Dr. Laurie Shanderson, PhD, MPA, FACHE

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Dr. Laurie Shanderson, PhD, MPA, FACHE

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Dr. Laurie Shanderson is the Founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Northcentral University. Immediately prior to this inaugural position, she served as Assistant Dean and Associate Dean in the School of Health Sciences at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. 

Dr. Shanderson received a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Services from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master’s degree in Public Administration/Health Administration from Pace University (White Plains, New York), and subsequently a Ph.D. in Health Services Administration from Walden University (Minneapolis, MN). She is also a Fellow (FACHE) of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

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 interests include cultural competence, interprofessional collaboration, and philanthropy/fundraising and organizational strategic planning. 

In direct response to the COVID pandemic, Dr. Shanderson published the three-video series “Ramping up for Online Education and Instruction”. The highly viewed series resulted in her being invited as a panelist for the WIN - Women's Information Network - best practices for teleworking online event in April 2020.

Committed to professional and academic service, Dr. Shanderson was recently asked to participate on the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) Research Committee in addition to being appointed to the Board of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Dr. Shanderson also serves on the Board for the American Conference of Academic Deans Class of 2020. As a result of her service, she was appointed as the Whistle Blower for the organization.


Dr. Shanderson has also served as a member of the Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) Task Force for US News and World Report Rankings and the CAHME Task Force for interrater reliability in Accreditation Site Review.


Dr. Shanderson was a Presidential appointee of the Committee for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Affirmative Action at Stockton University and 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 Interprofessional Education (IPE) forum for AUPHA and has also served as the Chair of the Cultural Perspectives Forum and Chair and Chair-Elect of the AUPHA Innovative Teaching Faculty forum. At AUPHA she is currently on the following committees: Graduate Meeting Planning, Diversity with Inclusion, and the Corris Boyd Minority Scholarship Selection. In the past, she served on the Annual Meeting Planning Conference Committee. In 2017 Dr. Shanderson co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Health Administration Education (JHAE) which focused on dimensions of diversity. In the same year, she became a member of the Online Program Director CAHME Standards Committee Taskforce. 

Dr. Shanderson is a founding member of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Health Information Informatics Technology section. In the past, she served as the section Treasurer and now serves as a section councilor. Dr. Shanderson is also 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)). 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 recognized as 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 serving a subject in Bonnie St. John’s book “Micro-Resilience: 5 Immediate Boosts for Focus, Drive, and Energy” (February 2017).