Shannon Beth Wanless
Faculty - Director of Office of Child Development

All of my work focuses on the intersection between scholarship and practice. The translation from research findings to implementation can raise new issues that require the expertise of practitioners and policy-makers to adapt and transform recommendations to be successful in real-world contexts serving a wide range of people. In return, it is necessary to gather this collective wisdom and bring it to researchers to inform future questions and study designs so they are increasingly relevant to practice. Applying this approach to a specific field of study, my research focuses on helping early childhood educators use social-emotional teaching practices to improve children's sense of psychological safety to learn at school. Specifically, my lab focuses on implementation science, social-emotional learning, and increasing teacher capacity to help children of all races and cultural backgrounds to engage in learning.

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School Affiliations

Recent Grants

Cary, M.S. (2017-2021). Evaluation of the KinderTEK iPad Math Program. U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Educational Sciences, Washington, D.C.
Wanless, S.B. (2019). My Racial Journey. Open Access Education Resources Award, Provost's Office, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
Wanless, S.B., White, A., Jackson, M, Mulvey, L. (2017-2020). A World of PRIDE (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early education) in Pittsburgh. Kellogg Foundation.
Ready Rosie, Denton, TX February 2018 - June 2019 Ready Rosie Evaluation Total Funding: $45,000 PI: Caitlin Spear Consultant: Shannon Wanless
Swartz, M., Li, J., Wanless, S.B., & Siefken, P. (2015-2018). Peg + Cat: Adventures in Learning. Advancing Informal STEM Learning, National Science Foundation.
Wanless, S.B. & Briggs, J.O. (2015-2017). Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices in Early Childhood Education. Central Research Development Fund, Provost's Office, University of Pittsburgh.

Recent Publications

Wanless, S.B., Cornell, D., Davis, D. (2019). Emotional and physical safety., In D. Osher, M. Mayer, T. Osher, R. Jagers, & K. Kendziora (Eds.), Keeping students safe and helping them thrive: A collaborative handbook for education, mental health, child welfare, safety, and justice professionals, families, and communities: Vol. 1. (Chapter 8). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
Miller, J., Wanless, S.B., & Weissberg, R. (2018). Essential connections between parenting and social and emotional learning: Parenting for competence and parenting with competence. The School-Community Journal, 28(2), 9-28.
Wanless, S.B. & Winters, D.P. (2018). A welcome space for taking risks: Psychological safety creates a positive climate for learning. The Learning Professional, 39(4), 41-44.
Chernego, D. I., McCall, R. B., Wanless, S. B., Groark, C. J., Vasilyeva, M. J., Palmov, O. I., ... & Muhamedrahimov, R. J. (2018). The effect of a social-emotional intervention on the development of preterm infants in institutions. Infants & Young Children, 31(1), 37-52.
Puranik, C., Boss, E.*, & Wanless, S.B. (2018). Relations between self-regulation and early writing: Domain specific or task dependent?. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 46, 228-239.
Bliss, C.M.* & Wanless, S.B. (2018). Development and initial investigation of a self-report measure of teachers' readiness to implement. Journal of Educational Change, 19(2), 269-291.
Shannon Beth Wanless


University of Pittsburgh
5809 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260