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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
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
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, located in the College of Social Work. Shapiro is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

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; 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. Recent and current projects include directing the South Carolina Center of Excellence for Evidence-Based Intervention. She is also the principal investigator of the Engaging and Training with Compassion Project, which is designed to create supportive environments for youth in schools. Shapiro has published more than 35 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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