Janet Shapiro completed her graduate education at the University of Michigan. She was awarded an MSW, an MA in developmental psychology, and a PhD. in social work and developmental psychology. Before coming to Bryn Mawr, she was an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh and worked with community-based agencies in the development and evaluation of programs for at-risk families. Shapiro’s work has focused on the translation of developmental theory to practice with young children and their families. Particular interests include early attachment disruption, exposure to trauma in early life, the neurobiology of trauma and adversity, and most recently, the experience of refugee parents in supporting resilience in their children. She teaches clinical social work, child and adolescent clinical social work, and a doctoral course in applied developmental theory and translational research. Shapiro is also the Director of the Center for Child and Family Wellbeing at the GSSWSR.
Research and Scholarly Interests: Early social and emotional developing; coping skills in infants and children, neurobiology of affect regulation, the impact of early adversity on later development, disruptions in parent-child relationships.
Substantive Specialization: Child and adolescent development, application of developmental theory to clinical practice.