With formal training in behavioral health and experimental psychology from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Shane Reader has experience developing and deploying studies in a variety of research domains, including: affective, behavioral, and cognitive psychology; health services, clinical outcomes, and program evaluation; functional and structural neuroscience; epidemiology and population sciences; and health disparities. These diverse lines of research all approach unified scientific questions, namely What mental traits predict health behavior and outcomes? Who’s falling through the cracks in the care cascade and how can we help them? and What interventions are the most effective at promoting adaptive health maintenance behavior?
The goal of this research is to produce evidence that underwrites reliable, practical, scalable programs and smart policy prescriptions that promote health and opportunity in Texas. Shane Reader’s experience translating research into practice includes managing high-impact disease prevention programs, engaging communities with health education and outreach, serving on organizations that shape health policy, and integrating the interests of diverse stake-holders tackling complex health deficits.
As the former Senior Project Coordinator for Epidemiology & Population Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, Shane Reader coordinated the development and deployment of programs that directly screen, treat, and guide individuals from at-risk communities; implemented lasting changes in local healthcare systems that persist after the lifetime of their original grants; and evaluated the healthcare needs and challenges endemic to our community.
Shane Reader serves as the Co-Chair of the Houston Viral Hepatitis Task Force, a coalition of clinical, scientific, and community-based organizations promoting screening, immunization, and treatment of Hepatitis in our community. The Task Force coordinates prevention efforts in Houston, advocates for evidence-based policy, and enhances the quality of life for those living with hepatitis.