Shoshana R. Shelton

Shoshana R. Shelton
Senior Policy Analyst; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


M.P.H., The Ohio State University; B.A. in English, Denison University

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Shoshana R. Shelton is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on performance measure development, program evaluation, public health systems, violence prevention, infectious disease control and mitigation, and national health security. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications in journals and worked on numerous efforts for a wide range of federal agencies. Currently, she co-leads a project on data privacy and FOIA for the Office of Information Governance and Privacy in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and serves as project manager for RAND's master contract with the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. She also leads an after action review of the public health laboratory COVID-19 response. Her past work includes leading a multi-year project analyzing mass attacks and targeted violence for the U.S. Secret Service, conducting risk analysis for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear terrorist threats, leading the development of the National Health Security Strategy objectives on workforce and countermeasure delivery, working closely with the CDC to develop performance measures, and conducting a portfolio analysis of federally funded research on health security. Before joining RAND in 2007, Shelton was a program manager at the Office of Public Health Practice at The Ohio State University, where she conducted training for the public health workforce. Shelton holds an M.P.H. from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in English from Denison University.

Recent Projects

  • Targeted Violence Prevention
  • Continuity of Operations Planning for Public Health Laboratories
  • National Health Security Strategy Development, Implementation, and Evaluation Support Services
  • Developing Updated Legionellosis Guidelines for Western Pennsylvania
  • Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) and the Road Ahead: A Proposal for Assessment and Guidance

Selected Publications

Shelton, S., Nelson, C., McLees, A., Mumford, K., Thomas, C., "Building Performance-Based Accountability With A Limited Empirical Evidence Base: Performance Measure Development for Public Health Preparedness," Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 7(4), 2013

Parker, A. Shelton, S., Morganti, K., Nelson, C., "Assessing Relationships Between State and Local Public Health Organizations: Evidence from the NACCHO 2008 Profile of Local Health Departments," Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 18(2), 2012

Shelton, S., Connor, K., Uscher-Pines, L., Pillemer, F., Mullikin, J., Kellermann, A., "Bioterrorism and Biological Threats Dominate Federal Health Security Research: Other Priorities Get Scant Attention," Health Affairs, 31(12), 2012

Nelson, C., Willis, H., Chan, E., Shelton, S., & Parker, A., "Can the Federal Government Improve Community Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies? Lessons from the Cities Readiness Initiative," Health Affairs, 29(12), 2010

Greenfield, Victoria A., Shoshana R. Shelton, Edward Balkovich, John S. Davis II, and David M. Adamson, The Federal Voting Assistance Program and the Road Ahead: Achieving Institutional Change Through Analysis and Collaboration, RAND Corporation (RR-882-OSD), 2015

Parker, Andrew M., Brian A. Jackson, Angel R. Martinez, Ricardo Sanchez, Shoshana R. Shelton, and Jan Osburg, Exploring the Effect of the Diffusion of Geo-Targeted Emergency Alerts: The Application of Agent-Based Modeling to Understanding the Spread of Messages from the Wireless Emergency Alerts System, Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (EP-50878), 2015

Moore, Melinda, Shoshana R. Shelton, Updated Guidelines for the Control of Legionella in Western Pennsylvania, Allegheny County Health Department, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (EP-66197), 2014