Nancy Shore, PhD


Nancy Shore, PhD, worked with CCPH in 2003 on an NIH funded project to identify the infrastructure required to support and sustain community-university partnerships. She returned to CCPH in 2007 as a Senior Consultant, working primarily on projects related to community-based research and ethical considerations. Currently she is Principal Investigator of CCPH’s NIH funded National Collaborative Study of Community-Based Processes for Ethics Review. The study aims to understand how community-based organizations’ research ethics review processes operate, and how they compare to institution-based institutional review board (IRB) processes. The intent is to generate recommendations for other community groups to strengthen or develop their own review processes, as well as to identify promising practices for assuring the ethics and integrity of community-based participatory research to community groups, researchers, institution-based IRBs, funding agencies and policy makers.

Nancy is an Associate Professor at the University of New England’s School of Social Work in Portland, Maine. Her primary teaching areas include human behavior in the social environment, research and community practice. Nancy strives to create opportunities for students to collaborate with different community groups as part of their coursework. At times this entails working with agencies to develop and implement evaluation strategies, as well as co-organizing community events to raise awareness. Nancy also has served on various ethics review committees and has conducted several studies related to the IRB process and the promotion of ethical research. Her other research activities focus upon the impact of theater on raising awareness and changing behaviors amongst high school youth.

Nancy received both her MSW and MPH at the University of Washington, with a focus on Maternal and Child Health. After four years working at Neighborhood House Head Start, she returned to the University to complete her doctoral degree in Social Welfare.

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