Karen J. Sherman, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and clinical trialist. Her research interests include:
She has led or participated in groundbreaking studies of various non-pharmacological therapies for chronic low back pain, including acupuncture, massage, meditation, and yoga.
Dr. Sherman has collaborated with investigators at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) and elsewhere across a range of disciplines, including clinical trials of CIH therapies for cancer, mood disorders, and menopause. Her work on building the evidence base for contextual factors related to care tries to find ways to bring greater healing into the primary care encounter. Dr. Sherman hopes her work will encourage more focus on the intricate connections between mind and body—and on helping patients seize the power of this connection to pursue better health and healing at all phases of life, including older age. Her work is rigorous, designed to answer practical questions, and intended to have impacts on the whole person.
Dr. Sherman is a senior scientific investigator at KPWHRI and an affiliate professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health. Her doctorate is in behavioral biology from Cornell University, and her MPH is in epidemiology from the UW. She has served as a reviewer for dozens of medical journals and granting institutions, and has sat on editorial boards for numerous CIH journals.
Utilization; role of complementary and alternative medicine in health care; acupuncture; massage; meditation; tai chi; yoga; fibromyalgia; menopause; back pain; neck pain; anxiety disorders
Chronic back pain; diabetes care; self-management
Alternative therapies for anxiety disorders
Alternative therapies for menopause
Communication; patient expectations; patient education
Daling JR, Sherman KJ. Vagina and vulva. In: Schottenfeld D, Fraumeni J (eds): Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, Second Edition 1997.
Sherman KJ, Daling JR, McKnight B, Chu J. Hormonal factors in vulvar cancer. A case-control study. J Reprod Med. 1994;39(11):857-61. PubMed
Bairati I, Sherman KJ, McKnight B, Habel LA, Van den Eeden SK, Stergachis A, Daling JR. Diet and genital warts: a case-control study. Sex Transm Dis. 1994;21(3):149-54. PubMed
Maden C, Sherman KJ, Beckmann AM, Hislop TG, Teh CZ, Ashley RL, Daling JR. History of circumcision, medical conditions, and sexual activity and risk of penile cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1993;85(1):19-24. PubMed
Maden C, Beckmann AM, Thomas DB, McKnight B, Sherman KJ, Ashley RL, Corey L, Daling JR. Human papillomaviruses, herpes simplex viruses, and the risk of oral cancer in men. Am J Epidemiol. 1992;135(10):1093-102. PubMed
Mandelson MT, Jenison SA, Sherman KJ, Valentine JM, McKnight B, Daling JR, Galloway DA. The association of human papillomavirus antibodies with cervical cancer risk. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 1992;1(4):281-6. PubMed
Daling JR, Sherman KJ, Hislop TG, Maden C, Mandelson MT, Beckmann AM, Weiss NS. Cigarette smoking and the risk of anogenital cancer. Am J Epidemiol. 1992;135(2):180-9. PubMed
Daling JR, Madeleine MM, Sherman KJ, Beckmann AM, Hislop TG. Anogenital tumors associated with human papillomavirus. In: Fortner JG, Rhoads: Accomplishments in Cancer Research 1992. JP Lippincott Co, 1993:280-7.
Daling JR, Sherman KJ. Relation between human papillomavirus infection and tumors of the anogenital sites other than the cervix. In: Munoz N, Bosch FX: Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on HPV and cervical cancer. IARC 1992:223-41.
Beckmann AM, Sherman KJ, Saran L, Weiss NS. Genital-type human papillomavirus infection is not associated with surface epithelial ovarian carcinoma. Gynecol Oncol. 1991;43(3):247-51. PubMed
Health care is increasingly online—KPWHRI is studying telehealth options for opioid use disorder and chronic pain.
The latest on our research on chronic pain and opioids—and how the results influence health policy and clinical practice.
Drs. DeBar, Bradley, and Sherman lead projects in initiative to tackle opioid crisis.
Risk-reduction initiative for chronic opioid therapy sustains patient-doctor trust, Dr. Karen Sherman finds.
AARP, Feb. 6, 2020