Dr. Laurie Shanderson PhD, MPA

Northcentral University

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Dr. Laurie Shanderson PhD, MPA

Northcentral University


Dr. Laurie Shanderson joined Northcentral University in 2016 as the Founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences. Prior to this inaugural position she served as Associate Dean and Assistant Dean in the School of Health Sciences at Stockton University.

Dr. Shanderson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Services from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Masters Degree in Public Administration/Health Administration from Pace University (New York) and subsequently a Ph.D. in Health Sciences/Health Administration from Walden University (Minneapolis, MN).

During her career she has worked at a variety of health institutions including health insurance organizations, non-profit health organizations, a research institute and most recently, institutions of higher education. Her background in healthcare includes distance education, program development, accreditation, cultural competence/diversity, utilization analysis, medical economics, quality measures and health administration/management. Her current research interests include cultural competence, interprofessional collaboration, and dimensions of diversity.

In 2015 Dr. Shanderson became a Presidential appointee of the Committee for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Affirmative Action at Stockton University and a 2015 Presidential appointee of the Stockton Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-Rehabilitation Act Steering Committee. In addition, she served the Institutional Representative for the New Jersey Women’s Network in Higher Education and University representative for the Atlantic/Cape May Workforce Investment Board. Recently named the Chair of the Atlantic County Council for Community and Justice, Dr. Shanderson is also a former Board member of the Atlantic County Chapter of the American Conference on Diversity and the Women’s Leadership Initiative of the United Way of Atlantic County.

Dr. Shanderson is the current Chair of the Cultural Perspectives forum for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and former Chair and Chair-Elect of the AUPHA Innovative Teaching Faculty Network. At AUPHA she is currently on the following committees Diversity with Inclusion, Corris Boyd Minority Scholarship Selection, and Annual Meeting Planning Conference Committees. In 2017 Dr. Shanderson will co-edit a special edition of the Journal of Health Administration Education (JHAE) with will focus on dimensions of diversity. Dr. Shanderson is a founding member of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Health Information Informatics Technology section as well as the current section Treasurer. She
is a proud graduate of the inaugural class of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10 x 10 Program (a Public Health Informatics training program conducted by the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) and The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)). Additionally, in 2015 Dr. Shanderson became of graduate of Harvard University Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) Management Development Program (MDP).

Teaching for many years, Dr. Shanderson was awarded Faculty Member of the Year (2012 – 2013) at Stockton University. She has also been awarded by AUPHA for Outstanding Engagement as a Faculty Network Leader in addition to being awarded the Outstanding Woman Award from Stockton F.E.M.A.L.E.S (Focused Educated Motivated Aspiring Ladies Empowering Society) and the Woman of Service Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (Pi Chi Chapter). In addition to being featured in Bonnie St. John’s book “Micro-Resilience: 5 Immediate Boosts for Focus, Drive, and Energy” (February 2017), Dr. Shanderson is also a member of several professional organizations including the Alpha Eta Society (The National Scholastic Honor Society for the Allied Health Professions), American Conference of Academic Deans and the
Black Doctoral Network. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and served as the Asthma Pre & Post Survey Coordinator for The National Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative (APMI) for two years. She is a proud member of The Links, Incorporated and currently serves as the chapter Strategic Plan Coordinator.

In her spare time Dr. Shanderson likes to spend time with her family, and two small dogs. She also likes to travel, cook, and run half marathons.