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Shashank Joshi


Shashank V. Joshi, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP, is Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Education at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Graduate School of Education (by courtesy), and the Director of School Mental Health at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Professor Joshi is a Faculty Advisor at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), the John Gardner Center for Youth & their Communities in the Graduate School of Education, and the Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE). Among many roles at Stanford, he also serves on the HumBio Curriculum Committee, Advisory Board for Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS), and VPUE Undergraduate Advisory Council. In September 2022, he was appointed to a 3-year term as Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Well-being in the Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education (VPUE).

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and former Co-chair of the AACAP Committee on Schools. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Project Safety Net Palo Alto, the Advisory Boards of the National Center on School Mental Health (NCSMH) and the Jed Foundation, and a member of the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup for the State of California. He has been the recipient of numerous awards in teaching and public service, most recently The Polymath Award (2021), given for excellence across multiple mission areas of the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

Professor Joshi’s scholarly work focuses on school mental health, suicide prevention in school settings, cultural aspects of pediatric health, doctor-parent-teacher collaboration in medical care, and well-being promotion in youth and young adults. He is the lead author of the K12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention used by the California Department of Education, and co-editor of the recent book Partnerships for Mental Health: A Guide to Community and Academic Collaboration [Philadelphia, Springer (2015)].
His current book project is an international collaboration with Professor Andrés Martin (Yale), Thinking About Prescribing: The Psychology of Psychopharmacology with Diverse Youth & Families [Wash DC Amer Psychiatric Press, Inc (2022)], which examines the relational and psychotherapeutic aspects of medication treatment.

Other Titles

Professor (Teaching), Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development
Professor (Teaching) (By courtesy), Pediatrics
Professor (Teaching) (By courtesy), Graduate School of Education
Member, Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI)

Research Interests

Adolescence | Child Development | Diversity and Identity | Higher Education | Immigrants and Immigration | Leadership and Organization | Parents and Family Issues | Poverty and Inequality | Professional Development | Psychology | Race and Ethnicity | Religion | Social and Emotional Learning | Special Education | Teachers and Teaching

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Recent Publications

Albright, G., Fazel, M., Khalid, N., McMillan, J., Hilty, D., Shockley, K., & Joshi, S. (2022). High School Educator Training by Simulation to Address Emotional and Behavioral Concerns in School Settings: A Randomized Study. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, 1–13.

Sorensen, C. C., Lien, M., Harrison, V., Donoghue, J. J., Kapur, J. S., Kim, S. H., … Patel, S. G. (2022). The Tool for Evaluating Media Portrayals of Suicide (TEMPOS): Development and Application of a Novel Rating Scale to Reduce Suicide Contagion. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(5).

Connor, A., & Joshi, S. V. (2022). The Pharmacotherapeutic Alliance in School Mental Health. Thinking about Prescribing: The Psychology of Psychopharmacology with Diverse Youth & Families, in press. American Psychiatric Association Publishing, Inc.

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