Jeffrey F. Scherrer, Ph.D.

Jeffrey F. Scherrer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Research Division
Director, Research Division

Secondary Appointment: Saint Louis University Center for Outcomes Research
Adjunct Appointment: Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Publications, 2015-2017

Campus Contact Information
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine
1402 South Grand Boulevard
O'Donnell Hall, 2nd Floor
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: 314-977-8486

Undergraduate: B.A. Psychology, University of Missouri – St. Louis 1990
Graduate: M.A. Experimental Psychology, University of Missouri- St. Louis 1992
Graduate: Ph.D. Health Services Research, Epidemiology Concentration, Saint Louis University School of Public Health 2004

Research Interests
Health consequences of mental illness.  Prescription opioids, pain and Mental Health Outcomes research in large medical record databases.  Veteran health issues.

About Dr. Scherrer
Jeffrey F. Scherrer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.  Dr. Scherrer has over 20 years research experience beginning as a research assistant in psychobiology.  Dr. Scherrer first joined SLU in 1990 as a research assistant in the Department of Geriatric Medicine.  After moving to SLU’s School of Public Health he worked on behavior genetic studies of substance use disorder and psychiatric comorbidity.  He has used this approach to determine common genetic risk to chronic health conditions associated with mental illness. In 2004 he joined the faculty of Washington University Department of Psychiatry and in 2008, he began a joint appointment with the St. Louis VAMC after receiving a Career Development Award from the VA’s Health Services Research and Development program.  Dr. Scherrer’s research is best characterized by an overarching interest in comorbidity, mind-body relationships and care delivery models for comorbid physical and mental illness. His research methods focus on survey methodology, outcomes research in administrative medical record data and behavior genetic approaches in epidemiology.

  • He is currently focused on his NIH funded research to determine the association between chronic perscriptionopioid use and risk of depression, depression relapse and treatment resistant depression.
  • He is also directing a new NIH grant to study whether treatment of PTSD leads for improved health behaviors and reduced risk of metabolic and cardiovascular disease.
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