Dr. Michael Shapiro

(757) 668-4673 (HOPE)
Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry

Child/Adolescent Psychiatry


Medical School: University of Florida

Residency: University of Florida

Fellowship: University of Florida


As a child psychiatrist, Dr. Shapiro prefers not to emphasize "where" he grew up, but "when." Although born in New York, Dr. Shapiro "grew up" at the University of Florida for college, medical school, psychiatry residency, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. To continue his growth, Dr. Shapiro finally took the plunge and moved away from his home of 22 years to start a new adventure at CHKD.

Outside of child psychiatry, Dr. Shapiro is an avid fan of traveling with his wife (also a child psychiatrist), sports, stand-up comedy, murder mysteries, and rock/alternative music (’90s is the best). As a child psychiatrist, Dr. Shapiro provides both psychotherapy and medication management, and in fact makes psychotherapy a core part of his clinical practice. Dr. Shapiro views children and adolescents as growing individuals, and not just a list of symptoms, and as a "puzzle piece" within the whole picture of a family. Dr. Shapiro uses individual and family therapy techniques to work with all the puzzle pieces to create a clearer picture. 

Clinical Interests
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Awards and Honors
  • UF Excellence in Teaching Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2020, 2023)
  • AAPDPP/AADPRT Victor J. Teichner Award (2019)
  • AACAP Psychodynamic Faculty Initiative Recipient (2018)
  • Academic Psychiatry Early Career Development Award (2017)
  • UF College of Medicine Exemplary Teacher Award (2016, 2017)
  • AACAP Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award (2014)
  • American College of Psychiatrists Child PRITE Fellowship (2012-2013)


Shapiro M. (2023). Using Analogies to Help Adolescents Unlearn Self-Blame. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 62(3), 282–284. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2022.06.013

Shapiro M. (2023). Psychodynamic Formulation and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Pediatric Anxiety Disorders. Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America, 32(3), 559–572. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chc.2022.11.001

Shapiro M. (2022). Psychodynamic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Future of Our Field. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 61(6), 739–741. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2021.11.022

Shapiro M. (2022). Should "Psychodynamics" Cease to Exist?. Psychodynamic psychiatry50(3), 449–452. https://doi.org/10.1521/pdps.2022.50.3.449

Zhang, L., & Shapiro, M. A. (2021). PTSD Following Suicide Attempts in Adolescents: a Case Series. Journal of child & adolescent trauma, 15(1), 149–154. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-021-00380-y

Shapiro M. A. (2021). Competence vs. Identity, Trainees vs. Physicians: How COVID-19 Has Highlighted Role Confusion in Residency Training. Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry, 45(5), 545–548. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40596-020-01346-2

Shapiro M. (2019). Raise Concerns Without Fear and Protect Confidentiality: Why the Two Orders?. Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry43(1), 128–130. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40596-018-0891-9

Shapiro M. (2018). Pediatric Depression: When Does Parental Refusal for Treatment Constitute Medical Neglect?. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry57(6), 363–365. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2018.02.014

Hill, W. J., & Shapiro, M. A. (2017). Transgender Youth in the Inpatient Psychiatric Setting: A Literature Review and Case Report. Journal of psychiatric practice23(4), 290–293. https://doi.org/10.1097/PRA.0000000000000244

Shapiro, M. A., Bussing, R., & Nguyen, M. L. (2014). Pseudohallucinations in an adolescent: Considerations for diagnosis and treatment in the case of "Kate." Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 10(4), 227–259. https://doi.org/10.14713/pcsp.v10i4.1873


Kaye DL, Shapiro MA (2024). Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Child Psychiatry). In: Boland R, Verduin M eds. Kaplan & Saddock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry. 11th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. 

Shapiro M (2023). Child Maltreatment From a Sociocultural Perspective: Then and Now. In: Gogineni RR, and others eds. The WASP Textbook on Social Psychiatry: Historical, Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Perspectives. New York, Oxford Academic. https://doi.org/10.1093/med/9780197521359.003.0032

Young III H Shapiro MA. (2022). Suicidal Behavior. In: Walls RM, eds. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, 10th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier.

Ritvo RZ, Shapiro MA(2017). Psychodynamic Principles in Practice. In: Martin A, Bloch MH, Volkmar FR eds. Lewis’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook. 5th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

Professional Memberships
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
  • American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis (AAPDPP)
  • American College of Psychiatrists
A Note from Dr. Shapiro

"Both my wife - Dr. Mariam Rahmani - and I are child psychiatrists, and were drawn to CHKD because of their clear mission to provide high quality care with compassion to children and families. Their new state of the art Pavilion facility is a beacon of hope, and really shows CHKD is dedicated to the mental health of young people and families, as well as the education of future child psychiatrists."