Morgan Shields

Associate Fellow

Morgan Shields, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Morgan Shields, PhD is in her second year of an NIMH T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently on the 2021-2022 academic job market.

Dr. Shields researches the quality and accountability of health care, with a focus on behavioral health services. The majority of her work has focused on the setting of inpatient psychiatry given the extreme power imbalances and vulnerabilities that patients face in these settings. Dr. Shields’ research agenda has three goals: (1) describe variation in quality of care across organizations and patients, (2) identify effective and equitable strategies in the inner- and outer-organizational settings to motivate and support the behavior changes needed to improve quality, and (3) examine the effects of policies and alternative payment methods on the use of evidence-based practices, quality, and outcomes. Her research has had impact at the national and local levels, and has been published in peer-reviewed outlets such as Health Affairs, Medical Care, and Psychiatric Services.

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