Shaffer, David R. 1946-

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SHAFFER, David R. 1946-


Born February 4, 1946, in Watsonville, CA; son of Herbert (an electrician) and Gerrie Shaffer; married Garnett Stokes, June 6, 1981 (divorced, August, 1987); companion of Gail Williamson. Ethnicity: "German/French." Education: Attended Cabrillo College, 1963-65; Humboldt State University, A.B., 1967, M.A., 1968; Kent State University, Ph.D., 1972. Politics: Democrat.


Home—365 Riverbend Circle, Royston, GA 30662. Office—Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. E-mail—[email protected].


Educator and author. Kent State University, Kent, OH, assistant professor of psychology, 1972-73; University of Georgia, Athens, assistant professor, 1973-76, associate professor, 1976-82, professor of psychology, 1982—. Military service: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, active duty, 1970-72.


American Psychological Association, Society for Research in Child Development.


Josiah Meigs Award for Instructional Excellence, University of Georgia, 1990; research prize, American Association of Trial Consultants, 2000.


Social and Personality Development, Wadsworth Group (Belmont, CA), 1979, 4th edition, 2000.

Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence, Wadsworth Group (Belmont, CA), 1985, 6th edition, 2002.

(With Carol Sigelman) Life-span Human Development, Wadsworth Group (Belmont, CA), 1991, 2nd edition, 1995.

(With Gail Williamson and Patrick Parmelee) Physical Illness and Depression in Older Adults: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Practice, Plenum, 2000.

(Editor with Bruce D. Waslick) The Many Faces of Depression in Children and Adolescents, American Psychiatric Publishing (Washington, DC), 2002.

Paid in Full, Alabaster Books (Kernersville, NC), 2003.

Contributor of nearly 100 articles to professional journals. Associate editor, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 1975-79, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1979-80, and Journal of Personality, 1980-86.

Shaffer's books have been translated into Chinese and Spanish.


Developmental Psychology, 7th edition; research on the effects of sport participation on the psycho-social development of adolescent families.


David R. Shaffer told CA: "My primary motivation for writing textbooks is to have up-to-date volumes on the subjects I teach. Since the texts have been successful, I continue to revise them.

"I have also authored more than ninety refereed articles in professional journals on such topics as attitudes and social influence processes, self-disclosure among acquaintances, psychological influences on jury decision-making, and mental health outcomes for people providing care to sick or disabled family members, to name a few. These are topics that motivated me to conduct the research that resulted in my books."



Adolescence, winter, 1990, review of Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence, 2nd edition, p. 1001; winter, 1996, review of Developmental Psychology, 4th edition, p. 996.

New England Journal of Medicine, March 1, 2001, Samuel Barondes, review of Physical Illness and Depression in Older Adults: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Practice, p. 694.