Dr. Shernoff earned her PhD in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to Rutgers, she was a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry (2006-2013) at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Shernoff has systematically advanced a program of research focused on: (1) examining models of training, support, and supervision to maximize teacher effectiveness and connectedness in high poverty schools, (2) leveraging technology to enhance teacher training and support, and (3) training the next generation of school psychologists to deliver evidence-based practices.
The overall goal of her work includes expanding mental health practice in schools to include supporting teacher effectiveness as a mechanism for promoting positive academic and behavioral outcomes for children living in poverty. Since 2009, Dr. Shernoff has secured continuous federal funding from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). This includes directing two IES-funded grants focused on developing and evaluating training and professional development for early career teachers working in high poverty schools. Since 2009, she has also received funding through the Brady Education Foundation with Dr. Linda Reddy.
Dr. Shernoff also serves on a standing review panel for the Institute of Education Sciences and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of School Psychology and School Psychology Review She has influenced the field through her work at the state and national level, including work with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Illinois State Office of Mental Health to develop training models to support teachers’ use of evidence-based practices.