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Shawn Kneipp

Associate Professor

Phone: (919) 966-5425
Specialty Area: Adult Health, Primary Care/Adult Health, Public Health and Community Practice, Women’s Health

Currently Accepting PhD Students

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 5012


Dr. Shawn Kneipp’s program of research focuses on the social, policy, and economic determinants that impact the health of disadvantaged populations – particularly in relation to welfare policy, employment, and women’s health.  Her early work focused on understanding the stress and health challenges faced by women as they tried to leave welfare and move into employment.  More recent studies have applied a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to develop and test a public health nurse case management intervention for women as they transition from welfare into employment, which resulted in positive health and employment-entry gains.  Based on recommendations from her CBPR partners and preliminary findings from the problem-solving work, she has extended this focus to examine the extent to which minor criminal offense history affects womens’ health by way of “collateral consequences” through welfare and labor market systems. Her recent intervention findings have been featured on AHRQ’s Innovation Exchange to promote implementation into practice settings. These and other findings from her program of research have the potential to impact policy at the national level to improve the health of disadvantaged women.

Dr. Kneipp teaches courses across programs and program levels, with an emphasis on PhD education and courses related to public health nursing.

2014 Inducted into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

2014 Appointed to the American Public Health Association Science Board

2011 Selected as a Thorp Engaged Faculty Scholar, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Public Service

2007 University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award

2006 University of Florida Faculty Superior Accomplishment Award, Health Sciences Center Division

Content Expertise

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Chronic Health Conditions & Employment Functioning
  • Welfare/TANF System Effects on Employment, the Management of Chronic Conditions
  • Models for Case-Management / Self-Management of Chronic Health Conditions
  • Primary Care/Public Health/Workplace & Other Community-Based System Integration to Extend Chronic Health Condition Case-Management/Self-Management to Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations

Theory & Methods Expertise

  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Ecological Models of Health
  • Transdisciplinary Team Science
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Modeling Dynamic Systems
  • Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) Methods for Collecting System Dynamics-Related Data
  • Conducting Focus Groups for Qualitative Data Collection
  • Dimensional Analysis of Qualitative Data

Select Journal Publications

Kneipp, S. M. , Leeman, J., McCall, P., Hassmiller-Lich, K., Bobashev, G., Schwartz, T., Gilmore, R., Riggan, S., & Gil, B. (in press). Synthesizing Marketing, Community Engagement, and Systems Science Approaches for Advancing Translational Research. Advances in Nursing Science.

Sheely, A. & Kneipp, S. M. (2015). The effects of collateral consequences of criminal involvement on employment, use of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and health: A research synthesis. Women & Health, April 23 (Epub ahead of print): 1-18.

Kneipp, S. M. & Beeber, L. (2015). Social withdrawal as a self-management behavior for migraine: Implications for depression comorbidity among disadvantaged women. Advances in Nursing Science, 38(1): 34-44.

Bekemeier, B., Walker-Linderman, T., Kneipp, S., & Zahner, S. (2015). Updating the Definition and Role of Public Health Nursing to advance and guide the specialty. Public Health Nursing, 32(1): 50-57.

Kneipp, S. M., Gilleskie, D., Sheely, A., Schwartz, T., Gilmore, R. M., & Atkinson, D. (2014). Nurse scientists overcoming challenges to lead transdisciplinary research teams. Nursing Outlook, 62: 352-361.

Kneipp, S. M., Beeber, L., & Linnan, L. (2014). The impact of headache on health-related job loss among disadvantaged women. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 10(5): 316-324.

Kneipp, S. M., Lutz, B. J., Levonian, C., Cook, C., Hamilton, J. B., & Roberson, D. (2013). Women’s experiences in a community-based participatory research randomized controlled trial. Qualitative Health Research, 23(6): 847-860.

Kneipp, S. M., Kairalla, J., Lutz, B. J., Pereira, D., Hall, A., Flocks, J., Beeber, L., & Schwartz, T. (2011). Effectiveness of Public Health Nursing Case-Management on the Health of Women Receiving TANF: Findings from a Randomized Controlled Trial using CBPR. American Journal of Public Health, 101(9), 1759-1768.

Kneipp, S. M., Kairalla, J., Stacciarini, J. M., Pereira, D., & Miller, M.D. (2010). A comparison of depressive symptom severity scores using the Beck Depression Inventory-II and the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 in low-income women. Nursing Research, 59(6), 380-388.

Kneipp, S. M., Kairalla, J., Stacciarini, J. M, Pereira, D. (2009). The Beck Depression Inventory-II factor structure among low-income women. Nursing Research, 58(6), 400-409.

Additional Publications at:


Research Gate -

Currently Funded Research Grants

Principal Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M. Testing the Effects of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) on Employment Outcomes among Lower-Wage Workers. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Special Interest Project 032. 09/30/2014-09/29/2017. $899,336.

Principal Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M. Modeling Criminal History Effects on Women’s Health. National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) #R21MD009563-01A1, 08/01/2014-07/31/2016, $411,174.

Principal Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M. Applying a Novel, Simulation-Based Dissemination Approach to Increase EBI Adoption Interest. NIH/UNC-Chapel Hill North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS). DIR11402, 07/01/2014 – 11/01/2015, $50,000.

Previously Funded Research Grants

Co-investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M. McDowell County Worksite Wellness Project. Kate B. Reynolds Trust. Principal Investigator: Linnan, Laura, #2014-143. 07/01/2014 – 06/30/2015. $27,500.

Principal Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M. Using Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) for Intensive Data Collection with Disadvantaged Women: A Feasibility Study. UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing Support Pilot for Advancing Research and Knowledge (SPARK) Grant. 05/15/2014 – 05/14/2015. $4,590.

Principal Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M. Social Problem-Solving Feasibility for Women in NC Work First. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute. #2KR281103, 07/01/2011 – 06/30/2012, $2,000.00.

Community Engagement and Research Core Member: Kneipp, Shawn M. University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Principal Investigator: Stacpoole, Peter, #1 UL1 RR029890-01, 7/2009-8/2010. $1,279,970.

Principal Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M., CBPR to Reduce Women’s Health Disparities thru TANF Study – Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), NINR #R01NR009406-03S1, 7/2007–5/2009, $230,730.

Co-Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M., PNI Relations Among Women with Endometrial Cancer During the Postoperative Period, National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI), Principal Investigator: Pereira, NCI # R03 CA117480-02, $100,000 (Direct Costs), 9/2006–8/2008.

Principal Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M., Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to Reduce Health Disparities Among Women thru TANF, National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Nursing Research, NINR #5R01NR009406-01A1 / 02, 9/2005–5/2009. $1,445,673.

Consultant: Kneipp, Shawn M., Psychosocial Treatment to Optimize QOL in ICD Patients, American Heart Association, Principal Investigator: Sears, 7/1/2003-6/30/2006, $120,000.

Principal Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M., Socioeconomic Status (SES) Determinants of Blood Pressure in At-Risk Women, National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)/ University of Florida College of Nursing Biobehavioral Research Center (BRC), 8/2002-8/2003, $16,165.

Principal Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M., Stress and Health in Women Leaving Welfare, National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), #R15 NR07732-01A1, 4/2002-4/2004, $143,983.

Co-Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M., Biobehavioral Research Center (BRC), National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), Nursing Research Exploratory Center Grant, Principal Investigator: Yucha, Carolyn, Pilot Core Member, #1 P20 NR07791-01, 7/2001-7/2004, $902,386.

Principal Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M., Assessing Informal Caregiver Burden in Low Income Women: A Pilot Study, University of Florida College of Nursing Intramural Grant, 1999-2000, $5,000.

Principal Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M., Insurance Coverage, Acute Care Utilization, and Health Promotion Activities among Low-Income Women: Implications for Women Leaving Welfare for Employment Using the MEPS Data, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), # 1 R03 HS10727-01, 1999-2000, $26,432.

Principal Investigator: Kneipp, Shawn M., Women Affected by U.S. Welfare Reform: Considering Health and its Relationship to Public Policy, Dissertation, University of Washington, Seattle, NIH/NINR National Research Service Award #1 F31 NR07046-01A1, 1995-1998, $14,008.