Shenkman, Betsy

Professor and Department Chair, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
Director, Institute for Child Health Policy

Associate Director, Cancer Population Sciences, UF Health Cancer Center

(352) 294-5966

Clinical and Translational Research Building
2004 Mowry Road, Suite 2245
PO Box 100177
Gainesville, FL 32610-0177


  • PhD, Educational Psychology (measurement and evaluation), University of Florida
  • MSN, Psychiatric Nursing, University of Florida
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Florida

Professional Biography

Elizabeth Shenkman, Ph.D. currently serves as the Chairperson for the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics, the Co-Director for University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and the Associate Director for Population Science for the UF Health Cancer Center. In her research, she focuses on: 1) determining which combinations of health care delivery, community, and patient factors influence quality and outcomes of care; and 2) developing and implementing corresponding evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes, particularly among under-represented minority populations. Historically, the fields of implementation and improvement science and health disparities have not been optimally aligned to improve the health of all patients, including those at greatest risk for poor health outcomes. A significant part of Dr. Shenkman’s research combines the strengths of implementation and improvement science with those of health disparities.

The primary research designs for her studies fall into the categories of implementation science and pragmatic clinical trials. For both types of research, Dr. Shenkman leverages linked health care claims, electronic health record, tumor registry, vital statistics, and census data for cohort discovery, study feasibility determination, and to augment primary data collection activities. She is the PI for the PCORI-funded OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium, which is one of 13 clinical data research network sites comprising PCORnet. The OneFlorida partners are UF, Florida State University, the University of Miami, and health systems throughout the state that comprise a network of 1240 physician practices, 4,000 physicians, and 22 hospitals providing care for 10M Floridians. The Floridians in this network include vulnerable populations who are rarely or minimally included in traditional clinical trials (e.g., those of lower socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic minorities, children, and older adults). OneFlorida has a shared governance model that engages patients and community clinicians in the identification of important research topics and the design, conduct, analysis, and dissemination of research findings.

Dr. Shenkman is a Co-Investigator on an NCI-funded R21 focused on the use of health information technology tools in primary care combined with parent and child reminders to promote the uptake of the HPV vaccine among low-income boys and girls. This study leverages unique capabilities in working with large linked data sets from immunization registries, electronic health records, and health care claims data at the point of care to assist clinicians in identifying children for the vaccine.
Dr. Shenkman also is the PI of a U18 award funded through the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. The first phase of the project is designed to leverage electronic health record data to better measure quality and outcomes of care for children in Medicaid, particularly those who are receiving antipsychotic medication and hence are at risk for metabolic syndrome and other CV issues. The second phase of the project is designed to use the quality of care findings and implement evidence-based best practices in settings where these children receive care to improve their outcomes.


  • Implementation Science
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Health Care Delivery Research
  • Data Science

Recent News



  • Li Z, Leite W, Thompson L, Gross H, Shenkman E, Reeve B, DeWalt D, Huang, I-C. (2016) Determinants of longitudinal health-related quality of life change in children with asthma from low-income families: a report from the PROMIS® Pediatric Asthma Study. Clinical & Experimental Allergy.
  • Lemas DJ, Yee S, Cacho N, Miller D, Cardel C, Gurka M, Janicke D, Shenkman E. (2016) Exploring the contribution of maternal antibiotics and breastfeeding to development of the infant microbiome and pediatric obesity. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. DOI:
  • Theis RP, Stanford JC, Goodman JR, Duke LL, Shenkman EA. (2016) Defining ‘quality’ from the patient’s perspective: findings from focus groups with Medicaid beneficiaries and implications for public reporting. Health Expect. doi: 10.1111/hex.12466
  • Thompson LA, Wegman M, Muller K, Eddleton KZ, Muszynski M, Rathore M, De Leon J, Shenkman EA; Health IMPACTS for Florida Network. Improving Adolescent Health Risk Assessment: A Multi-method Pilot Study.Matern Child Health J. 2016 Jul 12. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27406154
  • Shenkman E, Muller K, Vogel B, Nixon S, Wagenaar A, Case K, Guo Y, Wegman M, Aric J, Stoner D. (2015) The wellness incentives and navigation project: design and methods. BMC Health Services Research. 2015, 15:579 DOI: 10.1186/s12913-015-1245-x; URL:



Courses Taught

  • GMS 6852  Community Engaged Research/Implementation Science