Dr. Cheri Shapiro – Director

cherishapiro1Dr. Cheri Shapiro is a Research Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Institute for Families in Society in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina (USC).  She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at USC.

Dr. Shapiro completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Arizona and is a licensed psychologist with more than 25 years 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, and Director of Consultation and Evaluation Services for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.  She teaches at the graduate level in both Social Work and Psychology.

Dr. Shapiro’s research focuses on prevention of social, emotional, and behavioral problems in youth and implementation of evidence-based parenting interventions.  She served as Project Director for the federally funded U.S. Triple P System Population Trial, a place-based randomized child maltreatment prevention study that involved implementing the Triple P system of interventions across multiple counties in South Carolina. She was the Principal Investigator for the Family Networks Project, a child maltreatment prevention initiative funded by the national Quality Improvement Center for Early Childhood.  She is Co-Principal Investigator on a federally funded study designed to examine the impact of incarceration on families, and is working to support family-centered services in juvenile justice settings.   She has presented at national and international conferences, and has published numerous articles and book chapters.