Jeffrey F. Scherrer, PhD - Director of Research

Director, Associate Professor, Research Division
Secondary Appointment: Saint Louis University Center for Outcomes Research Adjunct Appointment: Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Jeffrey F. Scherrer, Ph.D.
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                                Email:                          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. Outcomes following prescription opioid use. Large medical record databases.  Veteran health issues. Mental health care in primary care settings, suicide prevention.

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.  In 2014, He received an NIH grant to study the association between chronic opioid use and risk of new onset mood disorder. In the same year, he received a Discovery Award from St. Louis County Children's Service Fund.  For this project he partnered with CHADS Coalition in St. Louis to develop and evaluate a novel training program for primary care residents designed to improve suicide detection and prevent suicide in primary care. 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 have covered a wide range of approaches from survey methodology, outcomes research in administrative medical record data to behavior genetic approaches in epidemiology.

Dr. Scherrer serves on the Institutional Review Board at Saint Louis University and is on the Family Practice editorial board.

When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Leslie, and their three children, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

2015 Publications

Scherrer JF, Xian H, Slutske WS, Eisen SA, Potenza MN. Associations between obsessive-compulsive classes and pathological gambling in a national cohort of male twins. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72: 342-349, PMID: 25671842

Devkota B, Ansstas M, Scherrer JF, Salas J, Budhathki C. Medicine resident training and provision of diabetes quality of care indicators. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 2015;39:133-137. PMID: 25499028

Brieler JA, Scherrer JF, Salas J. Differences in prescribing patterns for anxiety and depression between general internal medicine and family medicine. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2015; 172:153-158

Schoen, MW, Salas J, Scherrer JF, Buckhold FR. Cholesterol treatment and changes in guidelines in an academic medical practice. American Journal of Medicine 2015; 128:403-409  PMID: 25460526

Scherrer JF, Salas J, Lustman PJ, Burge S, Schneider FD, for the Residency Research Network of Texas Investigators.  Change in opioid dose and change in depression in a longitudinal primary care patient cohort. Pain. 2015; 156:348-355 PMID: 25599457100.

Hooks-Anderson, DR, Crannage EF, Salas, J, Scherrer JF. Race and Referral to Diabetes Education in Primary Care Patients with Prediabetes and Diabetes. The Diabetes Educator. 2015; 41;281-289 PMID: 25724969

Scherrer JF, Salas J, Brieler, JA, Miller BJ, Meyer D, Schneider F.D. Depression leads to incident vascular disease: Evidence for the relevance to primary care. Family Practice. 2015; 32:147-151 PMID: 25667165

Gebauer S, Scherrer JF, Salas J, Burge S, Schneider F.D. Residency Research Network of Texas Investigators. Disability and disability benefit seeking in chronic low back pain. Occupational Medicine. 2015;65:309-316 PMID: 25754977

Grant JD, Waldron M, Sartor CE, Scherrer JF, Duncan AE, McCutcheon VV, Haber JR, Jacob T, Heath AC, Bucholz KK. Parental separation and offspring alcohol involvement: Findings from offspring of alcoholic and drug dependent twin fathers. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. In Press PMID: 26058573

Devkota B, Salas, J, Sayavong S, Scherrer JF. Use of an online patient portal and glucose control in primary care patients with diabetes. Population Health Management. In Press

Saltzman AF, Luo S, Scherrer JF, Carson KD, Grubb RL 3rd, Hudson MA. Earlier prostate-specific antigen testing in African American men-Clinical support for the recommendation. Urol Oncol 2015; 33:330.e9-330.e17. PMID: 25937424

Scherrer JF, Salas J, Copeland LA, Stock EM, Ahmedani BK, Sullivan M, Burroughs T, Schneider FD, Bucholz KK, Lustman PJ. Prescription opioid duration, not dose, is associated with increased risk of depression in three large patient populations. Annals of Family Medicine.  In Press

Schoen MW, Tabak RG, Salas J, Scherrer JF, Buckhold FR. Comparison of adherence to guideline-based cholesterol treatment goals in men versus women. American Journal of  Cardiology.  In Press

108. Salas J, Scherrer JF, Lustman PJ, Schneider FD. Racial differences in the assocation between non-medical prescription opioid use, abuse/dependence and major depression.

      Substance Abuse. In Press

Scherrer JF, Salas J, Copeland LA, Stock EM, Schneider FD, Sullivan M, Bucholz KK, Burroughs T, Lustman PJ. Increased risk of depression recurrence after initiation of prescription opioids in non-cancer pain patients.  Journal of Pain. In Press