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Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D. (born in Massachusetts, United States) is a clinical psychologist and professor at the Santa Clara University Counseling Psychology graduate program.[1] He is a licensed clinical psychologist (HI, 1974; CA, 1978) and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Education and academic careerEdit

Shapiro is a graduate of Boston Latin School (1960), Colby College (A.B., 1964), Northwestern University (M.A., 1967) and The University of Waterloo (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1970). He held internships at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Boston, MA, Downey VA Hospital (IL) Hawaii State Hospital (Kaneohe, HI) and Hamilton (Ontario) Psychiatric Hospital.[1]

He has been a professor at Santa Clara University (1982–present) in the graduate department of Counseling Psychology, also serving as the Chairman of the graduate program (2001-2007; 2012-2013). Dr. Shapiro was director of Santa Clara University’s College of Professional Development from 2002-2014. Prior to his professorship at Santa Clara University, Shapiro was a professor at St. Bonaventure University (1969-1970), The University of Hawaii (1970-1982; Dept. Chair 1971-1973), visiting professor at UC Santa Cruz (1978–79), and a myriad of clinical psychology and family therapy programs.[1]

He has served on editorial boards of professional journals (PsycCritiques; Family Therapy)[1] and as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals and book publishers.

Clinical and consulting careerEdit

Shapiro was first licensed in Hawaii in 1974 and later in California in 1978. During his career, he has held advanced certifications: A Diplomate from the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists (ABMP, 1987-2010), a Certified Clinical Consultant by American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (1994-2006), certified by the National Registry of Certified Group Therapists (1997-2006), and listed in the National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology (1978–present).[1]

From 1970 until 2010, Shapiro was engaged in the part-time practice of individual, group, couple and family psychotherapy. He was a partner in the King Kalakaua Center for Humanistic Psychotherapy in Honolulu from 1974-1982, a member of Spectrum Comprehensive Mental Health, and partner in a private practice in Los Altos, CA. He was also a visiting staff counselor at the Counseling Center (Crown & Kresge Colleges), University of California, Santa Cruz 1978-1979.[1]

He is founding/managing partner of Family Business Solutions, a consulting firm that specializes in Family Business. In particular, the consultation is designed to help family and closely held businesses through transitions.

Among his consultations are several with the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific, U.S. Army (Hawaii) and Navy (Pearl Harbor). These have been primarily focused on Command Communications Equal Opportunities, Race Relations, family life and combat veterans' needs.

PsyJourn Inc.Edit

From 1994-2001, Shapiro was president of PsyJourn, a psychotherapy-oriented software company. The company produced homework modules for patients to use between psychotherapy sessions. The modules were successfully clinically tested and shown to enhance the effectiveness of group therapy for training and for treating posttraumatic stress disorder.

Awards and accoladesEdit

  • Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society) Book of the Year Award (2013) for Finding Meaning, Facing Fears in the Autumn of Your Years (45-65)
  • Named as one of the "Top 99 Professors in Counseling Psychology" (2013) by
  • Elected "Fellow" of the American Psychological Association (2008) in three Divisions of Family Psychology, Independent Practice and Media.[1]
  • Dean's Special Appreciation Award for Service to the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries (2008)
  • Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship, from Santa Clara University (2006). This is the highest honor for scholarship awarded by the university.[1]
  • Winner of a 1995 "Book of the Year" award for Becoming a Father (Springer, 1995) from the American Journal of Nursing[1]
  • Manfred Guttmacher Award (1991). Highest honor for literature granted by the American Psychiatric Association for Trance on Trial (1989, The Guilford Press).[1]
  • Board of Regents Medal and Award for being selected Outstanding Teacher among Senior Faculty at the University of Hawaii, Manoa (1981).
  • Citation of Appreciation and Commendation for (civilian) service, Commander in Chief, Pacific Air Force (1977)
  • Special Commendation, General Staff Commanders Conference (1976)


Shapiro’s research has ranged from a lengthy series of empirical studies on the outcome effectiveness of group therapy, and interview-based studies of fatherhood, psychotherapist training, couple therapy, and the life transition after midlife. A number of journal, book publications, book chapters, and presentations at professional meetings in each area have ensued.

Based on the pioneering empirical effectiveness research on brief closed groups in the 1970s, he developed a vertically-integrated group leader training program. The model program was instituted at the University of Hawaii (1972) and subsequently at Santa Clara University (1982), where it continues.[4] The training involves separate classes in group theory and practice, membership in a training group, advanced class in group leadership, co-leadership of a training group with an experienced professional and finally senior leadership after licensure.

Shapiro’s signature work was a two decade study of the male experience of fatherhood. These interview and clinically-informed studies ranged from expectant fathering (When She’s Pregnant: The Essential Guide for Expectant Fathers, When Men are Pregnant: Needs and Concerns of Expectant Fathers, Becoming a Father) to lifelong fatherhood and father-child interactions (The Measure if a Man: Becoming the Father You Wish Your Father Had Been). Most importantly, the work underscores the psychological influence of a man’s relationship with his own father (or significant male figures) to the manner in which he subsequently approaches his children. His fatherhood work was part of a renewed interest in men and fatherhood that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s. Until this time, during most of the twentieth century, parenting and research was almost exclusively focused on motherhood.


Shapiro has authored, edited, and contributed to over twenty books, many of which have been published in numerous languages. His book publications include:

  • Pragmatic Existential Counseling and Psychotherapy: Intimacy, Intuition and the Search for Meaning" (2016, Sage).[2]
  • When She’s Pregnant: The Essential Guide for Expectant Fathers" (2014, Ex Libris).[1]
  • Finding Meaning, Facing Fears in the Autumn of Your Years (45-65) (2012, Impact Publishers). Winner of 2013 Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society) Book of the Year Award.[3]
  • Brief Group Treatment: Practical Training for Therapists and Counselors (1998, Brooks.Cole - with Lawrence S. Peltz and Susan Bernadett-Shapiro)[4]
  • Becoming a Father: Contemporary Social, Developmental and Clinical Perspectives (1995, Springer Publishing – Ed. with Michael J. Diamond and Martin Greenberg). Winner of a 1995 "Book of the Year" award from the American Journal of Nursing.
  • The Measure of a Man: Becoming the Father You Wish Your Father Had Been (1993, Delacorte; paperback 1995, Berkeley). Also in several translations and foreign editions .
  • Trance on Trial (1989, Guilford Press - with Alan W. Sheflin). Winner of Manfred Guttmacher Award (1991). Highest honor for literature granted by the American Psychiatric Association.
  • When Men are Pregnant: Fears and Concerns of Expectant Fathers (1987, Impact Publishers; paperback 1993, Delta). Also in several translations and foreign editions .
  • Classic Readings in Educational Psychology (1986, Ginn Publishing) - with Harold Ayabe.
  • Methods of Group Psychotherapy and Encounter: A Tradition of Innovation (1978, Peacock Publishing)

Additionally, he has authored 47 professional articles, 17 chapters in professional edited collections, several peer book reviews, 15 trade publications and over 100 presentations & symposia.[1]


Shapiro has served as a media expert for the American Psychological Association and for Santa Clara University. He has appeared on over 200 radio and television programs, locally across the U.S. and Canada, nationally ( e.g., CBS morning Show, CBS Evening News, ABC News, NBC, NPR, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, WWOR, AP Radio, Mutual), and internationally (e.g., AFRTS, CHUM).[1]

His work on fatherhood has been cited with major spreads in a host of popular publications including the newspapers: New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, Toronto Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Nashville Banner), popular periodicals, (e.g., Time, People, Parents, Parenting, Self, Bridal Guide, Men’s Health, Ladies Home Journal, Bottom Line Personal, Playboy, Men’s Health), and numerous websites geared to parenting, male-female relationships and child-rearing[1]

Finally, he has authored articles for Parents, The San Francisco Sunday Examiner, and Psychology Today.[1]


An avid folk musician and singer, Shapiro has been a member of several Appalachian, old-timey, bluegrass, and folk bands since 1961. He performed with Old Pali Highway Ramblers in Hawaii from 1973-1982.

He served as an expert prosecution witness in precedent setting trial in Honolulu in December 1982; a case in which hypnotically-refreshed testimony was successfully admitted in a rape trial.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Curriculum Vitae: Jerrold L. Shapiro, accessed 20 January, 2016".
  2. ^ Pragmatic Existential Counseling and Psychotherapy: Intimacy, Intuition and the Search for Meaning. (2016, Sage)
  3. ^ Finding Meaning, Facing Fears in the Autumn of Your Years (45-65) (2012, Impact Publishers; New Harbinger, 2016)
  4. ^ Brief Group Treatment: Practical Training for Therapists and Counselors (1998, Brooks.Cole - with Lawrence S. Peltz and Susan Bernadett-Shapiro)

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