Sharon Lamb, Ed.D.
Sharon Lamb, Ed.D., is Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at UMass Boston where she is also Chair of the department. An experienced clinician, she sees children, adolescents, adults, and couples at her therapy office in Shelburne, Vermont and trains students at UMass Boston during their internship year. Sharon also does forensic evaluations in the state of Vermont as an expert in the best interests of the child, sexual abuse, harassment, and attachment.
Sharon has written, edited, and co-authored 8 books and won two awards: the Books for a Better Life Award, for Packaging Girlhood, and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research’s book award for Sex, Therapy, and Kids. She is a co-author of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force Report on the Sexualization of Girls and speaks to journalists, parents, educators, and girls and boys about sexualization and the media and marketers’ packaging of girlhood and boyhood. In 2009 she published with Lyn Mikel Brown and Mark Tappan the sequel to Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes, called Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes. Her most recent book is Sex Ed for Caring Schools: Creating an Ethics-Based Curriculum, published by Teachers College Press. Her Sexual Ethics Curriculum is available online and for use in schools at www.sexandethics.org. Recently awarded a Spencer Grant for The New Civics initiative, she will be exploring the conversations of high schoolers in her sexual ethics course, in order to understand how teens can take a more social perspective with regard to sex in society.
Sharon is married to pianist Paul Orgel, has two sons, and lives in Shelburne, Vermont.