College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Joann Wu Shortt, PhD
Originally from New York, Dr. Joann Wu Shortt joined the Oregon Social Learning Center after completing her doctorate in Developmental Psychology with Dr. John Gottman at the University of Washington. She has served as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on eight federal grants. Highlights of her career at the Oregon Social Learning Center include working collaboratively with scientists at other institutes, local school districts, and community agencies; serving on the Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention Study Section at the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review; and mentoring student interns and graduate students within the context of research. Dr. Shortt also developed the curriculum and taught a class on Life Span Developmental Psychology for two terms to masters and doctoral students in Counseling and School Psychology at the University of Oregon. At Walden University, she is a contributing faculty for the School of Psychology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Shortt’s research focuses on the role of familial and social interactional quality on psychological well-being across diverse contexts, with a particular interest in identifying risk factors that impact families and children. She has increased the scientific understanding in these areas by delivering over 15 research presentations at national conferences including the Society for Research on Child Development, and publishing over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles including a systematic review and book chapters.