Dr. Daniel Shaw
Dr. Daniel Shaw is the Director of the Pitt Parents and Children Laboratory. He also serves as Professor and Chair of 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 Development, Developmental Psychology, Development 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.
Pitt Mother and Child Project
Stephanie Sitnick is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the PPCL where she also serves as the Project Director of the Pitt Mother and Child Project. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development from University of California Davis in 2010. Her research focuses on the effects of parenting on the development of health-risk behaviors in children and adolescents and the mediating factors in these relationships. Additionally, she is interested in the development of aggression and longitudinal data analyses.
Pitt Mother and Child Project
Nancy Hood’s primary responsibility is to schedule subjects for the Pitt Mother and Child Project, Early Steps Project, and Health Promotion Project. She concentrated on religious studies at Washington University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and physiology with highest honors and a master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Early Steps Project
Chelsea M. Weaver is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the PPCL where she also serves as the Multisite Assessment Coordinator and Project Director of the Pittsburgh site of the Early Steps Project. Dr. Weaver received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. Her research focuses on the effects of early parenting and violence exposure on the development of conduct problems among children and adolescents, as well as on the risk and protective factors that serve to mitigate or exacerbate these relationships. She is also interested in the development and implementation of intervention programs designed to prevent the manifestation of children’s antisocial behaviors.
Health Promotion Project
Flannery O’Rourke first worked for the PPCL in 2000 as a camp counselor for the Pitt Mother and Child Project. In 2004, she became a Research Assistant before taking on her current role as the coordinator for the Health Promotion Project. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Psychology.
Jennifer Crossan has worked in the PPCL since 2004, starting as a Research Assistant before becoming the Data Manager for the Early Steps Project. Currently she serves as the lab’s Research Administrator, handling the day-to-day operations of the lab. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Psychology.
Julia Reuben is a graduate student in the Joint Program in Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2011 she joined the lab and serves as an examiner on the Early Steps and Pitt Mother and Child projects. She graduated from Columbia University in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology.
Elizabeth Shelleby is a graduate student in the University of Pittsburgh’s joint doctoral program in Clinical and Developmental Psychology. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. She joined the lab in 2008 and has worked as an examiner on the Early Steps and Pitt Mother and Child projects.
Anne Gill is the Clinical Supervisor for the Early Steps Project, an intervention study examining the effectiveness of the Family Check-Up model for high risk families and children. Anne provides clinical services to at-risk families in addition to coordinating treatment services and protocols, and providing supervision, training, and mentoring of clinicians using the Family Check-Up Model. She has published in a peer-reviewed journal and was the primary author of “The Family Check-Up in Early Childhood: A Case Study of Intervention Process and Change” published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Anne received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003.
Emily Russell has worked in the PPCL since 2008 as a Research Assistant. Emily has worked on several studies since she began working in the lab, including the Early Steps and Early Steps Monitoring projects, and the Health Promotion project. In addition, she has recently become more involved in coordinating aspects of the age 20-24 follow-up of the Pitt Mother & Child project. Emily graduated from the University of Pittsburgh 2007 with a B.S. in Psychology.
Rand Conger, University of California at Davis