Dr. Myrna B. Shure

In Memoriam: Dr. Myrna B. Shure

Research Press sadly notes the passing of Dr. Myrna B. Shure. She was professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, researcher and program developer, and highly acclaimed author. Dr. Shure passed away January 3, 2023. Among her many outstanding accomplishments, she was a program developer of I Can Problem Solve (ICPS). From the foundations of this program, Dr. Shure became a leading pioneer in what is known today as social-emotional learning (SEL).

The ICPS program, published by Research Press, has been recognized for research and service by numerous national organizations, including the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP); the U. S. Department of Education; and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). It is also included in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Dr. Shure is author of the Raising a Thinking Child Workbook, an ICPS program for families, also published by Research Press, with recognition by the Strengthening America’s Families Project and NASP. She has been recognized by the American Psychological Association’s Psychology Matters initiative for research relating to schools and families resulting in valuable applications that make a difference in people’s lives. With her research colleague, Dr. George Spivack, Dr. Shure received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Division of Community Psychology of the American Psychological Association. For her research and prevention programs, Dr. Shure was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Counseling Psychology–Prevention Section of the American Psychological Association. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Promotion of Social-Emotional Learning (CPSEL) in 2021. Her books for parents, Raising a Thinking Child and Raising a Thinking Preteen are both Parent Choice Award winners. Her book Thinking Parent, Thinking Child was written for parents who can help their children learn how to think and not just what to think. Dr. Shure was also a media consultant on issues of mental health impacting our nation’s youth.

Dr. Shure will be missed by countless colleagues, family, and people who continue to implement her programs globally. She will certainly be missed by those of us at Research Press who have had the pleasure, indeed, the honor of working with her.

For more on Dr. Myrna B. Shure: https://www.icanproblemsolve.org/

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