Dr. Steven R. Shaw

Associate Professor | Interim Department Chair
Academic title(s): 

Director, Resilience, Pediatric Psychology, & Neurogenetic Connections Lab

Dr. Steven R. Shaw
Contact Information
Email address: 
steven.shaw [at] mcgill.ca

Education Building
3700 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

Interim Department Chair
Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)
Professional activities: 
  • Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of School Psychology
Developmental Psychology & Inclusive Education
Mental Health, Intervention & Psychopathology
Areas of expertise: 
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Consultation

Steven Shaw is an associate professor at McGill’s Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and is director of the Resilience, Pediatric Psychology and Neurogenetic Connections Lab. He earned a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Florida in 1991.

Before entering academia, he had 16 years of experience as a school psychologist in school, university, hospital, medical school, and independent practice. He served as the lead psychologist, licensed school 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 the over-representation of minority groups in special education and developing of teaching techniques for children with borderline intelligence. He is a recipient of McGill Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2010). 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 for children with rare genetic disorders, improving implementation of innovation and clinical research in education and psychology, and developing resilience skills in children at risk for academic failure. He has over 210 scholarly publications and presentations, has edited five books, and authored two others. He is on the editorial board of seven international scholarly journals, past editor of School Psychology Forum, and current editor of the Canadian Journal of School Psychology.

  • Ph.D., University of Florida, School Psychology
  • Ed.S., University of Florida, School Psychology
  • M.Ed., University of Florida, School Psychology
  • B.S., University of Florida, Psychology
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • 2018 Editor, Canadian Journal of School Psychology
  • 2016-2017 Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of School Psychology, Donald Saklofke, Editor
  • 2012 National Association of School Psychologists President’s Award for Contributions to the Profession
  • 2010 Faculty of Education Distinguished Teaching Award. McGill University.
  • Selected as editor, School Psychology Forum: Research in Practice. Published by the National Association of School Psychologists. September 2009. Editorial term January 2011-2017
Selected publications: 
  • Ianni, L., Camden, C., Anaby, D., Gauvin, C., Campbell, W., Berbari, J., Rivard, L., & Shaw, S. R. (in press). Perceptions of response-to-intervention practices: Results from a cross-sectional survey of school-board directors and support service professionals. Support for Learning.
  • Shaw, S. R. (2022). Reaching and teaching students who don’t qualify for special education: Strategies for the inclusive education of diverse learners. Routledge. 9780367677398
  • Roberson, A. J., Farmer, R. L., Shaw, S., Upton, S., & Zaheer, I. (2021). Opening doors to open science and scholarship for school psychology research, training, and practice. PsyArXiv https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/su53p
  • Andrews, J. A. C., Shaw, S. R., McMorris, C., & Domene, J. F. (Eds.) (2022). Mental Health Assessment, Prevention, and Intervention: Promoting Child and Youth Well-Being. Springer. 978-3-030-97207-3
  • Shaw, S. R. (2021). Implementing evidence-based practices in school psychology:  Excavation by de-implementing the disproved. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 36 (2). 91-97. https://doi.org/10.1177/08295735211000513 [preprint: Shaw, S. (2020, December 7). De-implementing Evidence-Based Practices in School Psychology: Excavation by De-Implementing the Disproved. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/m2c3k]
  • Shaw, S. R., & Pecsi, S. (2021). When is the evidence sufficiently supportive of real-world application? Evidence-based practices, open science, clinical readiness level. Psychology in the Schools, 58, 1891– 1901. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.22537
  • M.Am School/Applied Psychology
  • M.A. Counselling Psychology
  • Ph.D. School/Applied Psychology
  • Ph.D. Counselling Psychology
Graduate supervision: 

Dr. Shaw is NOT accepting students for 2023-24.

Supervision information for future academic years:

The Connections Lab under the supervision of Dr. Shaw hosts a maximum of six active graduate students. Supervision goals are to be competitive for national and provincial competitive fellowships and bursaries, and to graduate in a timely manner. Detailed information concerning graduate supervision is contained on his website. Students interested in being under the supervision of Dr. Shaw should contact him via email for a meeting. Also, a time will be arranged to be interviewed by current students.


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