Sherri Bucher, PhD, MA

Sherri Bucher, PhD, MA

Phone: (317) 504-0141
Email: shbucher@iu.edu | shbucher1@gmail.com
Address: 699 Riley Hospital Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46202Save



Child/Developmental psychology, specialization in neuroscience; maternal-neonatal-child health.

Areas of Interest

Global health; medical/public health education in the resource-limited setting; maternal and newborn care; training birth attendants, safe delivery & neonatal resuscitation; prevention-of-mother-to-child transmission of HIV (pMTCT); safe water; monitoring/evaluation of public health programs; sub-Saharan Africa; developing world.

Sherri Bucher has a passion for research and providing education by which to improve maternal-newborn-child health in resource-poor settings, as well as a long-standing interest in international public health. Dr. Bucher is an investigator with the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Research, USAID-AMPATH, and Helping Babies Breathe (HBB). She is a certified international Master Trainer and Mentor for HBB on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Bucher has conducted research, training, and advocacy work in East Africa for initiatives related to neonatal resuscitation, safe drinking water, pMTCT, and maternal and newborn health. She is a member of the international working groups, and an Assistant Editor, for the AAP and WHO-supported simulation-based educational and training curricula, Essential Care for Every Baby and Special Care for the Small Baby. Dr. Bucher has lived abroad, including Kenya and Greece; currently, she works spends 2-3 months per year working in Africa.


1998 Ph. D, University of Connecticut
1994 M.A., University of Connecticut
1990 B.S., Eastern Illinois University

Honors & Awards

1996 Women in Neuroscience Travel Fellowship, Society for Neuroscience
1994 Sandra J. Weiner Outstanding Young Investigator Travel Award, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology
1990 Magna cum laude, Eastern Illinois University
1989-1990 Psi Chi Student of the Year, Eastern Illinios University
1989-1990 Honors Program Student of the Year, Eastern Illinios University
1989 Illinois State Honors Program Undergraduate Research Grant
1988 Donald A. Rothschild Scholorship, Eastern Illinois University. Awarded for future promis in the field of psychology


Research & Grants

During her training as a PhD-level research scientist, Dr. Bucher used the rat model to explore the neurodevelopmental and neurochemical impact of neuroleptics (e.g., haloperidol) and drugs of abuse (methamphetamine) on pregnant dams and their offspring.  While she enjoyed working with the rat model in the laboratory setting, Dr. Bucher simultaneously wished to engage in research with a more direct and immediate benefit to women and children. During her tenure with the Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Bucher has performed a variety of duties related to important issues in global maternal-neonatal-child health (MNCH) including: (1) prevention of mother-to-child transmission (pMTCT) of HIV; (2) neonatal resuscitation; (3) safe water; (4) pediatrics; (5) pregnancy and birth registry; (6) Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care; (7) health worker and traditional birth attendant training; (8) community sensitization. Dr. Bucher has served as PI/co-investigator on three funded initiatives related to neonatal resuscitation training in resource-limited settings using a recent global curriculum called Helping Babies Breathe (HBB). In addition to these research areas, Dr. Bucher also has a strong interest in developing feasible, sustainable, and affordable cell-phone based data collection applications to support MNCH initiatives, particularly Helping Babies Breathe. She has an interest in bundling successful, evidence-based, components for effective maternal and newborn care into integrated, efficacious packages that are feasible and sustainable for dissemination in the resource-challenged setting.  Dr. Bucher is a proponent of robust monitoring and evaluation efforts as crucial foundational elements by which to scaffold public health research and service delivery programs.

Current Grants

5U01HD058326 (Liechty, EA; Esamai, F), 05/01/2012 - 04/30/2013, NIH-NICHD, “Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research”.  Global, multi-site international consortium that conducts research trials using common protocols to assess the efficacy and feasibility of interventions to improve maternal-neonatal-child health outcomes in resource-limited settings.  Co-Investigator and study coordinator

Bucher, SL, PI.  01/01/2013 – 12/31/2013, Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine, “Using mobile phones to support neonatal resuscitation training in Africa”.  This project seeks to develop and pilot test in Kenya a mobile phone based system for collection of data related to Helping Babies Breathe neonatal resuscitation training and implementation.  Primary Investigator

KC 17150152 (Bucher, SL), 07/01/2013 – 06/30/2014, American Academy of Pediatrics,  “Helping Babies Survive—Essential Newborn Care in the First Day”:  Beta-testing and Educational Evaluation.  One of 2 global sites to receive funding to perform an educational evaluation of the Helping Babies Survive curriculum.  Primary Investigator


Representative PublicationsView All Publications

1. Gisore, P., Rono, B., Marete, I., Nekesa-Mangeni, J., Tenge, C., Shipala, E., Mabeya, H, Odhiambo, D, Otieno, K, Bucher, S., Makokha, C., Liechty, E., Esamai, F.  “Commonly cited incentives in the community implementation of the emergency maternal and newborn care study in western Kenya.  African Health Sciences, 2013, 13(2), pp. 461-468

2. Hoban, R., Bucher, S., Newman, I., Chen, M., Tesfaye, N., Spector, JM. “Helping Babies Breathe” training in sub-Saharan Africa: Educational impact and Learner impressions.  J. Trop. Pediatrics, 2013, 59(3), pp. 180-186.

3. Wools-Kaloustian, K., Eller, AG., Otieno-Nyunya, B., Akhaabi, P., Puri, R., Bucher, S., and Nyandiko, W.  Traditional birth attendants: A forgotten resource in HIV education and prevention. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Eastern and Central Africa, 2012, 24(1), pp. 11-17.

4. Garces, A., McClure, B., Chomba, E., Patel, A., Pasha, O., Tshefu, A., Esamai, F., Goudar, S., Lokangaka, A., Hambidge, M., Wright, L., Koso-Thomas, M., Bose, C., Carlo, W., Liechty, E., Hibberd, P., Bucher, S., Whitworth, R., Goldenberg, R.  Home Birth Attendants in low income countries: Who are they and what do they do? BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2012, 12:34 (14 May 2012).

5. Gisore, P., Shipala, E., Otieno, K., Rono, B., Marete, I., Tenge, C., Mabeya, H., Bucher, S., Moore, J., Liechty E., Esamai, F. Community based weighing of newborns and use of mobile phones by village elders in rural settings in Kenya: A decentralised approach to health care provision, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2012, 12:15 (19 March 2012).

6. Singhal, N., Lockyer, J., Fidler, H., Keenan, W., Little, G., Bucher, S., Qadir, M., Niermeyer, S. Helping Babies Breathe:  Global neonatal resuscitation program development and formative educational evaluation.  Resuscitation, 2012, Jan; 83(1), 90-96; Epub July 29, 2011.

7. Nyandiko, WM, Otieno-Nyunya, B., Musick, B., Bucher-Yiannoutsos, S., Akhaabi, P., Lane, K., Yiannoutsos, CT., Wools-Kaloustian, K.  Outcomes of HIV-exposed children in Western Kenya:  Efficacy of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission in a Resource-Constrained Setting, J. Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 2010, May 1, 54(1), 42-50.

8. Alonzo, TA, Nakas, CT, Yiannoutsos, CT and Bucher, S. A comparison of tests for restricted orderings in the three-class case, Statistics in Medicine, 2009, 28(7), pp. 1144-1158.

9. Salamone, J.D., Cousins, M.S. and Bucher, S. (1994)  Anhedonia or anergia?  Effects of haloperidol and nucleus accumbens dopamine depletion on instrumental response selection in a T-maze cost/benefit procedure.  Behavioral Brain Research, 1994, 65(2), pp. 221-229.