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Anne Shaffer

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Associate Professor
Clinical Program
Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Dr. Shaffer will not be accepting a new graduate student for Fall 2022 admission.

Education

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2008
Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science

Research Interests

I am trained as a developmental and clinical psychologist, and I mentor and train students in both disciplines, and in the intersections of these fields. My research currently focuses on the study of family and close relationships as contexts for risk and protection in development. I approach psychological research and practice from a developmental psychopathology perspective, which is informed by the simultaneous consideration of both competence and psychopathology, and emphasizes developmental processes of risk and resilience in pathways to adaptation or maladaptation.

Currently, my program of research comprises four major areas, encompassing both developmental research and the application of this research to prevention/intervention contexts:

Emotion communication and socialization

This area of research includes processes of communicating about emotions in close relationships (i.e., parent-child or romantic relationships), both directly and indirectly.

Childhood maltreatment

My research focuses on childhood maltreatment broadly as a risk factor for later adaptation, with a targeted focus on emotional maltreatment. 

Predictors of parenting

I am interested in identifying factors that predict both positive and negative parenting behaviors, including characteristics such as self-regulation, and relevant experiences such as childhood maltreatment.

Clinical applications

My research has recently included innovative treatments that include a specific focus on emotion communication, for applications in many domains including the prevention of emotional maltreatment. I have also conducted treatment outcome research more broadly in regards to parenting interventions, with a focus on issues of measurement.

 

Articles Featuring Anne Shaffer
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 9:23am

Congratulations to Dr. Anne Shaffer on her selection as the new Associate Dean of the Graduate School! Just as she has done here in the department in her role as Graduate Coordinator, she will do an extraordinary job as the go to person in the Graduate School.…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 10:23am

Check out this article featuring Dr. Anne Shaffer's work in collaboration with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital developing interventions to use in addition to family-based therapy to treat teens with anorexia nervosa. This study uses a tool called a “five-minute…

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:58pm

Congratulations to Dr. Anne Shaffer who just received an R34 grant from NIMH! The project is a collaboration with Dr. Claire Aarnio-Peterson, a 2014 UGA clinical psychology graduate who is now at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Shaffer…

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