Shields, John

John P. Shields, PhD, MSW, has led the implementation of many evaluation and research projects in partnership with local, state and federal clients. His projects have focused on evaluating the impact of school-based health and wellness programs; policies and programs that address children’s exposure to domestic violence; and the safety, health, and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

He is currently working with the San Francisco Unified School District to evaluate their large portfolio of federal and state grants and contracts; with the Oakland Unified School District on their HIV Prevention and Wellness Champion programs; and with the West Contra Costa Unified School District on their efforts to strengthen Title IX policies and procedures, train and educate staff and students, and evaluate the impact of sexual and gender-based harassment prevention and intervention. Mr. Shields has also led the evaluation of the San Francisco Wellness Initiative for the past twelve years, conducting research on the impact of school-based wellness services on academic performance, including the design and implementation of online service documentation systems that connect service utilization to educational outcome for econometric analysis of impact.

Current Projects

SFUSD – School Health Programs Department Evaluation Project
Oakland Unified School District – HIV Prevention, Wellness Champions
West Contra Costa Unified School District – Title IX


Shields, J. P. Cohen, R., Glassman J. R., Whitaker, K., Franks, H. & Bertolini, I. (2013) Estimating population size and demographic characteristics of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in middle school. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52 (2): 248-250.

Stone, S., Shields, J.P., Hilinski, A., & Sanford, V. (2013). Association between addition of learning support professionals and school performance: An exploratory study. Research on Social Work Practice, 23, 67-72.

Stone, S., Whitaker, K., Anyon, Y., & Shields, J.P. (in press). The relationship between use of school-based health centers and student-reported school assets. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Anyon, Y., Horevitz, L., Moore, M., Whitaker, K., Stone, S. & Shields, J. (in press). Risk behaviors, race, and use of school-based health centers: Policy and service recommendations. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.

Anyon, Y., Whitaker, K., Shields, J., & Franks, H. (2013). Help-seeking in the school context: Understanding Chinese American adolescents’ underutilization of school health services. Journal of School Health, 83, 562-572.

Shields, J. P., K. Whitaker, Glassman, J., Franks, H., Howard, K. (2012). “The impact of victimization on suicide risk among lesbian, gay, and bisexual students in San Francisco public schools.” Journal of Adolescent Health, 50(4): 418-420.

Shields, J.P. (2008). An evaluation of police compliance with domestic violence documentation policy reform: Improving the identification of exposed children. Best Practices in Mental Health, 4(1): 65-73.

Shields, J. (2006).”I tried to stop them”: Children’s exposure to domestic violence in San Francisco. San Francisco, CA: ETR Associates.

Card, J., Benner, T., Shields, J., & Feinstein, N. (2001, January 28). HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Archive: A Collection of Promising Prevention Programs in a Box.AIDS Education & Prevention, 13(1).

Sutphen, R., Risler, E., & Shields, J. (2000). Preliminary Validation of the First Offender Risk Assessment Index.Research on Social Work Practice, 10(1), 111-126.

Dzielgielewski, S., Shields, J., & Thyer, B. (1998). Short-Term Treatment: Models, Methods, and Research. In B. Williams, & K. Ell (Eds.), Recent Advances in Mental Health Research. Washington DC: NASW Press.

Kurtz, P., Tandy, J., & Shields, J. (1998). Narrative Family Intervention. In T. Holland, & A. Kilpatrick (Eds.), Working with Families: An Integrative Model by Level of Functioning. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.