Meghan Shanahan, PhD
Dr. Shanahan is a research assistant professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health and a research scientist at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center.
The underlying motivation for Dr. Shanahan’s research is to improve the health and developmental trajectories of children. Her research focuses on adverse events that potentially influence these trajectories and prevent children from realizing their full potential. Child maltreatment is one obvious insult to the health and development of children and, therefore, documenting the magnitude, etiology, and impact of child maltreatment has been a focus of Dr. Shanahan’s work. Examining prevention strategies to reduce child abuse and neglect has become another main focal point of her research. She has evaluated prevention strategies at both the family and the policy level in North Carolina. Dr. Shanahan is also interested in examining the impact of prescription and illicit opioid use on parenting and, subsequently, child development, as well as the effects of experiencing intimate partner violence. She is also committed to translating research into tangible products and policies that have an impact on children and families.
Honors and Awards
2015, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health
MHCH625 - Injury as a Public Health Problem
Prescription opioid use among young parents in the United States. Results from the National Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. Austin A, Shanahan ME (1970). Pain Medicine.
Longitudinal investigation of the relationship between maternal intimate partner violence and subsequent child maltreatment. Parrish JW, Arvidson J, Lanier P, Shanahan M. (2016). Child Maltreatment, 21(1), 26-36.
Effectiveness of a statewide abusive head trauma prevention program in North Carolina. Zolotor AJ, Runyan DK, Shanahan M, Durrance CP, Nocera M, Sullivan K, et al. (2015). JAMA Pediatrics, 169(12), 1126-31.
The process evaluation of a statewide abusive head trauma program. Shanahan ME, Fleming P, Nocera M, Sullivan K, Murphy R, Zolotor A. (2014). Eval Program Plann, 47.
National, regional, and state abusive head trauma (AHT): Application of the CDC coding algorithm. Shanahan ME, Zolotor AJ, Parrish JW, Barr RG, Runyan DK. (2013). Pediatrics, 132.
PhD, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2010
MPH, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2006
BA, Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2001