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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

Alyson Shapiro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & M.S. Graduate Advisor


Ph.D. Development Psychology, University of Washington

B.S. Psychology, University of Utah

Research Interests

Infant Mental Health, Infant & Young Child Emotional and Social Development; Co-Parenting; Father Involvement; Emotion Coaching; the Impact of Couple Discord on Infant and Child Development; Early Intervention and Prevention; Couple Relationships Around the Transition to Parenthood Period 


*Fink, B. C., & Shapiro, A. F. (2013). Coping style mediates the relation between marital stability and depression, but not marital satisfaction and depression. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 2, 1-13. doi: 10.1037/a0031763.

*Pennar, A. L., Shapiro, A. F., & Krysik, J. (2012). Drug endangered children: Examining children removed from methamphetamine laboratories. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(9), 1777-1785. doi: Cited one time. 

Shapiro, A. F., Krysik, J., & *Pennar, A. (2011). Who are the fathers in the Healthy Families Arizona  program?  An examination of father data in at-risk families. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81(3). 327-336. doi: 10.1300/J005v34n01_06. Cited 6 times.

Shapiro, A. F., Nahm E. Y., Gottman, J. M., & Content, K. (2011). Bringing baby home together:  Examining the impact of a couple-focused intervention on the dynamics within family play. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 8(3).337-350. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2011.01102.x. Cited two times.

Shapiro, A. F., & Krysik, J. (2010). Finding fathers in social work research and practice. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics,7(1). Cited 6 times.

Hedonbro, M., Shapiro, A. F. & Gottman, J. M. (2006). Play with me at my speed: Tempo of parent-infant interactions in the Lausanne triadic play paradigm in two cultures. Family Process. 45(4), 485-498. (primary contributions were made by both the first and second authors). Cited 8 times. 

Fogel, A., Hsu, H., Shapiro, A. F., Nelson-Goens, C. N., & Secrest, C. (2006). Effects of normal and perturbed social play on the duration and amplitude of different types of smiles. Developmental Psychology. 42(3), 459-473. doi: 10.1037/0012-1649.42.3.459. Cited 18 times.

Shapiro, A. F. & Gottman, J. M. (2005). Effects on marriage of a psycho-communicative-educational intervention with couples undergoing the transition to parenthood, evaluation at 1-year post intervention. Journal of Family Communication. 5, 1-24. Cited 76 times.

Gottman, J. M., Shapiro, A. F., Parthemer, J. (2004). Bringing baby home: A preventative intervention program for expectant couples. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 19, 28-30. Cited 3 times.

Shapiro, A. F., Gottman, J. M., & Carrère, S. (2000). The baby and the marriage: Identifying factors that buffer against decline in marital satisfaction after the first baby arrives. Journal of Family Psychology. 14 (1), 59-70. Cited 260 times.

Fogel, A., Nelson-Goens, G., Hsu, H., & Shapiro, A. F. (2000). Do different infant smiles reflect different positive emotions? Social Development, 9(4), 497-520. doi: 0.1111/1467-9507.00140. Cited 53 times.  

Note: * Denotes student authors. The primary author is the first author unless otherwise indicated in parentheses. The numbers of citations were updated October, 2013 using data obtained from Google Scholar. 

Courses Taught at SDSU

CFD 536: Divorce and Remarriage

CFD 634: Seminar in Family Processes 

Alyson Shapiro, Ph.D. 

Dr. Shapiro