Valerie Shapiro, PhD
Co-Director, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare
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:
- Coalition-based community practice strategies, such as Communities That Care, intended to shape and sustain community-wide prevention efforts;
- 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:
- The strength-profiles of children from diverse backgrounds or in diverse circumstances
- The reliability and validity of strength-based assessment based upon information provided by caregivers under diverse circumstances
- Implementation of the PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) Social Emotional Learning curriculum