Daniel S. Shaw, Ph.D.

  • Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology


  • Parents and Children Laboratory. Studies of parent-child interaction including both basic and intervention research on young children at risk for conduct problems and/or emotional problems.
  • Center for Parents and Children. Collaborating with community-based agencies serving young children and families to implement evidence-based interventions, such as the Family Check-Up and Video Interaction Project; facilitating Pitt faculty interested in testing their basic research with low-income community samples; facilitating Pitt faculty interested in developing preventive interventions and testing them with community samples. 

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Julia Feldman
  • Chardee Galan
  • Mary Gilliam
  • Kate Hails
  • Lindsay Taraban

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Virginia

Research Interests

Development and prevention of early child conduct and emotional problems, family-centered interventions for treating conduct problems in early childhood and adolescence, use of novel community platforms for implementing preventive interventions in early childhood, identification of gene x environment interactions in relation to brain function and child psychopathology.

Representative Publications

Shaw, D. S., & Taraban, L. E. (2017). New directions and challenges in preventing conduct problems in early childhood. Child Development Perspectives, 11, 85-89.

Sitnick, S. Shaw, D. S., Weaver, C., Shelleby, E. C., Choe, D. E., Reuben, J., Gilliam, M., Winslow, E. B., & Taraban, L. (2017). Early childhood predictors of extreme youth violence.Child Development, 88, 27-40.

Shaw, D. S., Sitnick, S., Brennan, L. M., Choe, D. E., Dishion, T. J., Wilson, M. N., & Gardner, F. (2016).  The long-term effectiveness of the Family Check-Up on school-age conduct problems: Moderation by neighborhood deprivation. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 1471-1487.

Shaw, D. S., & Shelleby, E. C. (2014). Early-onset conduct problems: Intersection of conduct problems and poverty. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 10, 503-528

Shaw, D. S. (2013). Future directions for research on the development and prevention of early conduct problems. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42, 418-428.

Shaw, D. S., Hyde, L. W., & Brennan, L. M. Early predictors of boys’ antisocial trajectories (2012). Development and Psychopathology, 24, 871-888.

Shaw, D. S., Dishion, T. J., Connell, A., Wilson, M. N., & Gardner, F. (2009). Improvements in maternal depression as a mediator of intervention effects on early child problem behavior. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 417-439.

Dishion, T. J., Shaw, D. S., Connell, A., Wilson, M. N., Gardner, F., & Weaver, C. (2008). The Family Check Up with high-risk families with toddlers: Outcomes on positive parenting and early problem behavior. Child Development, 79,1395-1414.

Shaw, D.S., Gilliom, M., Ingoldsby, E.M., & Nagin, D (2003). Trajectories leading to school-age conduct problems. Developmental Psychology, 39, 189-200.

Shaw, D.S., Bell, R.Q., & Gilliom, M. (2000). A truly early starter model of antisocial behavior revisited. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.

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