Carol Shieh, DNSc, MPH, RNC-OB, FAAN

Carol Shieh, DNSc, MPH, RNC-OB, FAAN

Community & Health Systems
Interim Chair, Associate Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 317-278-1575
Nursing E413, Indianapolis


DNSc, Yale University
MPH, University of Minnesota
MS, Kaohsiung Medical College
BSN, Kaohsiung Medical College


Dr. Shieh has a clinical certification in inpatient obstetric nursing and a public health background. Her research is focused on maternal and infant health. As a health promotion researcher, Dr. Shieh devotes her efforts to improve maternal health and reduce infant mortality specifically through prenatal risk identification and maternal health behavior change. She has studied maternal-fetal attachment of illicit-drug users and information-seeking behavior of pregnant women with various degrees of health literacy. Her current research is focused on weight management and obesity prevention in pregnant women. Her interventions highlight self-management and innovation. She adopts self-monitoring strategy and lifestyle intervention to empower pregnant women to take charge of their weight management. She and her colleagues also apply community-engaged approaches to identify high risk maternal biopsychosocial factors that contribute to infant mortality and deploy interventions to promote maternal health and reduce infant death. She has received Research Awards from the Indiana Chapter of the Association for Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Alpha Chapter and a Public Health and Preventive Medicine Achievement Award from the Indiana Public Health Foundation. She has served for many professional organizations, such as the American Public Health Association Maternal and Child Health Section's Greg Alexander Outstanding Student Paper session (co-chair, 2005-2010), Journal of Community Health Nursing (Editorial Advisory Board), the Association for Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (Research Advisory Panel, 2011-2012), and the Midwest Nursing Research Society (Research Interest Group Advisory Committee). 

External Funding

UL1 TR001108 and ISDH-14188 (07/01/2015 – 10/31/2017) Enhancing IHB-FIMR data to stimulate fetal and infant mortality reduction strategies in Marion County (PI-Academic partner)

IU Health/Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Grant Challenge grant (2015-2017) WeCare Indiana: Improving maternal and infant health to reduce infant mortality: mHealth and community ambassadors (PI: Litzelman; Co-I)

ISDH-14188 (10/01/2015-9/30/2017) East Central Indiana FIMR: Enhanced data collection and community collaboration to address local causes of infant mortality (PI: Umoren; Co-I)

RIF-2879101 Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness, IUSON (04/01/2014- 9/30/2015) Self-monitoring of lifestyle behavior related to weight gain in pregnant women (PI)

Selected Publications

Shieh, C., & Cullen, D.L. (2018, Nov 28 accepted). Mentoring nurse faculty: Outcomes of a three-year clinical track faculty Initiative. Journal of Professional Nursing. (in press)

Shieh, C., Cullen, D.L., Pike, C., & Pressler, S. (2018). Intervention strategies for preventing excessive gestational weight gain: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews, 19(8), 1093-1109.doi:10.1111/obr.12691

Shieh, C., & Drucker, C.B. (2018). Self-monitoring lifestyle behavior in overweight and obese pregnant women: Qualitative findings. Clinical Nurse Specialist: the International Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 32(2), 81-89. doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000355.

Chen, C.X., Shieh, C., Draucker, C.B., McBride, A.B., & Carpenter, J. S. (2018). Why women do not seek health care for Dysmenorrhea. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(1-2), e301-e308. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13946.

Shieh, C., Yang, Z., Haas, D.M., Carpenter, J.S. (2017). Feasibility and Potential benefits of a self-monitoring enhanced lifestyle intervention to prevent excessive gestational weight gain in overweight and obese women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 46, 182-196.

Scott, L., Shieh, C., Umoren, R., & Conard, T. (2017). Care experiences of women who used opioids and experienced fetal or infant loss. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 46, 846-856. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2017.08.006

Cullen, D., Shieh, C., Mclennon, S., Pike, C., Hartman, T., & Shah, H. (2017). Mentoring non-tenure track nursing faculty: A systematic review, Nurse Educator, 42 (6), 290-294. doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000000394

Shieh, C., Knisley, M.R., Clark, D., & Carpenter, J.S. (2016) Self-weighing in weight management interventions: A systemic review of literature. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 10, 493-519. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2016.01.004.

Mogos, M. F., Araya, W. N., Masho, S. W. Salemi, J. L. Shieh, C., & Salihu, H. M. (2016). The feto-maternal health cost of intimate partner violence among delivery related discharges in the United States, 2002-2009. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(3), 444-464. doi:10.1177/0886260514555869

Shieh, C., Weaver, M. T., Hanna, K., Newsome, K., & Mogos, M. (2015). Association of self-efficacy and self-regulation with nutrition and exercise behaviors in a community sample of adults. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 32(4), 199-211. doi:10.1080/07370016.2015.1087262

Hanna, K. M., Weaver, M. T., Slaven, J. E., Stump, T. E., & Shieh, C. (2015). Weight control behaviors among emerging adults with Type I diabetes. Diabetes Educator, 41(4), 444-451. doi:10.1177/0145721715581667

Steinke, M., Riner, M. B., & Shieh, C. (2015). The impact of cultural competence education on short term medical mission groups: A plot study. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 26(4), 268-235. doi:10.1177/1043659614527321

Shieh, C., & Wu, J. (2014). Relationships between depressive symptoms and obesity/weight gain factors among Black and Hispanic pregnant women. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 31, 8-19.

Shieh, C.m Belcher, A. E., & Habermann, B. (2013). Experiences of nursing students in caring for patients with behaviors suggestive of low health literacy: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 3(2), 75-85. doi:10.5430/jnep.v3n2p75