Dr. Stuart Shanker

Self-Regulation and Fathers

Decades of research suggests that fathers play an important role in healthy child development and also that self-regulation is the foundation of healthy human development, learning and positive parenting. In his keynote address Dr. Shanker will connect those two ideas by looking at the complex, bi-directional relationship between fathers and self-regulation, covering topics such as:

  • What is self-regulation and how to tell the difference between misbehaviour and stress behaviour

  • The relationship between stress and self-regulation: how stress affects children’s behaviour, development and learning

  • How fathers and children affect each other’s self-regulation

  • Shanker Self-Reg and how it can enhance effective fathering

  • Self-regulation and parent partner relationships

  • Unique Self-Reg opportunities and challenges related to fathers and father-child relationships


Stuart Shanker, D Phil (Oxon), is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology at York University and the CEO of the MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. (www.self-reg.ca). His most recent book, Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (And You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage With Life, has garnered glowing reviews around the world being published in Canada, the US, the UK, as well as many other languages.

Over the past decade, Stuart Shanker has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the United States, and in countries around the world. During this period, he became increasingly interested in the impact of excessive stress on child development and behaviour.  Stuart Shanker’s five-step Self-Reg model -- The Shanker MethodTM-- is a powerful process for understanding and managing stress in children, youth and adults. In 2012 he founded The MEHRIT Centre as a Self-Reg learning and information centre. Stuart commits considerable time to bringing the research and science of Self-Reg to parents, early childhood educators, teachers, educational leaders, health practitioners and communities through presentations, master classes, online courses, webinars, publications, social media and a blog entitled, “The Self-Reg View”.