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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

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 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.