Leader in Medicine

Daniel S. Shaw

PhD

The American Health Council has warmly welcomed Dr. Daniel Shaw as “Best in Medicine.” Drawing on over 30 years of experience within the sector, Dr. Shaw, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is highly regarded for his expertise in Developmental Psychopathology, Prevention Science and Interventional Research.

Dr. Shaw first became involved in the profession through his frustration of the treatment for violent 10-12 year olds. Focusing his studies on Parental Conflict and Childhood, Dr Shaw attained his BA from Oberlin College in 1980 and his PHD from the University of Virginia in 1988.

Currently, Dr. Shaw upholds the position position of Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and has served here for the past 28 years. His day to day responsibilities include duties as the Distinguished Professor of Psychology and research focused on toddlers/young children, alongside the development and prevention of early conduct problems.

The Pitt Parents and Children Laboratory (PPCL) is located within the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. The primary goal of the PPCL is to advance understanding of vulnerability and resilience among children at-risk for maladaptive psychosocial outcomes. Current projects include basic research on the development of both externalizing and internalizing child outcomes, and applied research studying the efficacy of interventions to prevent the development of problem behavior in early childhood and early adolescence. At a broader level, their research seeks to promote school readiness and mental health in children, by enriching their understanding of basic processes in early childhood that lead to maladaptive outcomes, and by developing new methods for preventing the onset and/or exacerbation of early problem behavior. The PPCL was established in 2000 within the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Led by Dr. Daniel Shaw, the PPCL is currently involved in three ongoing projects funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Major products and services provided include: Developmental Psychopathology, Development and Prevention of Child Conduct Problems, using novel platforms for testing and implementing the use of family-centered interventions during transition points of child development.

Reflecting on his career to date, Dr. Shaw attributes his success to his hard work and perseverance, and having a passion for the field. He is proud to have published over two hundred fifty peer reviewed articles and is the recipient of numerous awards including; a Robert B. Cairns Award for Contributions to Developmental Science, Carolina, a Friend of Early Career Preventionist Network Award – Society for Prevention Research, a Research Scientist Award (K2) – National Institute of Mental Health, a Senior Research Scientist Award (K5) – National Institute on Drug Abuse and a Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award, Division 7 (Developmental) – American Psychological Association.

Keen to share and further expand on his knowledge, Dr. Shaw is involved with the Consortium on Human Development at the University of North Carolina and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 53, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. In addition to memberships to the SRCD and ISRCAP, he is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and is on the Board of Directors for SPS.

Professional goals for the next five years include finding new platforms to test and implement the Family Check-Up and other family-based intervention programs in Pittsburgh, other regions of the state of Pennsylvania, the US, and internationally.

Outside of work, Dr. Shaw enjoys photography and music during his free time. He also contributes chartiably to Alleghany Intermediate Unit and Children’s Hospital, Head Start and Early Intervention WIC.

Director of the Center for Parents and Children and the Pitt Parents and Children Laboratory/Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh

  • The Pitt Parents and Children Laboratory (PPCL) is located within the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. The primary goal of the PPCL is to advance our understanding of vulnerability and resilience among children at-risk for maladaptive psychosocial outcomes.

Source: The Pitt Parents and Children Laboratory/ The University of Pittsburgh

Professional Awards and Honors

  • Robert B. Cairns Award for Contributions to Developmental Science, Carolina Consortium on Human Development, University of North Carolina, 2015
  • Friend of Early Career Preventionist Network Award, Society for Prevention Research (2011)
  • Research Scientist Award (K2), National Institute of Mental Health (1999-2009)
  • Senior Research Scientist Award (K5), National Institute on Drug Abuse (2009-2014)
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 53, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • Recipient, Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award, Division 7 (Developmental), American Psychological Association (1995)