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Dr. Shaw's CV

Steven Shaw is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University in Montreal. He is the Interim Graduate Program Director of the Counselling Psychology Program.

He earned a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Florida in 1991. Before entering academia in 2005, he had 17 years of experience as a school psychologist in school, university, hospital, medical school, and independent practice. From 1997 to 2004, 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 a fair number of scholarly publications and presentations and has published four books. His fifth book,  Applying recent advances in the science of intellectual disabilities to classroom and clinical practice with A. M. Jankowska will be published by Springer in 2018. He is on the editorial board of several international scholarly journals, is past editor of School Psychology Forum, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of School Psychology


Dr. Shaw’s primary goal is to be the leader of a lab that works as a team for the benefit of improving career opportunities for all students, improving academic and mental health outcomes for school children, and improving the way that all clinical science is conducted. His long-time experience as a clinician guides the five values of our research: caring, useful, robust, credible, and transparent. He also has a strong interest in mentoring graduate students, postdocs, and young academics. He writes a blog entitled, “How Not to Suck in Graduate School,” which contains ideas and experiences in how to succeed in academia. Students write annual goals (required by the university) at the beginning of the academic year — all student members of The Connections Lab are required to write to wellness goals to help support their academic efforts. Wellness goals can include, diet, exercise, sleep, time with significant other, time with friends, communication with parents, and any other regular activities to improve and support your wellness and success.

Priority and perspective are important parts of graduate school and being an effective student, clinician, and researcher. Long, difficult, and even stressful work is part of being a graduate student and a member of The Connections Lab, but everyone is expected to spend time with promote personal health, family, take care of loved ones, and support one another. Steve has been married to Joyce Narvades for 25 years. They have two children, Zoe and Isabel and a dog named Indie. They are Steve's top priorities. Steve’s hobbies include reading fiction, weightlifting, and training judo.


Steven R. Shaw, Ph.D., NCSP
Graduate Program Director, School/Applied Child Psychology
Director, Resilience, Pediatric Psychology, and Neurogenetics Connections Lab
Editor, Canadian Journal of School Psychology
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University
Montreal, QC Canada

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