Sherry Knapp-Brown, PhD, CAS, APA-CPP

Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist
University of Cincinnati, Assistant Professor of Clinical, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Dr. Knapp-Brown has 25 years of experience in behavioral health organizations and is a licensed Ph.D. psychologist with specialty certification and training in substance use disorders, co-occurring psychiatric disorders, mood disorders, dialectical behavior therapy CRAFT, problem gambling, and healthcare management. She is part of the Lindner Center of HOPE team which designed and is providing specialty treatment programming for persons with addictions and combined psychiatric and addictive disorders. With her specialized training and expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, she is a key member of the hospital’s DBT Team which offers individual and group programming using this highly effective treatment approach. Dr. Knapp-Brown has received intensive training in CRAFT, which helps families of persons with substance use disorders encourage their loved one to seek treatment and to improve life satisfaction for the family.  In addition, Dr. Knapp-Brown has received specialty training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia ( CBT-I). This highly effective approach is designed to treat insomnia by identifying and replacing thoughts and behaviors that cause or worsen sleep problems with habits that promote sound sleep without medication.

Prior to joining the Lindner Center of HOPE in 2008, Dr. Knapp-Brown provided psychological treatment and assessment services at hospitals, community behavioral health agencies, and a Veterans Administration medical center. She has also served in a leadership role directing clinical services within general and specialty hospitals as well as community based agencies. She previously directed both a state department and a county government agency charged with development, financing, and oversight of drug and alcohol treatment and prevention services.

Dr. Knapp-Brown is a published expert in her field and is very involved in professional activities. Her previous and current professional activities include serving on the Professional and Technical Advisory Committee for Behavioral Health of the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Ohio Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, Ohio Psychological Association Colleague Assistance Committee and an extensive list of others.

Dr. Knapp-Brown was a participant in Leadership Cincinnati through the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce. Her other recognitions include being named a Fellow for the American College of Healthcare Executives and for the Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management, and receiving the Harold Piepenbrink award from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare for her contributions to the behavioral healthcare field.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Psychotherapy for Adults and Adolescents 16+ years
  • Adult Life Transitions
  • Co-occurring Addiction and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Drug and Alcohol Use Disorders
  • Problem Gambling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)


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Sherry Knapp-Brown, PhD, CAS, APA-CPP


  • 1980 B.A. Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • 1982 M.A. Counseling Psychology, Southern Illinois University
  • 1985 Ph.D. Counseling Psychology; Minor: Administration of Health Services, Southern Illinois University
  • 2003 John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government, Harvard University


  • Veterans Administration Medical Center, Boston, MA

Licensure and Certification:

  • Psychologist License 5593, State of Ohio
  • National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • Certified Addictions Specialist, American Academy of Healthcare Providers in Addictive Disorders
  • Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders, American Psychological Association College of Professional Psychology
  • Certificate of Professional Qualification, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
  • Certified Behavioral Healthcare Executive, Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management/NCCBH
  • Certified Healthcare Executive, American College of Healthcare Executives