The Center is delighted to welcome our Deputy Director of Practice Transformation, Anita Morris, MSN, FNP-BC, and a leader in our evaluation work, Chris Sheldrick, PhD.
Morris is a certified family nurse practitioner whose focus of clinical practice has always been in the safety net, working in community health centers with underserved populations. In 2001, Morris joined East Boston Neighborhood Health Center where she led the development of new approaches to clinical care including patient‐centered medical home practice design and integrated behavioral health care, a patient flow redesign of the on-site Satellite Emergency Facility, and the establishment of specialized programs for at-risk individuals including the Chronic Disease Education and Management Department and the Senior Care Options program. She eventually served as the health center’s Chief Operating Officer until 2014. Morris has also provided independent consulting services on various topics, including clinical model design, health care payment reform and workforce development, including training community health workers on team-based care, care coordination and client advocacy. Morris joined Boston Medical Center in 2019 as director of practice transformation for TEAM UP for Children.
Sheldrick is a research psychologist and an associate professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. He received his bachelor of arts from Brown University and his doctor of philosophy in clinical psychology from Temple University. Sheldrick’s research focusses on the mental health of children and their families with a particular emphasis on optimizing community-based screening and interventions. Collaborating with pediatrician Ellen Perrin, MD, Sheldrick helped to create the Survey of Wellbeing of Young Children (www.theSWYC.org), a freely-available comprehensive screening instrument for young children. Sheldrick’s current research is directed toward improving systems of care, both through pragmatic research on real-world interventions such as parent-mediated treatments, family navigation and integrated behavioral health care, and by methodological innovations to improve use of research evidence through systems science and community engagement.