Stuart Shanker

Stuart Shanker

is Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at York University and Director of the Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative at York University, an initiative dedicated to studying processes that promote the well-being of all children, including those with developmental disorders. He is currently rolling out a self-regulation classroom initiative with several Superintendents under the auspices of the Ministry of Education in British Columbia, Yukon and Ontario.

Stuart served as director of the Council of Human Development in Canada for 10 years; director of the Canada-Cuba Research Alliance for 6 years; and was president of the Council of Early Child Development in Canada for two years. Over the past decade he has served as an adviser on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the US and countries around the world, including Australia, Bosnia, Colombia, England, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Peru, Romania, and Serbia.

Among the books and monographs he has authored or co-authored are Calm, Alert and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation (2012); Human Development in the 21st Century (with Alan Fogel and Barbara King, 2008); Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (a member of the PDM Steering Committee, 2006); Early Years Study II (with J. Fraser Mustard and Margaret McCain, 2007); The First Idea (with Stanley Greenspan, 2004); Toward a Psychology of Global Interdependency (with Stanley Greenspan, 2002); Apes, language and the human mind (with Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Talbot Taylor, 1998); and Wittgenstein and the Turning-Point in the Philosophy of Mathematics (1998). He is the editor of several collections, including The Routledge History of Philosophy (with G.H.R. Parkinson, 1994-2000); Language, Culture, Self (with David Bakhurst, 2001); and Ludwig Wittgenstein: Critical Assessments (with David Kilfoyle, 2002).