About

Morgan Shields, M.Sc., M.A., is a Ph.D. candidate and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism T32 pre-doctoral trainee. She received her M.Sc. in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and her B.A. in psychology from Kent State University. Ms. Shields currently researches quality and accountability of behavioral healthcare, with a particular focus on inpatient psychiatric care. She has been the lead author on nearly a dozen peer-reviewed papers that have been published in outlets such as Health Affairs, Psychiatric Services, and Medical Care Research and Review, among others. Notably, Ms. Shields is one of few health services researchers studying inpatient psychiatric care in the United States and her work is having impact. For example, her research motivated the Veterans Health Administration to conduct an internal investigation and implement an intervention to improve trauma-informed care in their eastern region inpatient psychiatric facilities, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health to publicly commit to revamping their critical incident reporting system. She has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2017 Rappaport Public Policy Fellowship through the Harvard Kennedy School, during which she worked at the Massachusetts statehouse on community mental health legislation. Ms. Shields will be on the job market during the 2019-2020 cycle and is ultimately interested in faculty positions at research-intensive universities.