Daniel Shaw, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel Shaw is the Director of the Pitt Parents and Children Laboratory. He also serves as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, with joint appointments in the School of Medicine and Center for Social and Urban Research. Since receiving his Ph.D. in child clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Virginia in 1988, his primary interest has involved tracing the early developmental precursors of early problem behavior among at-risk children.  He currently leads or co-directs five NIH-funded, longitudinal studies investigating the early antecedents and prevention of childhood conduct problems and substance use, which form the core of the PPCL. His most recent work applies an ecologically- and developmentally-informed intervention for low-income toddlers at risk for early conduct problems. For his conceptual and empirical work on the development of young children’s conduct problems, he was awarded the Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award by APA’s Division of Developmental Psychology in 1995. Dr. Shaw also is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and APA’s Division 53 on Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology (2005). He has held a Research Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health or National Institute on Drug Abuse since 1999, is Associate Editor of the journal, Development and Psychopathology, has served on several editorial review boards of journals (e.g., Child DevelopmentDevelopmental PsychologyDevelopment and Psychopathology, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology), and has been a member of several expert panels convened by NIH and HHS. Dr. Shaw has published extensively on risk factors associated with the development and prevention of conduct problems in from early childhood through adolescence.