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Sherrie Wilcox - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Sherrie Wilcox Sherrie Wilcox

Adjunct Assistant Professor | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Sherrie Wilcox is an expert in sexual dysfunction and the military.


Sherrie L. Wilcox joined the faculty in 2012 after serving as a research consultant at the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families. She has been involved in military research for more than seven years and is an active certified health education specialist (CHES).

Currently, Wilcox is principal investigator on a study funded by the California Community Foundation that examines sexual functioning after experiencing physical and/or psychological injuries from combat. She is also leading a randomized trial funded by the Department of Defense that evaluates the effectiveness of online courses to improve knowledge, confidence and skills in behavioral health providers working with military populations. Recently, Wilcox has been involved in a study assessing challenges and strengths to reintegrating National Guard members after returning from a combat deployment. Her dissertation research examined the protective impact of distinct sources of social support among U.S. Marines.

Wilcox is also actively involved in service activities. She serves as a reviewer for a number of scientific journals, grants and programs, and is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and American Association of Suicidology. Wilcox is the co-chief editorial assistant of the APA’s Trauma Psychology News and is co-chair on an APA task force investigating the psychology of weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).

Education (3)

University of Maryland, Baltimore County: B.S. 2005

University of Delaware: M.S. 2008

University of Georgia: Ph.D. 2011

Areas of Expertise (4)

Trauma Psychology



Sexual Functioning After Combat

Industry Expertise (3)


Writing and Editing


Affiliations (2)

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Association of Suicidology


Media Appearances (3)

Defense Dept. 'Troop Support' Included $41M for Viagra Last Year

Newsmax  online


Sherrie Wilcox, a research assistant professor at the University of Southern California, told NBC News: "These problems are likely elevated in this young group of military personnel due to the compounding challenges that are unique to our military service members, including intense but essential training, relocations, deployment and combat exposure"...

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Erectile Dysfunction in Military Males Is Triple the Norm

Live Science  online


The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of sexual function problems in male military personnel, examine its effects on their quality of life and evaluate barriers for seeking treatment, said Sherrie L. Wilcox, research assistant professor at the University of Southern California's School of Social Work in Los Angeles, and one of the authors of the study.

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Erectile Dysfunction Rate in Young Troops is Way Above Average: Study

NBC News  online


For civilian guys in the same age range, the ED rate is 7 percent, said report co-author Sherrie Wilcox, a research assistant professor at the University of Southern California.

“It was somewhat surprising,” Wilcox said. “These problems are likely elevated in this young group of military personnel due to the compounding challenges that are unique to our military service members, including intense –- but essential –- training, relocations, deployment, (and) combat exposure ...

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Research Articles & Publications (6)

The Role of Service Member Mental Health and Marital Satisfaction in Postdeployment Family Reintegration Military Behavioral Science


The postdeployment period is critical for National Guard members readjusting to the family unit. This study sought to determine whether marital satisfaction protects against reintegration difficulties. Army National Guard members (N = 114) who recently returned from a 12-month deployment to Iraq completed mental health, marital satisfaction, and family reintegration assessments. Linear and ordinary least squares regression models were used. Although few service members reported symptoms of depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder exceeding clinical cutoff points, marital satisfaction significantly moderated the relationship between service member mental health and family reintegration. These findings highlight the potentially protective role of satisfying and supportive marital relationships. Results have implications for the health of service members and well-being of military families after a combat deployment.

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The Influence of Social Support on Dyadic Functioning and Mental Health Among Military Personnel During Postdeployment Reintegration Public Health Reports


Although many service members successfully cope with exposure to stress and traumatic experiences, others have symptoms of depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety; contextual factors may account for the variability in outcomes from these experiences. This work sought to understand mechanisms through which social support influences the mental health of service members and whether dyadic functioning mediates this relationship.

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A Scope of the Problem: Post-deployment Reintegration Challenges in a National Guard Unit WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation


More Reserve and Guard members have been activated in the past few years than in any other time in history. In addition to the high rates of psychological and behavioral challenges among military personnel, there are other equally important post-deployment reintegration challenges. Post-deployment reintegration challenges are particularly important to Reserve and Guard members, who transition rapidly from civilian-military-civilian.

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Civilian Unemployment and Mental Health: The Moderating Impact of Alcohol Misuse in Returning National Guard Military Medicine


Postdeployment civilian unemployment has become a common problem and source of additional stress for National Guard (NG) personnel. This study evaluated 126 California NG members, exploring the relationship between immediate postdeployment employment status and self-reported mental health symptoms, including evidence of alcohol misuse. Participants were recruited from a NG unit within the first 3 months after returning home in August 2011. Over one-third of participants reported being unemployed beyond the part-time NG commitment. Mental health symptoms were greater in those participants without civilian employment. Additionally, those participants with comorbid alcohol misuse with either depression or post-traumatic stress disorder were significantly more likely to lack civilian employment. Interaction testing revealed a significant interaction between employment status and alcohol misuse for both depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Alcohol use was concluded to moderate the relationship between civilian unemployment and mental health symptoms. Results suggest that the part-time employment provided through NG service may serve as a protective factor in the development of negative psychological outcomes, except for cases where alcohol misuse is present.

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Sexual Functioning in Military Personnel: Preliminary Estimates and Predictors Journal of Sexual Medecine


Although the military is a young and vigorous force, service members and veterans may experience sexual functioning problems (SFPs) as a result of military service. Sexual functioning can be impaired by physical, psychological, and social factors and can impact quality of life (QOL) and happiness.

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Critical Synthesis Package: Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence MedEdPORTAL


This Critical Synthesis Package contains (1) a Critical Analysis of the psychometric properties and applications to nicotine dependence for the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND); and (2) a copy of the FTND instrument and scoring key developed by Karl Fagerstrom, PhD. The Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND) is a brief, self-report measure that assesses intensity of physical dependence to nicotine. The total score ranges from 0 to 10 where 0-2 indicate very low dependence; 3-4 low dependence; 5 medium dependence; 6-7 high dependence; and 8-10 very high dependence. Higher scores indicate greater nicotine dependence. The FTND has multiple versions of varying psychometric qualities. The FTND is adequate reliability, but questionable validity. While this is a brief assessment, findings should be interpreted with caution, as individuals identified as nicotine dependent by the FTND are different from those identified as nicotine dependent by other tools.

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