Shannon Beth Wanless

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Shannon Beth Wanless

Shannon Beth Wanless

University of Pittsburgh
5937 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-6946


My research focuses on helping schools develop their readiness to (1) improve implementation of teaching strategies and (2) improve young children's social and academic outcomes. I view readiness as deeply rooted in the social-emotional culture of the school. Specifically, my lab focuses on implementation science, social-emotional learning, and increasing teacher capacity.

For more information about my lab, please visit Unfortunately, I am not accepting new doctoral advisees for the 2015-16 year.

For more information about the Graduate Student Study Abroad Program to Italy, please visit

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

  • 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.
  • Understanding Cultural Influences on Coaching Teachers in a Social-Emotional Intervention in Italy

    Feb 2014 - Aug 2014
  • Developing a Measure of Self-Regulation in the Context of Ballet Classes
  • Leveraging Coach Expertise to Determine a School’s Readiness to Implement a Social-Emotional Intervention

    Jul 2012 - Jun 2014
  • Developing a Measure of Readiness to Implement a Social-Emotional Learning Intervention (RISE)

    Jun 2012 - Jun 2014
  • More

Recent Publications