Shelby's interests involve health policy and health disparities within the Native American communities in the United States. She worked with Rosalyn J. Watts, EdD and LDI Senior Fellow Eileen Lake, PhD, RN, on the Summit on American Indian Health Care, a joint venture between Penn's Schools of Nursing and Medicine. Following observations and research surrounding the conference, Shelby worked with Carolyn C. Cannuscio, PhD, on a project researching the roles of cultural sensitivity and perspective on the state and culture of Native American health. Shelby then plans to pursue a joint degree related to public policy and health. Shelby is a recipient of a 2006 Award for Excellence in Bioethics Writing (Second Place Prize), and her article, The Role of Bioethics in the International Prescription Drug Market, was published in the Penn Bioethics Journal (2:8-12, 2006).
Shelby completed her Masters in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, she worked as a Management Consultant for Alvarez and Marsal. Shelby is now working at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.