Daniel L. Shapiro, PhD

Daniel L. Shapiro, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
  • Director, McLean/Harvard International Negotiation Program

Harvard Medical School Title
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry


Daniel L. Shapiro, PhD, has published widely in the field of conflict resolution and has written books such as “Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate” (with Roger Fisher) and “Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts.” At Harvard, Dr. Shapiro teaches on the psychology of negotiation, mentors psychology interns, and lectures across a variety of departments.

Dr. Shapiro specializes in practice-based research—building theory and testing it in real-world contexts. He has launched successful conflict resolution training and educational initiatives in the Middle East, Europe, and East Asia, and for three years chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Conflict Resolution. He has been instrumental in developing the first Global Curriculum on Conflict Management for senior policymakers as well as a conflict management curriculum that now reaches over one million youth in more than 20 countries. He received the American Psychological Association’s Early Career Award and the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award. In 2019, he received the prestigious Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Harvard, the oldest of the teaching awards given out by the Undergraduate Council.

Education & Training

  • 1994 BA in Psychology, Johns Hopkins University
  • 1999 PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • 1999-2000 Fellowship, Harvard Negotiation Project, Harvard Law School
  • 1999-2001 Research Fellowship in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital