admission to the outpatient setting. She is passionate about helping patients alleviate their physical and emotional suffering through psychotherapy and mindfulness based strategies. Through her clinical work, she assist patients in coping with trauma, anxiety, changes to their appearance and function, grief and loss. She also specializes in teaching patients non-pharmacological pain management strategies to assist with acute and chronic pain and in the treatment of sleep disorders such as insomnia and nightmares. Through evidence-based interventions, combining cognitive-behavioral and motivational approaches, she strives to help individuals during their rehabilitation process and assist them to better manage their medical condition and its effects on their lives. Dr. Lerman's research focuses on factors contributing to adjustment to burn injuries and other chronic medical conditions as well as understanding the complex relationship between pain and sleep in a variety of medical conditions.