Lindsay Sheehan is an Assistant Professor and core faculty member of the Division of Counseling and Rehabilitation Science in the Department of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the Illinois. Sheehan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Illinois Tech and directs the Chicago Health Disparities Center (CHDC). She has received several funded awards through Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for community-based participatory research on health disparities. Dr. Sheehan has over 10 years of experience working in community mental health care, including provision of counseling, case management, residential support, and vocational training services.


Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology
M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology
B.A., Augustana College

Research Interests

Community-based participatory research

Disclosure of suicidal thoughts and behaviors

Stigma related to mental illness, suicidality, and suicide loss

Ethnic health disparities and disability-related health disparities

Peer services in behavioral health

Supported education and supported employment for people with mental illness


Sheehan, L., Oexle,N.,Armas, S. A., Wan, H. T.,Bushman, M., Glover, L., Lewy, S., & Laique, A. (2021).  The context of disclosing suicidality: An exploration with suicide attempt survivors.  Journal of Counseling and Development.

Feigelman, W., Cerel, J., Sheehan, L., & Oexle, N. (2021).  Using multiple regression analyses to uncover patterns of correlates of grief problems, depression and suicidal ideation among suicide bereaved individuals.  OMEGA- Journal of Death and Dying.

Sheehan, L., Ballentine, S., Washington, L, Canser, M., Connor, J., Jones, R., Laster, E., Muhammed, K., Noble, S., Smith, R., Walley, G., Kundert, C., & Corrigan, P. W. (2021). Implementing community-based participatory research among African Americans with serious and persistent mental illness: A qualitative study.  Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, 14(1), 1-19.

Nieweglowski, N. & Sheehan, L. (2021). Peer support specialists and people with mental illness: Navigating COVID-19 experiences.  The Journal of Rehabilitation, 87(1), 55-63.

Corrigan, P. W., Sheehan, L., Nieweglowski, K., Qin, S., Walley, G. Winbush, K. & the CBPR team (2020). Availing reasonable accommodations for college students with psychiatric disabilities. Rehabilitation, Research, Policy and Education, 34(4), 275-283.

Sheehan, L.,Oexle, N., Armas, S. A., Wan, H. T., Bushman, M., Glover, L., & Lewy, S. (2019). Benefits and risks of suicide disclosure. Social Science and Medicine, 16-23. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.01.023

Sayer, J., Paniagua, D., Ballentine, S., Sheehan, L., Carson, M., Nieweglowski, K., & Corrigan, P. (2019). Perspectives on diet and physical activity among urban African Americans with serious mental illness. Social Work and Health Care. doi:10.1080/00981389.2019.1587662

Oexle, N., Feigelman, W., & Sheehan, L. (2019). Perceived stigma, secrecy about suicide loss and mental health outcomes. Death Studies. Advanced online:

Sheehan, L., Oexle, N., Dubke, R., Wan, H. T., & Corrigan, P. W. (2018). The self-stigma of suicide attempt survivors. Archives of Suicide.Advanced online:

Corrigan, P., Sheehan, L., Morris, S., Larson, J. E., Torres, A., Lara, J. L., Paniagua, D., Mayes, J. & Doig, S. (2017). The impact of a peer navigator program in addressing the health needs of Latinos with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Services,69(4), 456-461.doi:10.1176/

Sheehan, L., Torres, A., Lara, J. L., Paniagua, D., Larson J. E., Mayes, J., Doig, S….Corrigan, P. W. (2018). Qualitative evaluation of a peer navigator program for Latinos with serious mental illness. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 45(3), 495-504.doi:10.1007/s10488-017-0839-5

Sheehan, L., Corrigan, P. W., Al-Khouja, M., Lewy, S., Major, D., Mead, J., Redmon, M., Rubey, C. T., & Weber, S. (2018). Behind closed doors: The stigma of suicide loss survivors. Omega Journal of Death and Dying, 77(4), 330-349. doi:0.1177/0030222816674215

Nieweglowski, K. & Sheehan, L. (2017). Relationship depth and associative stigma of disability. Disability Studies Quarterly, 37(3), 1.

Sheehan, L. Dubke, R. & Corrigan, P. W. (2017). The specificity of suicide stigma. Psychiatry Research, 256, 40-45. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2017.06.015

Corrigan, P. W., Sheehan, L., Al-Khouja, M., & the Stigma of Suicide Research Team. (2017). Making sense of the public stigma of suicide: Factor analyses of its stereotypes, prejudices, and discriminations. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 38, 351-359. doi:10.1027/0227-5910/a000456

Sheehan, L., Corrigan, P. W., Al-Khouja, M.,&the Stigma of Suicide Research Team. (2017). Stakeholder perspectives on the stigma of suicide attempt survivors. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. 38(2), 73-81. doi:10.1027/0227-5910/a000413

Sheehan, L. & Lewicki, T. (2016). Collaborative documentation in mental health: Trends and opportunities for rehabilitation counseling. Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education,30(3), 305-320.

Sheehan, L., Fominaya, A., Bink, A., Kraus, D., Schmidt, A. & Corrigan, P. W. (2016). Stigma by any other name. Psychiatric Services, 67(12), 1373-1375.

Sheehan, L.,Nieweglowski, K., & Corrigan, P. W. (2016). The stigma of personality disorders. Current Psychiatry Reports, 18(1), 1-7.

Larson, J. E., Sheehan, L. Ryan, C, Lemp, S. & Drandorff, L. (2014). Practitioner perspectives on Individual Placement and Support (IPS) for individuals with serious mental illness. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 41(3), 225-235.


Book Chapters 

Sheehan L., Palermo C.V., & Corrigan P.W. (2021) Changing the stigma of health conditions. In: Crawford P., Kadetz P. (Eds). Palgrave encyclopedia of the health humanities. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Sheehan, L., Kundert, C. & Larson, J. E. (2021).  Health navigators to address wellness for people with serious mental illness.  In P. Corrigan & S. Ballentine (Eds.).  Health and wellness in people living with serious mental illness.  American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

Sheehan, L., Nieweglowski, K. & Sun, Y. (2021).  Research considerations and community-based participatory research.  In P. Corrigan & S. Ballentine (Eds.).  Health and wellness in people living with serious mental illness.  American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

Sheehan, L. & Corrigan, P. W. (2020).  Stigma of disease and its impact on health.  In C. S. Richards & L. M. Cohen (Eds.).  The Wiley encyclopedia of health psychology.