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College of Social Work

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Cheri Shapiro, Ph.D.

Title: Director, Institute for Families in Society
Research Associate Professor
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-8760
Office: Institute for Families in Society
1600 Hampton St., Fifth Floor
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Resources: Curriculum Vitae

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Cheri Shapiro

Research Expertise

  • Clinical Child Psychology
  • Evidence-based Interventions
  • Behavioral Family Interventions
  • Implementation
  • Program Evaluation


Cheri Shapiro, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Families in Society, a translational research center affiliated with the College of Social Work.  Dr. Shapiro is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Child and Family Studies, an international journal focusing on the well-being of children, youth, and families. 

A licensed psychologist, Shapiro completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arizona and has more than two decades of experience in clinical, administrative, and research settings. Past positions include project director for the Pittsburgh site of the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA Study); Director of the Psychological Services Center at SUNY Buffalo; Director of Consultation and Evaluation services for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice; Project Director for the U.S. Triple P System Population Trial; and Principal Investigator of the Family Networks Project, part of the national Quality Improvement Center for Early Childhood.  

 Shapiro's research focuses on prevention of social, emotional, and behavioral problems in youth and implementation of evidence-based interventions in community settings. Taking a translational research perspective, Dr. Shapiro’s recent and current projects have supported training of professionals in mental health and school settings in implementation of evidence-based parent/child/family interventions and examining the outcomes of those efforts. In addition, Dr. Shapiro and her team engage in program evaluation projects, primarily in the early childhood service sector.   Dr. Shapiro has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in psychology and social work

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