Shannon Hennig



Shannon Hennig

About Me

Shannon Hennig is a health care professional and independent researcher with a special interest in patient-led projects and the co-creation of solutions to complex health challenges. A systems and design thinker at heart, she is a strong advocate for person-centered health care services, treatment and research. With a strong research background in maternal mental health, Shannon also brings significant lived experience as a patient to her work and this regularly informs her approach to problem solving.

Shannon is currently leading operational and policy work to address the opioid crisis in Alberta, Canada and is also the Program Director of the Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative, a PCORI funded Pipeline to Proposal initiative. Housed at the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative is focusing its initial work on exploring the efficacy of peer support in the recovery from a maternal mental illness. The Collaborative seeks to bring together moms with lived experience, researchers, health care providers and experts from private industry to create and sustain an online network of stakeholders that are ready and willing to be part of the research process as it relates to maternal mental health. Shannon holds a Master of Arts in Integrated Studies from Athabasca University and is a self-described stealth sociologist who loves to challenge health care providers and researchers with differing paradigmatic perspectives on health and illness.

Title: Program Director

Affiliation: Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative

Interest: Maternal mental health, patient-centered research, user design and testing, health technology, eHealth, mHealth and data analytics. For fun I love to cook, bake, travel, write and you can always find me with a good book accompanied by a glass of Pinot Noir.

Twitter: @shanie_jeanie


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