Moreover, Shaffer conducted the first epidemiological study of child and early adolescent suicide using the psychological autopsy method at Maudsley. Shaffer is a President of the International Society for Research in Child, Adolescent Psychiatry and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
He was awarded McGavin Award and Itteleson Award by the America Psychiatric Association. Further Mr. Shaffer was charged by the National Institute of Health to develop a child version of the DIS for use in large field studies. In addition to his research and studies, he has contributed to the debate about the relationship between SSRI antidepressants and suicidal behavior.
Heading towards Mr. Shaffer personal life, Shaffer married Caterer Serena Bass and has two sons. But unfortunately their marriage ended on a sad note and the couple now live separate lives. After his divorce, Shaffer married his second wife, a journalist and an editor Anna Wintour, and has a beautiful daughter Bee and a son Charles Shaffer. Charles was Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Shaffer's second marriage lasted for about 15 years and are now separated.
Shaffer is actively engaged in research on DSM-V, on the determinants and triggers of suicide ideation, and on the categorization of suicide ideation and behavior in adolescents. As of 2016, Shaffer's net worth is estimated to be around $30 million.