LeeAnne B. Sherwin, PhD, MS, FNP-BC


Assistant Professor

E-mail: sherwinl@missouri.edu
Phone: 573.882.0295

S430 Sinclair School of Nursing
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Nursing Specialty

Gastroenterology, Family Nurse Practitioner

Interest Area(s)

Enhance patient outcomes by identifying complex symptoms and symptom clusters, investigating bio-behavioral markers and initiating interventions that will improve health and symptom outcomes in chronic gastrointestinal conditions across the lifespan


  • Clinical and Translational Postdoctoral Fellow, Biobehavioral Branch, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.
  • PhD, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore.
  • MS FNP, Georgetown University, Washington DC
  • BSN, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn.

Area of Doctoral Study

Examined the impact illness perceptions and catastrophizing coping style had on quality of life in adults with irritable bowel syndrome.

Area of Post-doctoral Study

Dr. Sherwin was the first Clinical and Translational Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Institute of Nursing Research at National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Her project focused on mechanisms involved in symptom distress related to digestive disorders with a specific focus on bio-behavioral determinants that impact patients’ symptom severity.

Program of Research

Dr. Sherwin conducts clinical research focused on symptom science and the improvement of health and symptom-related outcomes in those who suffer from chronic gastrointestinal disorders across the lifespan.

Bio and Professional Experience

Dr. LeeAnne Sherwin’s professional nursing career has spanned about three decades. Her early career experience included Med/Surg floor nursing, emergency room, recovery room, outpatient day surgery and endoscopy. She also has experience with management in a small community hospital and specialized as an ostomy nurse and diabetic nurse educator.

Dr. Sherwin spent more than 10 years working as a nurse in a hospital. She then embraced the challenges of an advanced nursing degree and became a Family Nurse Practitioner with a focus in gastrointestinal disorders. During LeeAnne’s time working in a private practice in New Haven, Connecticut, she became the Assistant Director of the Liver Center and the lead facilitator of a Hepatitis C Support group. Dr. Sherwin also was an investigator at the Medical Research Center of Connecticut where her love of research was sparked.

After eight years of private advanced practice, she once again embraced the challenges of an advanced nursing degree and successfully completed her PhD. To hone her research and management skills even further, she completed her Clinical and Translational Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Serwin’s current research focus is on evaluation and management of symptoms in order to reduce their impact on health and well-being.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • N3270 – Foundations for Nursing: Physical Assessment and the Nursing Process
  • N7110 – Advanced Nursing Role Acquisition

Selected Grants and Awards

  • Intramural Research Training Award, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health
  • Small Project Funding, Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut Dissertation
  • Research Grant, Grand Teton Gastroenterology Dissertation
  • Dean’s Dissertation Award, Oregon Health & Science University

Selected Publications

  • Henderson WA, Rahim-Williams B, Sherwin LB, Kim KH, Martino AM, Abey SK. Fourie N, Peace RM, Abey SK, Fourie NH, Heitkemper MM, Zuccolotto AP. The Gastrointestinal Pain Pointer (GIPP): An Innovative Method to Assess Gastrointestinal Symptoms. Gastroenterology Nursing, [Accepted May 5, 2015]
  • Del Valle-Pinero AY, Sherwin LB, Anderson EM, Caudle RM & Henderson WA, (2015). Altered Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP) Expression in Both Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Rats with Trinitrobenzene Sulfonic Acid (TNBS) Induced Colitis. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 21(1), 155-163.
  • Fourie N, Peace R, Abey S, Sherwin LB, Rahim-Williams B, Smyser P, Wiley J, & Henderson W, (2014). Elevated miR-150 and miR-342-3p in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Experimental & Molecular Pathology, 96, 422-425.

Student Mentoring Projects

  • 2015 Social and behavioral determinants of quality of life in individuals with chronic abdominal pain
  • 2005-2010 Nurse Practitioner Clinical Site Mentor


  • Sherwin LB, (2015). Factors that Influence Symptom Severity in Gastrointestinal Disorders. University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • Sherwin LB, (2015). Psychosocial Influences of Gastrointestinal Disorders. University of Virginia-Charlottesville. Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Sherwin LB, Fourie, NH, Abey, SK, Rahim-Williams, Smyser, PA, Wu, X, Sun, D, Henderson, WA. (2014). Lysozyme, Microbial Translocation and Symptom Severity in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Sherwin, LB, (2014). Illness Representations as Predictors of Pain in Adults with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The 9th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Research. Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Sherwin, LB, (2013). Coping Mediates Personal Control & Quality of Life Relationship in Adults with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Sherwin, L, (2013). Health-care providers be aware, our patients’ perceptions really matter. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
  • Sherwin, L. The importance of nursing research. University of Missouri. Columbia, Missouri.
  • Sherwin L, (2013). Illness Representation, Catastrophizing and Health-related Quality of Life in Adults with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon.
  • Sherwin, L. (2013). Mis-match of symptoms in adults with irritable bowel syndrome. Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho.
  • Sherwin, L. (2012). Irritable Bowel Syndrome: an update on current and ongoing research. Idaho Mid-level Provider Association, Southeast Chapter, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
  • Sherwin, L. (2011). How do disease perceptions influence health-related quality of life in those who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Idaho State University Research Week Symposium, Pocatello, Idaho.
  • Sherwin, L. (2007). Medications used for gastrointestinal disorders. Eastern Idaho Technical College, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
  • Sherwin, L. (2006). Barrett’s esophagus: What do we need to know? Intermountain Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
  • Sherwin, L. (2004). Colon cancer screening, is it my time? The Annual health Education Forum, Idaho National Lab, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
  • Sherwin, L. (2001). Health maintenance of your colon. Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center, Wallingford, Connecticut.
  • Sherwin, L. (2001). An update on current colon cancer screening guidelines. State of Connecticut Society of Medical Assistants, Hamden, Connecticut.
  • Sherwin, L. (2001). Current cleaning guidelines for in-office flexible sigmoidoscopy. Internal Medicine of Milford, Milford, Connecticut.

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 National Institutes of Health Summer Research Mentor Award, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2009 Educator Award, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon