Dr. Daniel Shaw
4101 Sennott Square
(412) 624-1836
casey@pitt.edu

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, Ph.D.

4109 Sennott Square
(412) 624-1312
sls151@pitt.edu

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
Scheduling Coordinator
Nancy Hood, M.Ed.
4411 Sennott Square
(412) 624-6012
1-877-748-8666
hood@pitt.edu

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 Weaver, Ph.D.
4423 Sennott Square
(412)624-4020
cmw40@pitt.edu

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
4804 Sennott Square
(412) 624-9978
feo3@pitt.edu

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. 


Research Administrator

Jennifer Crossan
4105 Sennott Square
(412) 624-8993
jennifer.crossan@gmail.com

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. 


 


Lauretta Brennan

Lauretta Brennan is a graduate student in the University of Pittsburgh’s doctoral program in Clinical/Developmental Psychology. She joined the lab in 2008 as an examiner on the Early Steps and Early Steps Monitoring projects, and also participates in several observational coding teams. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a B.A. in the Biological Basis of Behavior and a B.A. in Psychology.  


Mary GIlliam

Mary Gilliam is a graduate student in the University of Pittsburgh’s doctoral program in Clinical-Developmental Psychology.  Mary is also a member of the Center for Neural Bases of Cognition (CNBC), a joint training program between Pitt and Carnegie Mellon for graduate students whose research interests lie at the interface of behavioral science and neuroscience.  Mary joined the PPCL in 2011, and works as an examiner on the Early Steps and Pitt Mother and Child Projects.  Mary graduated from Cornell University in 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology, and completed a two-year postbaccalaureate intramural research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Julia Reuben

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

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, Ph.D.

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.



Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin first joined the PPCL as an undergraduate directed research student in 2007, assisting on home visits and working in the office. She became a Research Assistant in 2009 and currently is an examiner for the Health Promotion, Early Steps, and Pitt Mother and Child Projects. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology.

Brittany Miller

Brittany Miller began working in the PPCL as a Directed Research student in July 2007 and currently serves as one of the lab's Research Assistants, working primarily on the Health Promotion and Early Steps projects.  She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a dual B.S. in Psychology and Business.

Emily Russell

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.

 


Affiliate Scientists

Rand Conger, University of California at Davis
Ron Dahl, University of Pittsburgh
Frances E. Gardner, University of Oxford
Thomas J. Dishion , University of Oregon
Erika Forbes, University of Pittsburgh
Xiaojia Ge, University of California at Davis
Miles Gillom, Duke University
Erin Ingoldsby, University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences
Eric Lacourse, University of Montreal
Leslie Leve, Oregon Social Learning Center
Kristin Moilanen, West Virginia University
Daniel Nagin, Carnegie Mellon University
Jenae Niederhiser, The Pennsylvania State University
Elizabeth Owens, University of California at Berkeley
John Reid, Oregon Social Learning Center
David Reiss, George Washington University
Laura Scaramella, University of New Orleans
Jennifer Silk, University of Pittsburgh
Christopher Trentacosta, Wayne State University
Joan Vondra, University of Pittsburgh
Melvin Wilson, University of Virginia
Emily Winslow, Arizona State University

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