A chance encounter at her alma mater led Sharon Berry, BS ’75, MS ’83, Ph.D. ’86, psychology, to get a new career through furthering her education.
Berry was visiting family in her hometown of Lamoure, North Dakota, in the summer of 1981. She was home from Nebraska where she was a substance abuse counselor. On her way through Fargo she visited with NDSU faculty and learned about the psychology department’s recently launched master’s program in psychological clinical science. Two months later she was back at NDSU taking classes and conducting research.
Berry specialized in pediatric psychology and began a 10-year stint at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago before becoming director of training and psychological services site lead at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She’s been there for 19 years.
Berry is board certified in clinical child/adolescent psychology. She works with children, adolescents and their families. She generally works with chronic illness and mental health populations, such as those with anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, feeding problems, diabetes, asthma, wheelchair scoliosis and cystic fibrosis.
“The master’s program at NDSU was truly the best training, mentoring and supervision I received,” Berry said. “The program was so phenomenal. I believe that even more today.”
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