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Megan E Shepherd-Banigan

Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Population Health Sciences
215 Morris Street, DUMC Box 104023, Durham, NC 27701

Overview


Dr. Megan Shepherd-Banigan designs research studies to improve the health, emotional well-being, and social functioning of adults with mental and physical disabilities. Her methods combine empirical approaches that address methodologically challenging research questions in health systems and policy research. Dr. Shepherd-Banigan uses large survey and administrative datasets to evaluate the impact of policies that support family members to care for adults with disabilities.  

Dr. Shepherd-Banigan won a VA Career Development Award from 2019-2024 and is studying ways to strengthen family support for veterans under-going traumatic stress treatment. She also leads a project that surveys family caregivers of Vietnam-era veterans who might be eligible for expanded support services under the VA Mission Act to evaluate program impacts. As co-investigator on an NIA-funded CARE IDEAS study (Terri Wetle, PI) , she is investigating end-of-life-care planning and well-being among dementia care dyads.  Finally, Dr. Shepherd-Banigan is leading a project in partnership with the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers to identify creative empirically-based approaches to support family caregivers. 



Current Appointments & Affiliations


Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2021 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments
Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy · 2020 - Present Duke-Margolis Institute for Health Policy, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications


University of Washington · 2014 Ph.D.