Susan Shapiro PhD

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Research & Evaluation: Susan Shapiro RN PhD

Dr. Susan Shapiro is a career health services researcher. She was recruited from the University of California San Francisco to Emory in 2010 where she focused on strengthening the academic-practice partnership between Emory Healthcare Nursing and faculty and staff at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She accomplished this through a variety of positions in both Emory Healthcare Nursing and at the School, demonstrating her deep understanding of the culture and operations in both complex systems. This includes critical partnerships with the Emory Healthcare inpatient nursing, Emory Healthcare clinics, and Emory’s School of Medicine. At Emory Dr. Shapiro was a key force in collaborations with GA Tech, where she holds an adjunct appointment as research professor in the College of Architecture. Through her partnership with GA Tech, she has been a supporting faculty member in the popular Health Care Design of the Future class that attracts students across colleges and departments at GA Tech.

ACU Experience

Dr. Shapiro has nearly 4 years of experience evaluating the Accountable Care Unit model of care at Emory Healthcare through a federally funded grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.


Dr. Shapiro’s scholarship is directed toward implementing evidence into practice, including practice-based discovery, implementation science, and program evaluation. She has published extensively on a wide variety of topics including emergency nursing, health systems, clinically-based nursing research, and clinical decision tool development and evaluation. Since joining Emory in 2010, Dr. Shapiro has demonstrated her adeptness at launching academic and clinical partnerships for the School of Nursing. Within Emory, these include critical partnerships with Emory Healthcare nursing, Emory Healthcare clinics, and Emory’s School of Medicine. She has also been a key force in developing synergistic projects with GA Tech, where she holds an adjunct appointment as clinical professor in the College of Architecture, and in that capacity, with Phillips Lighting and Hill-Rom Corporation.