Steven R. Shaw

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)


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Associate Professor - School/Applied Child Psychology, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)


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EDPC 670 Current Trends in Counselling
EDPC 682D1 Practicum:Psychological Test
EDPC 682D2 Practicum:Psychological Test
EDPE 605 Research Methods
EDPE 609 Selected Topics in Ed Psych
EDPI 309 Exceptional Students

PhD University of Florida
MEd University of Florida
BSc University of Florida, Psychology

Curriculum vitae

Teaching Interests

1) Psychological assessment of children and adolescents. 2) Behaviour management of children and adolescents with diverse educational needs. 3) Crisis management in the schools. 4) Professional school psychology. 5) Research methodology

Resilience, Pediatric Psychology, and Neurogenetic Connections Lab

The objective of this lab is to investigate the nexus of education, genetics, and mental health in children with developmental disabilities. We currently have three major projects: 1) The development of language, gestures, emotional regulation and mental health of children with autism and genetic disorders. 2) Improving the educational and social outcomes of children with chronic illness. 3) Improving educational, mental health, and employment outcomes of children at high risk of school dropout and academic failure. This project also involves significant international collaboration with collaborators in the US, Poland, Australia, England, and Spain. The Connections Lab currently has 13 graduate students and 26 undergraduate research assistants.

School and Applied Child Psychology

Steven Shaw is associate professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University in Montreal. He earned a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Florida in 1991. At McGill University he is director of the Resilience, Pediatric Psychology and Neurogenetic Connections Lab and co-director of the McGill Developmental Research Lab. 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 and associate professor of pediatrics at The Children's Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina and Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Shaw is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. In 2000, the South Carolina Association of School Psychologists recognized 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 pediatric 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 of School Psychology Forum. Dr. Shaw is on sabbatical leave for the 2012-2013 academic year.