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Shawnda Schroeder, PhD - Bio Sketch

Dr. Shawnda Schroeder is an associate director for research and evaluation for the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at UND. Shawnda participates in rural health research, directs state program evaluation, and supervises graduate student internship and practicum experiences at the CRH.

Shawnda serves as principal investigator of the Rural Health Research Gateway, a website that provides access to publications and projects funded through the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Under the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Shawnda provides training on rural mental health, leads web content development, and conducts research on stigma as well as mental health training needs. She also serves as the rural and technology transfer lead for the Behavioral Health Bridge; a website developed to address community behavioral health needs. Shawnda's research interests include healthcare access, health disparities, workforce, and oral health.

Shawnda is the lead for several oral health studies, serving on statewide and national oral health coalitions and workgroups. She is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Rural Health, and is an elected member of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences' Research Committee. She chairs the Mental Health Workforce Development Working Group through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Before joining the CRH, Shawnda worked for the Traill District Health Unit as a tobacco prevention and control coordinator serving rural counties in North Dakota. She has a doctoral degree in teaching and learning with an emphasis in higher education and a master's degree in sociology from UND; she is also a certified Health Information Technology Workflow Redesign Specialist.

Established in 1980, the CRH is one of the nation’s most experienced rural health organizations. It has developed a full complement of programs to assist researchers, educators, policymakers, healthcare providers, and most important, rural residents to address changing rural environments by identifying and researching rural health issues, analyzing health policy, strengthening local capabilities, developing community-based alternatives, and advocating for rural concerns.