Sharron Russell

Sharron Russell
Licensed psychologist Dr. Sharron Russell is Shipley's Director of Student Support and Director of Positive Education. She completed her undergraduate degree at Penn State University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Social Work, subsequently earning a Masters of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Pennsylvania. Sharron joined The Shipley School in 1995 to develop and implement a curriculum for 9th to 12th graders focused on interpersonal and personal skills, as well as social and mental health issues. After teaching this curriculum for several years, she earned her School Psychology Certification from Immaculata University. Upon completing this certification, Sharron served as a School Psychologist in the Haverford School District. In 2011, she returned to Shipley as Director of Student Support to provide psychoeducational evaluations, direct the student support program, oversee the SEED program, and provide instruction in study skills. Sharron earned a Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology (PsyD) at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 2016 and added Director of Positive Education to her title in 2017.

Recent Posts

The Kids Are Alright! How Building Resilience Can Help Us Thrive During the COVID-19 Era

Posted by Sharron Russell on Sep 3, 2020 3:00:00 PM

For most of my career, my mantra regarding avoidance of difficulty has been, “Don’t let children believe ‘The world is dangerous,’ or ‘I can’t handle it.’ One of the problems with the COVID-19 crisis is that some activities that were previously considered normal and non-threatening (e.g. shaking hands, hugging your friends, going to school) are now considered dangerous. We are all navigating this new and seemingly ever-changing environment, determining what parts of the world are actually “dangerous.” So, my focus this year will be on the second statement, “I can’t handle it,” and helping children, adolescents, and adults replace that with a more resilient statement such as, “I can handle it,” “I got this,” or “We can do this.” At home, parents can, and should, adopt these mantras, too, so children can build resilience to handle uncertainty.

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Topics: Parenting, social emotional learning, positive education, PERMA, positive psychology

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