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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 Director of the Triple Board Residency in Pediatrics, General (Adult) Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He also serves as Director of School Mental Health at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and 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). His committee assignments include the HumBio Curriculum Committee, the Undergraduate Advisory Council, the Academic Progress Review Board (ex-officio), and the First Year Grading Task Force (ex-officio).
In September 2023, he was appointed as Senior Associate 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

Aluri, J., Haddad, J. M., Parke, S., Schwartz, V., Joshi, S. V., Menon, M., & Conrad, R. C. (2023). Responding to Suicide in School Communities: An Examination of Postvention Guidance from Expert Recommendations and Empirical Studies. Current Psychiatry Reports.

Lopez, J. D., Joshi, S. V., & Daniels, W. (2023). Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Pediatrics in Review, in press.

Joshi, S. V., & Glowinski, A. L. (2023). Principles of High Quality Pediatric Pharmacotherapy. Psychiatric Annals, 53(7).

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