Patrick Shannon, PhD, MSW

Social Work


  • Ph.D., Social Work with a concentration in Public Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000
  • M.S.W., Concentration in Health Disability, SUNY Buffalo, 1993
  • B.A., Health and Human Services, SUNY Buffalo, 1990

Professional Background

Dr. Shannon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at UNH. He brings expertise in policy analysis, advocacy, development and implementation. He was the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Partnership for People with Disabilities (formerly Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities). He supervises social work trainees and is Coordinator of the Policy sequence for NH-ME LEND. His publications and research focuses on the interconnection between developmental disabilities and child maltreatment, with an emphasis on the child welfare systems ability to respond to and support children with developmental disabilities. Currently, he is the chief evaluator for the development and implementation of a new Practice Model for child welfare workers for the NH Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).


The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine-Orono. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health.