Dr. Christopher M. Shea

Christopher M. Shea, PhD

Department of Health Policy and Management
Adjunct Associate Professor
Social Medicine
1104F McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB# 7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411


Dr. Shea and is an implementation researcher with training in the fields of organizational behavior and health informatics. He specific areas of expertise are assessing organizational readiness for change and supporting innovation champions in implementation efforts. More broadly, his research focuses on evaluating innovations within health organizations that are designed to improve quality of care. Many of these innovations involve information technology, such as electronic health records and telehealth. He specializes in mixed methods designs and qualitative methods.

Christopher Shea in the Gillings News

Research Activities

•    Implementation Science with a focus on assessing organizational readiness for change and supporting innovation champions
•    Telehealth adoption, implementation, and use
•    Mixed Methods Designs and Qualitative Methods

Key Publications

Organizational readiness for implementing change: a psychometric assessment of a new measure.. Christopher M Shea, Sara R Jacobs, Denise A Esserman, Kerry Bruce & Bryan J Weiner  (2014). Implementation Science, DOI:10.1186/1748-5908-9-7. PMID 24410955 PMC3904699, 20(7).

A conceptual model to guide research on the activities and effects of innovation champions.. Shea, CM (2021). Implementation Research and Practice, DOI:10.1177/2633489521990443. PMID: 34541541 PMCID: PMC8445003, 2.

Researcher readiness for participating in community-engaged dissemination and implementation research: a conceptual framework of core competencies.. Shea, CM; Young, T; Powell, BJ; Rohweder, CL; Enga, ZK; Scott, JE; Carter-Edwards, L; Corbie-Smith, GM.  (2017). Translational Behavioral Medicine, DOI: 10.1007/s13142-017-0486-0. PMID 28341897 PMCID: PMC5645278, 7(3), 393-404.

Contextual factors that influence quality improvement implementation in primary care: the role of organizations, teams, and individuals.. Shea, CM; Turner, K; Albritton, J; Reiter, KL.  (2018). Health Care Management Review, DOI: 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000194. PMID: 29533271 PMCID: PMC5976517, 43(3), 261-269.


  • PhD, Public Administration, North Carolina State University, 2008
  • MPA, Public Administration, North Carolina State University, 2004
  • MA, English, West Virginia University, 1998
  • BBA, Finance and English, James Madison University, 1995