Faculty and Staff
Kathleen Scharer, Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
College of Nursing
College of Nursing
Dr. Scharer received a PhD in Nursing Sciences at the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1996, an MS in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Boston University in Boston, MA in 1969, and an AS, BS in Nursing in 1967 from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. She has been certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing since 1982.
Dr. Scharer has been teaching primarily in the graduate programs in the past few years but has also taught undergraduate psychiatric mental health nursing in the past. Most recently Dr. Scharer has taught Qualitative Nursing and Scientific Knowledge in Nursing which is the final integration course for the PhD students, She has also taught the DNP students Nursing J819 which is Evidence and Nursing Practice. In this course students learn the mechanisms for Research Utilization and Evidence-Based Practice. In addition, Dr. Scharer has been actively involved in research mentorship with doctoral students in independent studies, research mentorship courses, PhD dissertation committees in Nursing and in Psychology, DNP Nursing Leadership Residency and DNP Utilization/ Evidence-Based Practice Projects.
Research (Concept Areas)
Parent stress and coping
Lifestyle concerns in middle school youth
LGBT hate crimes
Dr. Scharer’s research is focused on primary and tertiary prevention of mental health problems in Children, Adolescents and their families. She is also interested in using technology to deliver services to families who have limited access to care. Dr. Scharer completed a R01 funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research testing two tele-health methods of delivering social support to mothers of seriously mentally ill children. Currently she is working with Dr. Brad Smith form the School of Psychology examining the effectiveness of The Primary Care Triple P Parenting Program in helping overweight children. She is also co-investigator on Dr. Laura Hein’s grant to examine preferences of the LGBT population for engaging in support groups. Dr. Scharer has been conducting funded research since 1989.
Dr. Scharer’s dissemination activities have included book chapters, journal articles, poster presentations, paper presentations and seminars at local, regional, national and international events. In 2012 she presented a paper at the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses’ Annual Meeting. Dr. Scharer is most interested in ensuring that practicing nurses read her work and as a result has focused her writings in psychiatric nursing journals.
2011-2012 Past President, International Society of Psychiatric Nurses Foundation
2008-2011 President, International Society of Psychiatric Nurses Foundation
2007-2008 Secretary, International Society of Psychiatric Nurses Foundation
2005-2006 Vice President, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Xi Chapter
2004-2007 Member, Executive Committee, International Society of Psychiatric Nurses
2004-2007 Chair, Research Council, International Society of Psychiatric Nurses
2004-2005 Second Vice-President, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Xi Chapter
2002-2004 Member, Research Council, International Society of Psychiatric Nurses
1999-2003 Member, Research Committee, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Xi Chapter
1999-2000 Representative, Task Force on Updating the Statement and Standards of Psychiatric Nursing, International
Society of Psychiatric Nurses
1998 Member, Structure and Governance Task Force for the development of the Psychiatric Nursing Alliance,
Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses [formerly Advocates for Child & Psychiatric Nursing,
1998 Chair, Assembly on Practice, Illinois Nurses' Association
1997 - 1998 Vice President, Chicago Nurses' Association
1997 - 1998 President, University of Illinois College of Nursing Alumni
Dr. Scharer spent 29 years in clinical practice before becoming a full time academician. She served as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Rush Presbyterian St, Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Worked as a staff nurse and Nurse manager for the Chicago Visiting Nurse Association, Worked as a Clinical nurse Specialist in Child Psychiatry at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry and Care Manager at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Il.
Research Studies (Selected)
2011 USC Provost’s Office Clinical Incentive Award. Hein, L. (PI), Scharer, (Co-I).Support
Groups and the Sexual
Orientations - Together or Separate? The Consumer Perspective. Funded $14, 750.
2010 University of South Carolina Research Consortium on Children and Families:.
Scharer, K. (P.I.), Smith, B.H. (P.I.)
Comparing the Effectiveness of Level 3 versus Level 4 Teen Triple P Positive Parenting Program for Family Weight
Reduction. Submitted $19,998; Funded.
2010 University of S.C. Social Sciences grant Program: Smith, B.H. (PI), Scharer,
K. (Co-I.) Necessary Preparation for
Studies of the Triple-P Positive Parenting Program for Teens. Submitted $19,927. Funded.
2009 NINR: McKinnon, C.( PI) Scharer, K (Sponsor) Measurement model of active
participation among parents of mentally
ill child. F31 (not funded).
2009 NIMH: Intensive Outpatient Case Management For Children In Emotional Crisis.
Cathy Robey Williams, PI, Kathleen
Scharer, Co-PI (20%). R34. (not funded).
2009 Gerkensmeyer, J. (P.I.), K. Scharer (Consultant). Building Our Solutions and
Connections (BOSC): A Problem Solving
Intervention for Caregivers of Children with Mental Health Problems, (Scored but not funded; resubmitted in
November, 08). NIH: R21 NR0110593-01A2 Funded 2009.
2008 Duke Endowment: Poole, D. (P.I.), K. Scharer, Co-PI. Improving Case management
Services to Enhance Care. Sub-
Contract through the Greenville Hospital System application. Funded, $177,000.00 over three years.
2006 Research Consortium on Children and Families: The Mental Health and Behavioral
Consequences if Intimate
Partner Violence for Women and Children. Kaukinen, C. (P.I.), Glover, A. Co-PI, Scharer, K, Co-Investigator. Funded
2005 - Research Consortium on Children and Families: Dr. Mary Cox, P.I. Using Web-Based
Technology to Improve Mother-
2006 Child Communication about Sex. (Kathleen Scharer, Co-Investigator—5%). Funded, $1650.00 (intramural funding).
2004 - National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research; Social
Support for Mothers of Mentally Ill
2008 Children. Kathleen Scharer. Funded. $980,870. R01 NR008580-01A1.
Scharer, K. (2012). Individual and Family Therapies. (E. Yearwood, G. Pearson, & J. Newland, Eds.) Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing. (Peer reviewed). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, Chapter 16.
Hein, L.C. & Scharer, K. (2012). Who Cares If It Is a Hate Crime? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Hate Crimes—Mental Health Implications and Interventions. Perspectives in Psychiatric Nursing. Article first published online: 12 Sep 2012. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00354.x.
Berger, K & Scharer, K. (2012). Can anesthesia trigger delayed-onset PTSD in veterans? Perspectives in Psychiatric Nursing. 48: 170–175. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2011.00321.x.
Catledge, C. B., Scharer, K. & Fuller, S. (2012). Assessment and Identification of Deliberate Self-Harm in the Adolescents and Young Adults. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 8 (4): 299-305.
Tavakoli, A., Scharer, K., & Hussey, J. (2011). Comparison of Imputation Methods to Examine Mediator Effect for Social Support of Mothers of Mentally Ill Children. SAS ® Global Forum 2011 Conference Proceedings.
Register, M. E. & Scharer K. (2010). Connectedness in community dwelling older adults. Western Journal of Nursing Research.32, 462-479.
Cox, M. F., Scharer, K., Baliko, B. & Clark, A., (2010). Using focus groups to understand mother-child communication about sex. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 25, 187–193.
Scharer, K., Colon, E., Moneyham, L., Tavakoli, A., Hussey, J., & Shugart, M. (2009). Comparison of two types of social support for mothers of mentally ill children. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 22 (2), 86-98.
Boyd, M. R., Scharer, K., Baliko, B. (2009). Women’s Experiences As Survivors of Violence, Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 9(1). Retrieved from: http://www.resourcenter.net/images/SNRS/Files/SOJNR_articles2/Vol09Num01Art13.pdf.
Cox, M. F., Scharer, K., Baliko, B. & Clark, A., (Jan 2009). Development of a web-based program to Improve communication about sex. Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 27(1):18-25.
Flood, M., & Scharer, K. (2006). Creativity Enhancement: Possibilities for Successful Aging, Issues in Mental Health Nursing.27, 939-959.
Scharer, K. (2005). An Internet Discussion Board for Parents of Mentally Ill Young Children. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 18(1), 17-25.
Scharer, K. (2005). Internet Social Support for Parents: The State of Science. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 18(1), 26-35.
Bland, A., Williams, C. A., Scharer, K., & Manning, S. (2004). Emotion Processing in Borderline Personality Disorders, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 25, (7), 655-572.
Scharer, K., Jones, D.S. (2004). Child psychiatric hospitalization: The last resort. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 25, 79-101.