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Daniel Shapiro

InstitutionCollege of Medicine
Address500 University Drive Hershey PA 17033
Mailbox: H134


Vice Dean Faculty and Administrative Affairs. Professor of Psychiatry, Chair and Professor Department of Humanities, Arnold P. Gold Professor of Medical Humanism


Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville (Clinical and Health Psychology), 1994
M.S., University of Florida, Gainesville (Clinical and Health Psychology), 1990
A.B., Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY (Psychology and Film), 1988
Internship, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, Belmont MA, 1993-1994
Endowed Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, Pollin Fellow in Medical Crises Intervention, 1994-1995


Dan Shapiro, Ph.D. is professor and Chair of the Department Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine. His research focuses on coping with medical crises and physician-patient communication. He has received research awards from the American Psychological Association and clinical teaching awards from the senior residents at the University of Arizona. Dr. Shapiro earned his Ph.D. at the University of Florida and went on to Harvard Medical School where he completed an internship at McLean Hospital and an endowed fellowship in medical crisis counseling at Boston Children’s Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

His professional writings have appeared in Ethics and Behavior, Health Psychology, and the Journal of Psychosomatic Research. His personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, JAMA, the American Psychological Association’s Monitor and he has had a few commentaries on National Public Radio’s: All Things Considered. As a result of expertise as someone who has lived on “both sides of the bed”, he is a consultant to the hit television series, “Grey’s Anatomy” and has been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, ABCNEWS.COM, Salon.Com and a number of other periodicals. A humorist who also uses drama, he speaks widely to lay and professional groups.

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  1. Green MJ, Myers K, Watson K, Czerwiec MK, Shapiro D, Draus S. Creativity in Medical Education: The Value of Having Medical Students Make Stuff. J Med Humanit. 2016 Dec; 37(4):475-483.
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  2. Fishbein DH, Domitrovich C, Williams J, Gitukui S, Guthrie C, Shapiro D, Greenberg M. Short-Term Intervention Effects of the PATHS Curriculum in Young Low-Income Children: Capitalizing on Plasticity. J Prim Prev. 2016 Dec; 37(6):493-511.
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  3. Haidet P, Jarecke J, Adams NE, Stuckey HL, Green MJ, Shapiro D, Teal CR, Wolpaw DR. A guiding framework to maximise the power of the arts in medical education: a systematic review and metasynthesis. Med Educ. 2016 Mar; 50(3):320-31.
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  4. Shapiro D, Vrana K. Opinion: Celebrating R and D expenditures badly misses the point. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Aug 4; 112(31):9496-7.
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  5. Volpe RL, Mohammed S, Hopkins M, Shapiro D, Dellasega C. The negative impact of organizational cynicism on physicians and nurses. Health Care Manag (Frederick). 2014 Oct-Dec; 33(4):276-88.
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  6. Wolpaw DR, Shapiro D. The virtues of irrelevance. N Engl J Med. 2014 Apr 3; 370(14):1283-5.
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  7. Shapiro D. The importance of basics: seventeen essential questions for outpatient oncology clinics. Mod Healthc. 2013 Jul 8; 43(27):28.
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  8. Dan Shapiro. And In Health: A guide for couples facing cancer together. 2013.
  9. Shapiro D. A piece of my mind. Poolside. JAMA. 2012 Aug 22; 308(8):775-6.
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  10. Shapiro D. Titanium hip star. Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 Apr; 29(4):732-4.
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  11. Shapiro D, Tomasa L, Koff NA. Patients as teachers, medical students as filmmakers: the video slam, a pilot study. Acad Med. 2009 Sep; 84(9):1235-43.
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  12. Shapiro D. The hot lights: reflections on graduation. Acad Med. 2009 Jun; 84(6):751.
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  13. Dan Shapiro. Delivering Doctor Amelia: The story of a gifted obstetrician and the psychologist who helped her. 2004.
  14. Dan Shapiro. Mom's Marijuana: Life, Love and Beating the Odds. 2001; 264.
  15. Shapiro SL, Shapiro DE, Schwartz GE. Stress management in medical education: a review of the literature. Acad Med. 2000 Jul; 75(7):748-59.
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