Dr. Sherelle Harmon is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Dr. Harmon earned her undergraduate degree in psychology, with a minor in black studies, from Swarthmore College, her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Florida State University. She joined the Harvard Youth Mental Health Lab after completing her predoctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Currently, Dr. Harmon serves as Project Co-Director of the CARES (Counseling for Academic Resilience in Every Student) Project.
Throughout her practica, Dr. Harmon gained substantial experience with evidence-based assessment and intervention for children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of treatment settings, including hospitals, community-based outpatient clinics, residential treatment centers, schools, and in-home. She has also received specialized training in various evidence-based interventions for youth, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), Motivational Interviewing, and the Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC).
Broadly, Dr. Harmon’s research focuses on understanding the development and maintenance of psychopathology in children with the goal of improving assessment and intervention practice. This interest stems from the frequent co-occurrence and shared symptomology of psychopathology in children. In an effort to advance the understanding of these transdiagnostic factors, much of her research has explored various mechanisms (e.g., rumination, executive functioning) and behavioral and social outcomes in children, with a particular focus on the regulation of emotion. In the future, Dr. Harmon hopes to examine mechanisms of change related to psychological interventions in youth.