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

  • 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

Recent Publications

  • Wanless, S.B., Groark, C., Hatfield, B. (2014). Assessing organizational readiness. In J. Durlak, R. Weissburg, & T. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook of Social Emotional Learning. New York, NY: Guilford Publications. Invited chapter in press.
  • Brock, L.L., Rimm-Kaufman, S.E., & Wanless, S.B. (2014). Delay of gratification in first grade: The role of instructional context. Learning and Individual Differences, 29, 81-88.
  • McClelland, M.M., Geldhof, J., Cameron, C.E., Wanless, S.B. (2014). Development and self-regulation. In W. Overton & P. C. M. Molenaar (Vol Eds.), R. M. Lerner (Series Ed.) Handbook of child psychology and developmental science: Vol. 1. Theoretical models of human development (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Chapter in press.
  • Gestsdóttir, S., Von Suchodoletz, A., Wanless, S.B., Hubert, B., Guimard, P., Birgisdóttir, F., Gunzenhauser, C., McClelland, M. (2014). Early Behavioral Self-Regulation, Academic Achievement, and Gender: Longitudinal findings from France, Germany, and Iceland. Applied Developmental Science, 18(2), 90-102. doi: 10.1080/10888691.2014.894870
  • Von Suchodoletz, A., Gawrilow, C., Gunzenhauser, G., Merkt, J., Hasselhorn, M., Wanless, S. B., & McClelland, M. M. (2014). Handlungskontrolle bei Vor- und Grundschulkindern: Der Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders Test zur Erfassung der behavioralen Integration exekutiver Funktionen [Behavior control in preschool and elementary school children: The Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders task as an assessment of the behavioral integration of executive functions]. Manuscript in press at Psychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht.
  • McClelland, M.M., Wanless, S.B., Lewis, K. (2014). Self-regulation. In Friedman, H. (Ed). Enclyclopedia of Mental Health. (2nd ed.). Entry in press.
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