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Shashank V. Joshi, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP, is Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Education at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Graduate School of Education (by courtesy), and the Director of School Mental Health at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Professor Joshi is a Faculty Advisor at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), the John Gardner Center for Youth & their Communities in the Graduate School of Education, and the Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE). Among many roles at Stanford, he also serves on the HumBio Curriculum Committee, Advisory Board for Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS), and VPUE Undergraduate Advisory Council. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and Co-chair of the AACAP Committee on Schools. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Project Safety Net Palo Alto, the Advisory Boards of the National Center on School Mental Health (NCSMH) and the Jed Foundation, and a member of the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup for the State of California. He has been the recipient of numerous awards in teaching and public service, most recently The Polymath Award (2021), given for excellence across multiple mission areas of the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.Professor Joshi’s scholarly work focuses on school mental health, suicide prevention in school settings, cultural aspects of pediatric health, doctor-parent-teacher collaboration in medical care, and well-being promotion in youth and young adults. He is the lead author of the K12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention used by the California Department of Education, and co-editor of the recent book Partnerships for Mental Health: A Guide to Community and Academic Collaboration [Philadelphia, Springer (2015)]. His current book project is an international collaboration with Professor Andrés Martin (Yale), Thinking About Prescribing: The Psychology of Psychopharmacology with Diverse Youth & Families [Wash DC Amer Psychiatric Press, Inc (2021)], which examines the relational and psychotherapeutic aspects of medication treatment.
K-12 School Mental Health Policy
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cal MHSA,
All California Youth, ages 5-19
Data Wkgrp Co-chair
Santa Clara County
Structured group psychotherapy intervention
SRI, Int'l; UCLA; US Dept. of Education
Middle school children at 8 schools in SFUSD
Access to care, stigma reduction, mental health education,
LPCH, PAMF, many other local primary care and mental health providers
City of Palo Alto-Palo Alto Unified School District Community Task Force on Suicide Prevention
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, AFSP
Students in PAUSD and neighboring school districts
Achievekids, EPA Acad HS, Palo Alto Unif Sch Dist, MtnView-Los Altos Sch Dist
Children, teens, and young adults with developmental disabilities
Dr. Joshi's teaching and research focuses on increasing knowledge and effectiveness of school mental health, youth wellbeing, positive psychology, pediatric psychotherapy and medication interventions. Areas of study include: the therapeutic alliance in medical care, structured psychotherapy interventions, cultural issues in pediatrics, wellbeing promotion and suicide prevention in schools settings, and faculty development in graduate medical education.