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Ashleigh Shields

Ashleigh N. Shields, Ph.D., MPH, is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University (in Boston) in the Department of Health Sciences Bouvé College and Department of Communication Studies. Dr. Shields has a Ph.D. in health communication and her MPH from Purdue University, focusing on family and community health. As a researcher, she aims to explore how social interactions (i.e., through listening and disclosure) affect how individuals perceive and value themselves and how social interactions can help prevent or aid in recovery from stigmatized health topics. She is also interested in education evaluation of stigmatized health topics. Dr. Shields also aims to implement what she has learned through her research and teaching to those within her community. The main courses Dr. Shields teaches consist of Interpersonal and Health Communication within the Department of Communication Studies, and Communication Skills for the Health Professions in the Department of Health Sciences.


Communication Studies


Ph.D. in health communication and MPH from Purdue University