(PhD, Psychology, University of Arizona)
Dr. Cheri Shapiro, Research Associate Professor, joined the faculty of the Institute for Families in Society in 2011. Dr. Shapiro was trained as a clinical psychologist and has spent her career in direct service, state government, and university-based clinical practice and research settings. An accomplished researcher, the focus of her work has been the dissemination of evidence-based practice at the policy, system, community, and family level. She has the ability to interface with a variety of stakeholders at all levels. Dr. Shapiro is currently the Principal Investigator for the Family Networks Project, funded by the Quality Improvement Center for Early Childhood and designed to strengthen families of young children with disabilities through the use of evidence-based parenting interventions. She recently served as the Project Director for the U.S. Triple P Population Trial, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that examined the impact of broad-scale dissemination of evidence-based parenting interventions across multiple South Carolina counties. Her interests in evidence-based parenting interventions are expanding to include both psycho-social and physical health outcomes for youth.
In addition to her research in parenting, Dr. Shapiro has also worked to examine additional contextual influences on youth behavior including peer relationships and rates of recidivism in juvenile justice settings. Her motivation is to close the science-practice gap so as to improve the lives of children and families. Dr. Shapiro's work with the Institute is collaborative with Dr. Kathleen Hayes and is focused on developing the Institute's work with families and children.