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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
Dr. Cheri Shapiro

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 Interim 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, established in January of 2016 and supported by the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care and the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 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 behavioral health problems and substance use.


Shapiro, C., & DeHart, D. (in press). Understanding families of inmates: Using a unique data source. Families in Society.

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. (in press). “Modifying a Risk Assessment Instrument for Youthful Offenders”. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

DeHart, D., Shapiro, C, & Clone, S. (in press). “The pill line is longer than the chow line:” Impact of incarceration on prisoners and their families. The Prison Journal.

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 

Shapiro, C.J. & Harper Browne, C. (Eds.). (2016). Innovative Approaches to Supporting Families of Young Children. Switzerland: Springer.

Shapiro, C.J. (2016). Parent and Community Focused Approaches to Supporting Parents of Young Children: The Family Networks Project. In Shapiro, C.J. & Harper Browne, C. (Eds.). Innovative Approaches to Supporting Families of Young Children(pp. 25-42). Switzerland: Springer.

Harper Browne, C. & Shapiro, C.J. (2016). Building Young Children’s Social-Emotional Competence at Home and in Early Care and Education Settings. In Shapiro, C.J. & Harper Browne, C. (Eds.). Innovative Approaches to Supporting Families of Young Children(pp. 87-105). Switzerland: Springer.

Kilburn, J.E. & Shapiro, C.J. (2015). Modification of the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (PCAN) Curriculum for IDEA Part C Providers. Zero to Three, 36(1), 57-63.

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. (2014). "Interventions to Build Protective Factors in Early Intervention: Rationale and Approach", Zero to Three, 35, 1, 19-26.

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. Available Online: DOI 10.1007/s10826-014-9965-9.

Shapiro, C. (2013). Behavioral kernels and brief interventions: Teaching parents effective behavior management strategies. Invited Commentary, North Carolina Medical Journal, 74(1), 57-59.

Shapiro, C., Prinz, R., & Sanders, M.R. (2012). Facilitators and Barriers to Implementation of an Evidence-Based Parenting Intervention to Prevent Child Maltreatment: The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program. Child Maltreatment,17,1, 86-95.

Shapiro, C., Smith, B., & Tankersley, M. (2010). Taking a Public Health Approach to School-Based Parenting Interventions: The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 3,4, 63-74.

Shapiro, C., Prinz, R., & Sanders, M. (2010). Population-based provider engagement in delivery of evidence-based parenting interventions: Challenges and solutions. Journal of Primary Prevention, 31, 4, 223-234.

Shapiro, C., Smith, B., Malone, P., & Collaro, A. (2010). Natural Experiment in Deviant Peer Exposure and Youth Recidivism. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39(2), 242-251.

Sanders, M., Prinz, R., Shapiro, C. (2009). Predicting uptake and utilization of evidence-based parenting interventions with organizational, service-provider, and client variables. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 36, 133-143.

Prinz, R., Sanders, M., Shapiro, C., Whitaker, D., & Lutzker, J. (2009). Population-based prevention of child maltreatment: The U.S. Triple P System Population Trial. Prevention Science, 10, 1-12.