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Shakow, David (1901–1981)

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Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0864

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Staff 2010. Shakow, David (1901–1981). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


David Shakow was born in New York City in 1901. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, completing his dissertation in 1946. During the 1940s he worked on several committees and prepared papers that led to the well-known Boulder Conference and the acceptance of the “Boulder Model” (designed for the most part by Shakow himself) to guide doctoral training in clinical psychology. He worked for several years as a psychologist in mental hospitals, including McLean Hospital, Worcester State Hospital, and Boston Psychopathic Hospital. He then became affiliated with the Worcester Child Guidance Clinic, where he developed one of the first internships in clinical psychology. In 1948, Shakow became professor of psychology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and he subsequently received a joint appointment at the University of Chicago Department of Psychology. He served as consultant to many commissions and committees, and in 1967 he became senior research psychologist with the National Institute of Mental Health, where he helped establish and served as chief of the NIMH Laboratory of Psychology.


  • clinical psychology;
  • clinical training;
  • Schizophrenia research