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David W. Shwalb - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

David W. Shwalb David W. Shwalb

Professor of Psychology | Southern Utah University


Specializing in cross-cultural psychology, developmental psychology and parenting


Dr. David W. Shwalb is a professor of psychology at Southern Utah University. Focusing on his cross-cultural interests in parenting, grandparenting, socialization, and personality development in family and school contexts, Dr. Shwalb, along with his wife, Dr. Barbara Shwalb, has co-edited seven books.

Dr. Shwalb previously held faculty positions at Southeastern Louisiana University, Brigham Young University, and Koryo International College (Japan). He also is a former president of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research. He is an English Abstracts editor for the Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology and the Japanese Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect.

Dr. Shwalb holds a bachelor of arts in psychology and East Asian studies from Oberlin College, and a master of arts and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan.



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Industry Expertise (4)

Writing and Editing Childcare Education/Learning Research

Areas of Expertise (8)

Psychology Grandparenting Cross-cultural psychology Japanese Education and Childrearing Developmental Psychology Fathering Respect and Disrespect Parenting Across Cultures

Accomplishments (4)

Fulbright International Scholar (professional)

Lviv Medical University

Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award (professional)

From the American Psychological Association Division for Fathers in Cultural Context

Fulbright Dissertation Fellow

Tokyo University

Society for Cross-Cultural Research (professional)

Former President

Education (3)

Oberlin College: B.A., Psychology and East Asian Studies

University of Michigan: M.A., Developmental Psychology

University of Michigan: Ph.D., Developmental Psychology

Affiliations (3)

  • Society of Cross-Cultural Research
  • International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • American Psychology Association (Developmental Psychology Division 7, International Psychology Division 52)

Media Appearances (3)

Professor Writes New Book About Grandparents

Southern Utah University  online

Dr. David Shwalb, a psychology professor at Southern Utah University, recently published a book with Routledge Publishing titled “Grandparents in Cultural Context” which provides some enlightening insights on the different roles grandparents play depending on the culture in which they live.

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Psychology Professor Honored with Fathering Global Study

Southern Utah University  online


Southern Utah University professor of psychology David Shwalb, along with Barbara J. Shwalb and Dr. Michael E. Lamb, has been honored by the American Psychological Association (APA) with the Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award for his groundbreaking global study of fatherhood.

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Psychology Prof. Fathers Global Study of Fatherhood

Southern Utah University  online


Deep in the jungles of Africa, members of an indigenous tribe go about daily routines as, from one home to the next, the women depart to tend to crops and collect food while the fathers stay behind to rear their children. Though not unheard of, the role of these fathers as primary caregiver is certainly not the norm. And while there is an increasing global perception that prescribed roles between women and men are blurring in these modern times, it turns out these Central African men are still very different from most of their fathering counterparts around the world.

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Articles (5)

Raising Grandchildren: A Cultural Look Senior Times

David W. Shwalb and Ziarat Hossain


The importance of grandparents to their grandchildren depends on one's culture. Tens of millions of grandparents now play roles of surrogate parents or assistant-parents worldwide. Our research has shown that their roles depend on the past and current social, economic, historical, geographical and cultural conditions of each country.

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Grandfathers: Uplifting the Western World’s Underestimated Role 50 Plus LIFE

David W. Shwalb and Ziarat Hossain


When we published a book about grandparents, Grandparents in Cultural Context, last summer, we made it a point to include grandfathers in our coverage.

In our opinion, grandfathers are far more underestimated than fathers (especially in the United States as a Western society), and today’s American grandfathers still face two important obstacles as a legacy of recent generations.

Here are some of the trends we found in our cross-cultural research.

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Fatherhood in Brazil, Bangladesh, Russia, Japan, and Australia Online Readings of Psychology and Culture

David Shwalb, Barbara Shwalb

This article illustrates that the roles of fathers are highly variable and context-dependent. Research data from five diverse societies (Brazil, Bangladesh, Russia, Japan, and Australia) show that fathers, fathering, and fatherhood differ within societies according to eight types of contextual influence. Examples are provided of each contextual factor: (1) geographical location (e.g., dispersion of fathers across huge land masses in Russia and Australia; impact of dense populations in Japan and Bangladesh); (2) long-term historical legacies (centuries of patriarchy in Brazil) and short-term historical events (fall of communism in Russia); (3) family characteristics (joint, extended families of Bangladesh; small Japanese families); (4) economic factors (high standards of living in Australia and Japan); (5) work-related conditions (long work hours in Australia; level of encouragement for paternal work leave); (6) societal norms and values (social expectations for Russian fathers to be disengaged and uninvolved); (7) ethnic groupings (homogeneity of Japanese; impact of Islam on Bengali fathers); and (8) patterns of immigration and emigration (emigration from Bangladesh; immigration to Brazil).

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Parents and Childcare in South Korean and Japanese Families Childhood and Adolescence: Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Applications

Jung-Hwan Hyun, Jun Nakazawa, David W. Shwalb and Barbara J. Shwalb

This chapter focuses on contemporary and traditional issues concerning parents, children, and families in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Japan.

Fathering Diversity Within Societies Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

David W. Shwalb and Barbara J. Shwalb

Written by an international group of eminent and cutting-edge experts, chapters showcase the burgeoning interdisciplinary approach to scholarship that bridges universal and cultural perspectives on human development. This "cultural-developmental approach" is a multifaceted, flexible, and dynamic way to conceptualize theory and research that is in step with the cultural and global realities of human development in the 21st century.

Courses (4)

PYS 3200 Psychology of Culture

This course is designed to deepen appreciation and understanding of cross-cultural research and its applications, and the influence of culture on various aspects of psychology.

PSY 3210 Infant and Child Development

A thematic study of human development from birth through childhood. The interaction of biology, mind, and environment on the physical, cognitive, and psychological development of children is explored. Contributions from evolutionary biology and cultural anthropology are included.

PSY 3220 Adolescent Development

A study of human development during adolescence and emerging adulthood. The interaction of biology, mind, and environment on the physical, cognitive, and psychological development with an emphasis on developmental theories and psychosocial issues.

PSY 3230 Adult Development and Aging

A study of human development during adulthood and aging. The interaction of biology, mind, and environment on the physical, cognitive, and psychological development with an emphasis on developmental theories and psychosocial issues.