Rebecca Shahmoon-Shanok, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

Board Member

Dr. Shahmoon-Shanok is Founding CEO and Academic Director of Collaborations for Growth (CG), a new nonprofit created to spread diversity-sensitive support for vulnerable babies, children and their parents, especially those living in poverty. With prevention at its center, CG reaches significantly at-risk and diagnosable youngsters heading for academic or social trouble because of trauma and-or developmentally challenges, as well as connecting with their parents. While CG is new, each of the three initiatives which are part of the CG family have successes documented over decades. 

Until recently Founding Director, Institute for Infants, Children & Families, JBFCS in NYC, Dr. Shahmoon-Shanok has trained professionals from all relevant disciplines together since the late 1970’s.  She currently serves as Senior Research Associate for Relationships for Growth & Learning, Center for Attachment Research-New School for Social Research and is widely published and teaching across the country and abroad.

A pioneer in integrating mental health consultation with direct services in childcare and Head Start, Rebecca has established peer play psychotherapy for young children as a successful intervention for widely varied challenges. The Institute she began and directed at JBFCS reached young, underserved children from zero through six and their families with transdisciplinary, model services, post-degree training for providers of all disciplines and state-of-the-science consultation to government, systems and agencies. A widely- published author and energetic leader as well as an expert in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) for both trauma and for developmental challenges, Dr. Shahmoon-Shanok has been part of a national workgroup within the Harris Professional Development Network addressing Tenets for Diversity-Informed Practice since 2011, integrating Undoing Racism teachings from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. With degrees and experience in clinical psychology, social work, early childhood education and extensive experience in psychoanalysis and infant mental health, Dr. Shahmoon-Shanok is an active board member of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, and founder and past co-president of the New York Zero-to-Three Network. With colleagues within Zero to Three, she developed and has written extensively about Reflective Supervision since its inception in the late 1980’s, more recently integrating mindful practice and staff wellness on behalf of the early childhood field.