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Dr. Shapira is a Clinical Psychologist in the Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Section and an Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shapira’s research focuses on the assessment and treatment of depression in individuals with diabetes. Her work also includes harnessing technology to improve treatment adherence, decreasing diabetes burden, and increasing quality of life. Dr. Shapira provides outpatient therapy to youth, teens and young adults with diabetes and their families which focuses on coping with disease burden, adjusting to new diagnoses, and treating co-occurring mood disorders.

College- BA psychology- IDC Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel
Graduate School- PhD psychology- Yeshiva University, New York
Residency- Northport VA
Fellowship- Joslin Diabetes Center

  • Adult Behavioral Health

Shapira A, Volkening LK, Markowitz JT, Butler DA, Laffel LM. Mental Health Providers' Assessment of Parents' Reactions to their Children's Elevated Depressive Symptoms. Pediatr Diabetes. 2021 Mar;22(2):354-359. doi: 10.1111/pedi.13138. Epub 2020 Nov 4. PMID: 33030293; PMCID: PMC8988090.

Shapira A, Harrington KR, Goethals ER, Volkening LK, Laffel LM. Health-related quality of life in youth with type 1 diabetes: Associations with multiple comorbidities and mental health conditions. Diabet Med. 2021 Oct;38(10):e14617. doi: 10.1111/dme.14617. Epub 2021 Jun 19. PMID: 34060668; PMCID: PMC8429188.

Shapira A, Volkening LK, Borus JS, Laffel LM. Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) of Positive and Negative Affect and Associations with Blood Glucose (BG) in Teens with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2021 Jul 30:19322968211035451. doi: 10.1177/19322968211035451. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34330178.

Harrington KR, Shapira A, Volkening LK, Butler DA, Anderson BJ, Wasserman RM, Laffel LM. Associations of diabetes self-management characteristics, HbA1c, and psychosocial outcomes with depressive symptoms in a contemporary sample of adolescents with type 1 diabetes. J Diabetes Complications. 2021 Mar;35(3):107838. doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2020.107838. Epub 2021 Jan 6. PMID: 33431226; PMCID: PMC7870579.

Hermanns N, Ehrmann D, Shapira A, Kulzer B, Schmitt A, Laffel L. Coordination of glucose monitoring, self-care behaviour and mental health: achieving precision monitoring in diabetes. Diabetologia. 2022 Apr 5. doi: 10.1007/s00125-022-05685-7. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35380233.

Dr. Lee and Linda Rosenbaum Family Award for Excellence in Clinical Health Psychology, Ferkauf Graduate School 2019 JDRF National Fellowship in Psychology, 2019-present

Contact Information

Amit.Shapira [at] joslin.harvard.edu