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. 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 and scholarship awards from many organizations, such as the Association for Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses and its Indiana chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Alpha Chapter, Indiana Public Health Foundation Public Health and Preventive Medicine, CTSI Translation to Practice Scholar, and Yale University School of Nursing Alumni Association. She has also served for many professional organizations, including 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), the Midwest Nursing Research Society (Research Interest Group Advisory Committee), and the National Science Foundation (grant reviewer). 

Selected Publications

Renbarger, K.M., Moorman, M., Mintus, K., Shieh, C, & Draucker, C. (2020, August 18 accepted). Barriers and facilitators to the formation of a trusting relationship between pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders and maternity nurses. International Journal of Childbirth. (in press).

Jones, A., Carter-Harris, L., Stiffer, D., Macy, J., Staten, L., Shieh, C. (2020). Smoking status and symptoms of depression during and after pregnancy among low-Income women. Journal of Women’s Health, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 49 (4), 361-372. doi:

Shieh, C., Khan, I., & Umoren, R. (2020). Engagement design in studies on pregnancy and infant health using social media: Systematic Review. Preventive Medicine Reports, 19, 101113, 1-12. (pub ahead of print).  doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101113

Cheng, H.U., Shieh, C., Wu, B.W., & Cheng, Y.F. (2020). A randomized controlled pilot study: The effects of acupressure on postpartum low back pain, salivary cortisol, physical limitations, and depression. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 40(1), 128-136. ISSN 0255-2922

Renbarger, K.M., Shieh, C., Moorman, M., Mintus, K., & Draucker, C. (2019). Healthcare experiences of pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders. Western Journal of Nursing Research. December 20, 2019. 10.1177/0193945919893372 (pub ahead of print)

Shieh, C. (2019). Prenatal weight management: What can care providers do to prevent maternal excessive gestational weight gain? Achieves of Women Health and Care, 2(5), 1-3.

Shieh, C., & Cullen, D.L. (2019). Mentoring nurse faculty: Outcomes of a three-year clinical track faculty Initiative. Journal of Professional Nursing, 35 (3), 162-169. 

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

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

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.