David Shumaker, PhD
Associate Professor, PsychologySend a Message
Program Director, Mental Health Counseling
- PhD, University of South Carolina
- BA, Harvard University
Internship: Carolinas Medical Center-Randolph/Behavioral Health System, Charlotte, North Carolina
Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry Children & The Law Program fellowship in pediatric forensic psychology; Licensed Psychologist and Health Services Provider, MA.
Existential-integrative therapy; Divorce and child custody; Child and adolescent anxiety disorders.
My research interests recently have focused on existential anxiety in adolescence and how existential-integrative therapy can be effectively incorporated into empirically validated treatment approaches with this population. I am specifically interested in learning more about the adolescent and young adult experience of existential anxiety and which personality configurations from a Five Factor Model perspective correlate with existential anxiety. In addition, having previously worked as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Massachusetts conducting custody evaluations, I have a strong research interest in both forensic assessment methodology and treatment considerations for working with children and adolescents whose parents are divorced or separated..
Shumaker, D. (2017). Existential Integrative Approaches to Treating Adolescents. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
Shumaker, D., & Kelsey, C. (Online First). The existential impact of high-conflict divorce on children. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies. DOI: 10.1080/14779757.2020.1717985.
Shumaker, D., Killian, K., Cole, C., Hruby, H., & Grimm, J. (Online First). Existential anxiety, personality type, and therapy preference in young adults. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, DOI: 10.1177/0022167817702783.
Karavalaki, Maria & Shumaker, D. (2016). An Existential-Integrative (EI) Treatment of Adolescent Substance Abuse. The Humanistic Psychologist. 44(4), 381-399.
Shumaker, D. & Medoff, D. (2013). Ethical and legal considerations when obtaining informed consent for treating minors of high-conflict divorced or separated parents. The Family Journal, 21(3), 318-327.
Shumaker, D. (2012). Existential-Integrative Therapy with Depressed and Anxious Adolescents. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 52(4), 375-400.