Shenkman, Betsy

Professor and Department Chair, Health Outcomes & Policy
Director, Institute for Child Health Policy
Program Leader, Cancer Population Sciences, UF Heath Cancer Center

(352) 294-5966

Clinical and Translational Research Building
2004 Mowry Road, Suite 2245
PO Box 100177
Gainesville, FL 32610-0177


  • PhD, Educational Psychology (measurement and evaluation), University of Florida
  • MSN, Psychiatric Nursing, University of Florida
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Florida

Professional Biography

Elizabeth Shenkman, Ph.D. is the chairperson for the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy, the director of the Institute for Child Health Policy, and the co-director of the NIH-funded University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UF-CTSI). Dr. Shenkman’s research focuses on: 1) determining which combinations of health care delivery, community, and patient factors influence quality and outcomes of care; and 2) developing corresponding evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes. She is the lead co-principal investigator (PI) for the PCORI-funded OneFlorida Clinical Data Research Network, which is a statewide alliance of three academic centers and eight health system partners.  In her role as the co-director of the CTSI, Dr. Shenkman leads the Implementation Science Program, which develops strategies to promote the uptake of evidence-based best practices in health care settings.  Additionally, Dr. Shenkman is the PI of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-funded randomized clinical trial designed to examine effects of the combined use of health navigators and a flexible wellness account on cardiovascular disease risk reduction among individuals with co-occurring physical and mental health conditions. This project leverages large linked electronic health record, health claims, and laboratory data to examine patient outcomes.


  • Health Policy
  • Child Health
  • Health Services Research
  • Outcome Evaluations

Recent News



  • Li Z, Leite W, Thompson L, Gross H, Shenkman E, Reeve B, DeWalt D, Huang, I-C. (2016) Determinants of longitudinal health-related quality of life change in children with asthma from low-income families: a report from the PROMIS® Pediatric Asthma Study. Clinical & Experimental Allergy.
  • Lemas DJ, Yee S, Cacho N, Miller D, Cardel C, Gurka M, Janicke D, Shenkman E. (2016) Exploring the contribution of maternal antibiotics and breastfeeding to development of the infant microbiome and pediatric obesity. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. DOI:
  • Theis RP, Stanford JC, Goodman JR, Duke LL, Shenkman EA. (2016) Defining ‘quality’ from the patient’s perspective: findings from focus groups with Medicaid beneficiaries and implications for public reporting. Health Expect. doi: 10.1111/hex.12466
  • Thompson LA, Wegman M, Muller K, Eddleton KZ, Muszynski M, Rathore M, De Leon J, Shenkman EA; Health IMPACTS for Florida Network. Improving Adolescent Health Risk Assessment: A Multi-method Pilot Study.Matern Child Health J. 2016 Jul 12. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27406154
  • Shenkman E, Muller K, Vogel B, Nixon S, Wagenaar A, Case K, Guo Y, Wegman M, Aric J, Stoner D. (2015) The wellness incentives and navigation project: design and methods. BMC Health Services Research. 2015, 15:579 DOI: 10.1186/s12913-015-1245-x; URL:



Courses Taught

  • GMS 6852  Community Engaged Research/Implementation Science