Dr Sheri Gerson

  • Research Associate (Affiliate) (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)

Biography

Sheri Mila Gerson joined the University of Glasgow End of Life Studies Group in 2018 as a Research Associate to work on the Wellcome Trust Global Interventions at End of Life project. She holds a PhD from Lancaster University with a thesis focused on issues of suicide and assisted dying. Her research explored hospice professionals’ experiences with patients who died by suicide or hastened death in a US state that allows physician assisted dying.

Raised in Chicago, she received a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago and has over 30 years of experience as a clinical social worker in both urban and rural settings in the United States, including work in homelessness, community health, domestic violence, child and family therapy, and hospice. She has lectured in social work, cross-cultural themes in death and dying, and ethics at end of life. She has supervised clinical social workers, and served on ethics panels and advisory bodies related to end of life issues. She has been a community educator and facilitator of advanced care planning, conversations on death and dying, and cultural traditions and customs related to after-death care of the body.


Research interests

  • Palliative and end of life care for persons of all ages
  • Ethics in palliative and end of life care
  • Assisted dying
  • End of life care policy
  • Clinical issues in suicide assessment and treatment in hospice and palliative care
  • Global inequities in end of life care
  • Care of the body and cultural rituals after death
  • Qualitative methodologies