Shirley  McGuire

Shirley McGuire


Shirley McGuire Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology, Director of the Honors in Psychology Program, and Co-Founder of Child and Youth Studies. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at Queens University, her M.A. in Experimental Psychology at Western Carolina University, and her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. McGuire's research involves using a biocontextual approach to examine sibling relationships and links between sibling dynamics and children's socio-emotional development and adjustment in middle childhood and adolescence. She is the Principal Investigator of the Twins, Adoptees, Peers, and Siblings (TAPS) study, a NIMH-funded research project focusing on sibling socialization effects in school-aged children. The study is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Nancy Segal at the California State University, Fullerton. Dr. McGuire's secondary interests include understanding genetic contributions to children's personality development and family experiences during the school-aged and teenaged years.

Administrative Appointments

Director, Honors in Psychology Program

Dr. McGuire has authored or co-authored papers on the nature of children's sibling relationships and the heritability of personality development and family experiences in international recognized journals, such as American Psychologist, Psychological Science, Child Development Perspectives, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology, Development & Psychopathology, Social Development, and Personality and Individual Differences. She a contributing author to many books including: K. Rotenberg (Ed.) (2010) Interpersonal Trust during Childhood and Adolescence (Cambridge University Press) and R. Larson (Ed.) (2009), New Directions in Child Development (Wiley).

She has also has served as a grant reviewer for National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (US), and the Economic & Social Research Council (UK) and on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology and the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. She is an ad-hoc reviewer for over 15 research journals in her field and has served on review panels for both the Society for Research in Child Development and the Society for Research on Adolescence conferences.

Please see Dr. McGuire’s Curriculum Vitae for more information about her research and other scholarly activities.