Steven Shaw

Steven Shaw is associate professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University in Montreal. He earned a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Florida in 1991. At McGill University he is director of the Resilience, Paediatric Psychology and Neurogenetic Connections Lab and co-director of the McGill Developmental Research Lab. Shaw is currently the Graduate Programme Director of the School/Applied Child Psychology programme.

Before entering academia, he had 17 years of experience as a school psychologist in school, university, hospital, medical school, and independent practice. He served as lead psychologist, licensed school psychologist, and associate professor of paediatrics at The Children’s Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina and Medical University of South Carolina.  Shaw is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

In 2000, the South Carolina Association of School Psychologists recognised him for “Outstanding Contributions to Education” for his work on addressing over-representation of minority groups in special education, and development of teaching techniques for children with borderline intelligence. In 2010, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Faculty of Education at McGill University. In 2012 he received the president’s award from the National Association of School Psychologists for his innovative research-to-practice efforts.

His clinical and research interests include paediatric school psychology, improving education of children with rare genetic disorders and autism, and development of resilience skills in children at risk for academic failure. He has over 160 scholarly publications and presentations and has published four books. He is on the editorial board of several international scholarly journals and is editor ofSchool Psychology Forum.

For his current research, The Connections lab develops and evaluates innovative educational practices and the implementation of innovation in classrooms. The goal is to provide seamless research-to-practice content and processes for school psychologists and teachers. The current focus is the development, implementation, and evaluation of meta-academic interventions to improve school performance for students at risk for academic problems. Of special interest is the use of the Open Source Analogy Implementation Model. These skills include: executive functions, social skills, school adaptation, coping with medical issues, and coping with mental health issues. These interventions are being evaluated for students in primary, secondary, and adult education settings. Work related to the meta-academic model has been applied to children with medical issues, genetic disorders, borderline intelligence, learning disabilities, autism, and other high risk populations. These interventions have been applied in schools throughout Canada and the US. All interventions are free for users and available at Connectionslab/resources.

Shaw also writes the popular blog, How not to suck in grad school, which includes tips and ideas for succeeding in graduate school and academia. He is also active on Twitter.

Credits: McGill University

Published: 04 May 2015

Last update: 18 August 2016

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