Shanahan receives Provost’s Engaged Scholarship Award

April 3, 2019

Dr. Meghan Shanahan

Dr. Meghan Shanahan

Meghan Shanahan, PhD, assistant professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected for a 2019 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for Engaged Research.

The award recognizes UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members who have performed extraordinary public service and engaged scholarship and/or enabled such service by others.

Shanahan, who also is a research scientist at the UNC Injury Prevention Center, was recognized for public health research that promotes child, family and population well-being in North Carolina, in collaboration with partner agencies from across the state.

Shanahan was nominated for the award by doctoral student Anna Austin, MPH, who studies maternal and child health at the Gillings School.

“As my academic advisor, Meghan has inspired me with her dedication to engaged scholarship and the way in which she collaborates with state and local partners to ensure that her research is aligned with and meets the actual needs of children and families,” Austin said. “In addition to conducting this work herself, she also is committed to training the next generation of academic researchers to pursue careers dedicated to engaged scholarship. I respect Meghan as a knowledgeable and skilled scientist, but also as someone who genuinely is committed to contributing to the well-being of children and families in North Carolina.”

The Carolina Center for Public Service, as sponsor of the award, hosted an April 1 ceremony at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center to honor Shanahan and other public service awardees.

“I’m so glad that Meghan has received this recognition; she is most deserving,” said Carolyn Halpern, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health. “Meghan has a strong history of community engagement and service, and that commitment is fundamental to her scholarship. Her work truly is making a difference for families in North Carolina.”

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