Faculty and Staff

Shauna Carlisle

Assistant Professor

B.A. Psychology, University of Manitoba
Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of Washington

Office: UW1 334
Phone: 425-352-3377
Email: ske9902@u.washington.edu
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA  98011-8246


As an instructor I strive to create a classroom experience that provides the space for community learning. Therefore, I use group projects and simulations to promote classroom dialogue, and debate to foster critical engagement and interrogation of concepts presented in class.  Additionally, I strive to introduce multiple methods of instruction to address various methods of student learning.

Real world examples are used to illustrate how to analyze and problem solve, apply analogies to larger social justice questions and occupational responsibilities. I use group collaboration to develop a community of learning, collaboration skills, and opportunities for knowledge development from the perspective of a researcher. Classroom debates provide opportunities for critical discourse, engagement and interrogation of concepts presented in class, and to illustrate how to apply critical thinking to all arguments including one's own.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 226 Foundations of US Social Services
BIS 312 Approaches to Social Research
BIS 315 Understanding Statistics
BIS 488 Social Policy
BISLEP 302 Policy Analysis
BPOLST 502 Statistics for Policy Studies


My primary research focus lies within social epidemiology and the social demography of health. I investigate the intersection of race, ethnicity, and nativity, and its implications on population health. I am particularly interested in modeling the implications of racial discrimination and inequality generationally among foreign-born and native-born racial and ethnic minority populations. My analytic approach uses quantitative methods to elucidate the long-term impact of racial discrimination and inequality on population health. Long term research goals include extending these questions to infant and child mental health.

Selected Publications

Carlisle, Shauna (2014). Disaggregating race and ethnicity in chronic health conditions: Implications for public health social work. Social Work and Public Health, 29(6),616-628.

Carlisle, Shauna (2014). Perceived discrimination and chronic health in adults from nine ethnic subgroups. Ethnicity & Health, 1-18.

Carlisle, Shauna, and Jean Kruzich. “Increasing student and organizational evaluation capacity through collaborative community-based program evaluation”. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 13,4(2013): 68-84.  

Carlisle, Shauna. Nativity differences in chronic health conditions between nationally representative samples of Asian American, Latino American, and Afro-Caribbean American respondents. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 14. 6. (2012): 903-911. 

Beadnell, B. A., Shauna Carlisle, Marilyn Hoppe, Kristin Mariano, Tony Wilsdon, Diane Morrison, Betsy Wells, Mary Gillmore, and Darrel Higa.  The reliability and validity of a group-based measure of adolescents’ friendship closeness. Research on Social Work Practice, 17. 6 (2007): 707-719. 

Morrison, Diane, Erin Casey, Blair Beadnell, Marilyn Hoppe, Mary  Gillmore, Tony Wilsdon, Darrel Higa, Shauna Carlisle, & Betsy Wells.  Effects of friendship closeness in an adolescent group intervention. Prevention Science, 8. (2007): 274-284.