Area(s) of Specialization:
Racial and ethnic health disparities, structural racism and health, gender and sexuality, community-based and participatory research, qualitative and ethnographic methods, health literacy, medication adherence, chronic disease management and prevention
My research takes a mixed-methods approach to investigating the structural and contextual factors that produce health disparities. I use community-responsive and participatory research methods to understand the effects of social inequality on health. I seek to contribute to these research findings to community-driven responses to gaps in care and disparities in health status. My recent NIH-funded R01 study, the RxHL study (1R01HL120907), investigated the relationships among health literacy, culturally-variable health and medication beliefs, and health insurance formulary changes on medication adherence among diverse low-income patients with chronic illness. My research and teaching interests include racial and ethnic health disparities, gender and sexuality, access to health care, and the subjective experience of medication adherence.
As Director of the Center for Community Health Equity Research (CCHER), I aim to advance our understanding of health equity, cultivate equitable research partnerships with communities, and contribute to programs that increase the participation of people from underrepresented groups in health professions research and training programs. For more information about CCHER, please visit our webpage.
S.J. Shaw, J.D. Korchmaros, C. Huebner Torres, M.S. Totman, J.K. Lee. 2019. The RxHL Study: Community Responsive Research to Explore Barriers to Medication Adherence. Health Education Research 34(6): 556–568.
S. Shaw. 2018. The pharmaceutical regulation of chronic disease among the U.S. urban poor: An ethnographic study of accountability. Critical Public Health 28(2): 165-176.
S. Shaw. Governing How We Care: Contesting Community and Defining Difference in U.S. Public Health Programs. Temple University Press, 2012.
S. Shaw, J. Armin, C. Huebner Torres, K. Orzech, J. Vivian. 2012. Chronic Disease Self-Management and Health Literacy in Four Ethnic Groups. Invited paper for special health literacy supplement of Journal of Health Communication 17(S3): 67-81.
S. Shaw. 2010. The Logic of Identity and Resemblance in Culturally Appropriate Health Care. Health 14(5): 523-544.
S. Shaw. 2006. Public Citizens, Marginalized Communities: The Struggle for Syringe Exchange in Massachusetts. Medical Anthropology 25(1):31-64.