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Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare: Valerie Shapiro

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Dr. Valerie Shapiro

Valerie Shapiro, PhD
Co-Director, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare

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Dr. Valerie Shapiro studies the prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems in children and youth. Specifically, Dr. Shapiro studies the ways in which communities select, implement, monitor, and sustain evidence-based prevention practices.

To this end, Dr. Shapiro studies:

  1. Coalition-based community practice strategies, such as Communities That Care, intended to shape and sustain community-wide prevention efforts;
  2. The strength-based assessment of social emotional competence in children intended to monitor the growth of protective factors in response to preventive interventions within youth-serving organizations.

Dr. Shapiro currently seeks research practicum students interested in studying:

  1. The strength-profiles of children from diverse backgrounds or in diverse circumstances
  2. The reliability and validity of strength-based assessment based upon information provided by caregivers under diverse circumstances
  3. Implementation of the PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) Social Emotional Learning curriculum

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