Here is a link to my CV:  Shields_CV_9.2.17

I am a Ph.D. student and a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism pre-doctoral trainee at Brandeis’ Heller School for Social Policy and Management. I research quality of inpatient psychiatric facilities, the consumer experience, and accountability mechanisms. Recently I have been expanding my interests, with projects focused on primary care for the behavioral health population. I received my Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Kent State University, Honors College, in 2014, and my Master of Science in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2016.

My research on quality of inpatient psychiatric care has mobilized action at both the federal and state level. A paper I co-authored with my mentor, Dr. Meredith Rosenthal, assessing variation in performance on The Joint Commission’s Hospital-Based Inpatient Psychiatric Services core measures was responded to by the Deputy Under Secretary for Organizational Excellence at the Veteran’s Health Administration as well as The Joint Commission. In 2017, during a Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Fellowship, I authored a 52-page report on the quality of inpatient psychiatric facilities in the state of Massachusetts using CMS’ IPFQR measures. This report was responded to by the Commissioner of Mental Health, the Secretary for Health and Human Services, as well as by MassHealth’s Office of Behavioral Health (the state’s Medicaid office) and has informed a rapidly evolving pay-for-performance intervention, which I have had the honor of serving as an informal consultant on.

In the past, I have enjoyed consulting with DMA Health Strategies and NASDDDS, and I am a proud alum of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, Pacific Region.