• National Catholic School of Social Service
  • Expertise

  • Research in the Areas of Substance Use Disorders and Mental Disorders
  • Health Services Research
  • Research in the Area of Sociology of Religion
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Bio

    Dr. Joseph Shields received his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from The Catholic University of America. Dr. Shields research areas include behavioral health services research, substance abuse and mental health disorders, and the role of religion in social and health services. Dr. Shields has held joint appointments with a number of federal government health agencies. From 2000-2002 he served as a research scientist at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). From 2007-2009 he served as a research scientist with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and from 2010-2013 he served as Senior Advisor to the Director at the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

    At NCSSS Dr. Shields teaches courses in quantitative research methods and social theory in the PhD program and research methods and evaluation of social service practice in the MSW program.

    Dr. Shields also serves as Co-Director of the Center for the Promotion of Health and Mental Health Well-Being.

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