Stephanie A. Shepard Umaschi, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Stephanie Shepard Umaschi, PhD, is a staff psychologist at Bradley Hospital, providing clinical services and conducting program evaluation and research within the Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center. She also provides organizational assessment, training, coaching, and consultation to community programs to facilitate the adoption, delivery, and sustainability of evidence-based programs for children and families. This includes the Incredible Years Series, Family Check Up, and applications of Motivational Interviewing. She is a certified group leader and mentor in the Incredible Years BASIC Parent Training Series and a certified group leader in the Child “Dina School” social skill curriculum for young children and the Teacher Classroom Management training series.

Shepard Umaschi received her MA in developmental psychology from Arizona State University and her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon. She completed her child clinical internship at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology and a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship in developmental psychopathology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where she joined the faculty in 2007 in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.

Research Interests

Shepard Umaschi's research interests include the prevention and early intervention of externalizing behavior problems in young children, as well as the development and community dissemination of evidence-based practices. She also has an ongoing program of research to study predictors of parent engagement in preventive parenting interventions and to identify strategies to build parent engagement.

Selected Publications

  • Herman, K., Reinke, W., Frey, A., & Shepard, S (2014). Motivational Interviewing in Schools: Strategies for engaging parents, teachers and students. NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Shepard, S, Armstrong, L., Silver, R., Berger, R., & Seifer, R. (2012). Embedding the Family Check Up and evidence-based parenting programs into Head Start to increase parent engagement and reduce conduct problems in young children. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 5, 194-207.
  • Shepard, S.A. & Dickstein, S. (2009). Preventive interventions for early childhood behavioral problems: An ecological perspective. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics, 18(3), 687-706.



Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center
Coro Center West (directions)
1 Hoppin Street, Suite 204
Providence, RI 02903


  • Post Graduate:  University of Oregon
  • Internship:  Boston VA Medical Center
  • Fellowship:  The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University