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Dr. Cheri Shapiro at the 2016 Helping Families Change Conference Scientific Retreat, Banff, Canada
Coordinating the 2016 Helping Families Change Conference Scientific Retreat, Banff, Canada

The Division of Children, Youth, and Families works to advance evidence-based practices and polices to enhance the lives of children, youth, and families, particularly among underserved populations. Strong relationships with a range of child and family serving agencies and organizations support efforts to educate, understand and improve behavioral health outcomes for children, youth, and their families.

Cheri Shapiro, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Families in Society at the University of South Carolina. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Arizona and is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years 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,  Director of the Psychological Services Center at SUNY Buffalo, and Director of Consultation and Evaluation Services for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Shapiro's research focuses on prevention of social, emotional, and behavioral problems in youth and implementation of evidence-based parenting interventions. She served as Project Director for the federally funded U.S. Triple P Population Trial and Principal Investigator for the Family Networks Project, a child maltreatment prevention initiative funded by the national Quality Improvement Center for Early Childhood. Current projects include examining the impact of incarceration on families, risk factors for recidivism in juvenile and adult criminal justice populations, and family-centered services in juvenile justice settings.


Dr. Shapiro serves as Director of the South Carolina Center of Excellence in Evidence-Based Intervention, initially established in January of 2016 through support of the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care and the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Currently independently supported by a range of projects, the mission of the Center is to support South Carolina agencies and organizations in the selection and implementation of evidence-based interventions to promote youth and family well-being and to address challenges related to social, emotional, and behavioral problems in children, youth, and families


Please check back for more details to come as we announce a new project "Engaging and Training WIth Compassion" in collaboration with the SC Department of Mental Health and the SC Resilient Schools Initiative!

More to come soon!


Kilburn, J.  & Shapiro, C.J. (April, 2018). The Structure and Function of Social Networks of Mothers of Young Children with Disabilities.  Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/0271121418767306

Shapiro, C. (2018). Centers of Excellence: An Opportunity for Academic Training in Social Work. Journal of Social Work Education. 54:sup1, S65-S75, DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2018.1434439

DeHart, D., Shapiro, C, & Clone, S. (2018). “The pill line is longer than the chow line:” Impact of incarceration on prisoners and their families. The Prison Journal, 98(2), 188-212.  DOI: 10.177/0032885517753159

Kilburn, J. & Shapiro, C, & Hardin, J.W. (2017). Linking Implementation of Evidence-Based Parenting Programs to Outcomes in Early Intervention. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 70, 50-58.

Shapiro, C., & DeHart, D. (2017). Understanding families impacted by incarceration: Use of a unique data source (Research Note). Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services. 98(2), 97-101; DOI: 10.1606/1044-3894.2017.98.14

DeHart, D., & Shapiro, C. (2016). Integrated administrative data & criminal justice research. American Journal of Criminal Justice. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12103-016-9355-5

Shapiro, C., Malone, P.S., Gavazzi, S. (2016). Modifying a Risk Assessment Instrument for Youthful Offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. DOI: 10.1177/0306624X16656931

Prinz, R.J., Sanders, M.R., Shapiro, C.J., Whitaker, D.J. & Lutzker, J.R. (2016).
Addendum to “Population-Based Prevention of Child Maltreatment: The U.S. Triple P System Population Trial”, Prevention Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11121-016-0631-x 

Lize, S.E., Andrews, A.B., Whitaker, M.P., Shapiro, C., Nelson, N. (2014). Exploring adaptation and fidelity in parenting program implementation:  Implications for practice with families. Journal of Family Strengths, 14,1,8 available: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol14/iss1/8/.

Shapiro, C., Kilburn, J., & Hardin, J. (2014). Prevention of Behavior Problems in a Selected Population: Stepping Stones Triple P for Parents of Young Children with Disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 2958-2975.

Shapiro, C., Prinz, R., & Sanders, M.R. (2014).  Sustaining Use of an Evidence-based Parenting Intervention: Practitioner Perspectives. Journal of Child and Family Studies. DOI 10.1007/s10826-014-9965-9.