Shauna Elbers Carlisle

Shauna Carlisle


Associate Professor

Associate Director,
Master of Arts in Policy Studies

Faculty co-coordinator,
Law, Economics & Public Policy

B.A. Psychology, University of Manitoba
MSW., Administration & Policy, University of Washington Seattle
Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of Washington Seattle

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


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 448 Social Policy
BISLEP 302 Policy Analysis
BPOLST 502 Statistics for Policy Studies
BPOLST 510 Statistics Fundamentals for Policy Studies


My primary research focus lies within social epidemiology and the social demography of health disparities. I investigate the intersection of race, ethnicity, and nativity, and its implications on population health and well-being. Much of my research to date has focused on sub-group differences in chronic health outcomes among foreign-born and native born populations.  My recent research examines the relationship between adult health outcomes and biopsychosocial processes through the life course. I am particularly interested in modeling the effects of daily racial hassles from childhood through adulthood and its impact on adult health and social welfare.  I use quantitative methods to determine the long term impact of inequality and a biopsychosocial framework for evaluating the effectiveness of program and policy interventions.

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.