Kate Shade

Associate Professor PhD, RN

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing--Case Management 

N772 Nursing and Healthcare Science for Advanced Nursing Practice
N606 Synthesis Requirement
N603 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
N564L and N129L Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Clinical

About Me

Dr. Shade has worked as a child and adolescent psychiatric/mental health nurse, a public health nurse and program coordinator of a teen parent program, and a school nurse/high school health teacher. She has taught in higher education since 2005 and has been with Samuel Merritt University since 2008.


Dr. Shade obtained her BSN from San Francisco State, selecting psychiatric-mental health nursing as her fifth semester specialty area. She obtained her MSN from Sacramento State, earning a school nurse services credential with a special authorization to teach health. She conducted primary research for her masters' degree, producing a thesis titled 'Siblings at Risk of Adolescent Paternity.' In 2012, Dr. Shade earned a PhD from University of California at San Francisco. Her qualitative dissertation is titled 'Father Identity Development among Youth Involved in the Justice System.'

Teaching Interests

Dr. Shade is interested in employing best practices in curriculum development and teaching with technology. She has also developed relationships with an extensive network of community health providers and has established effective clinical partnerships that benefit students in pre- and post-licensure programs. Dr. Shade enjoys teaching and mentoring students in research and evaluation.

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Shade conducts research with youth involved in the juvenile justice system. She has utilized qualitative methods to investigate adolescent father identify development among justice-involved young men. She has conducted several mixed-methods evaluations, including one of a cognitive-behavioral intervention titled 'Thinking for a Change.' Dr. Shade recently completed an extensive evaluation of a family therapy intervention, Functional Family Therapy, for youth returning from custody or out-of-home placement.


Flowers, A. & Shade, K. (in review). Evaluation of a multidisciplinary care coordination program for frequent users of the emergency department. Professional Case Management.
Pearson, G. S., Shelton, D., Shade, K., Bonham, E., & Fowler, N. C. (2016). Mental health needs of youth in juvenile justice: An executive summary. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 31(4), 330-331. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2016.11.006
Zou, J., Hampton, M. D., Shade, K, & Kaku, L. (2016). A bone health intervention for Chinese immigrants in Santa Clara County. Orthopedic Nursing, 6(4), 293-300. http://doi.org/ 10.1097/NOR.0000000000000369
Hampton, M. D. & Shade, K. (2015). The experience of commercial sexual exploitation in adolescence: A systematic review protocol. The JBI Library of Systematic Reviews. 13(8), 110-119. http://doi.org/10.11124/jbisrir-2015-2023
Raoufi, F. & Shade, K. (2014). Evaluation of nursing dysphagia screening tools among patients with stroke: A systematic review protocol. The JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, 12(10), 61-72. http://doi.org/10.11124/jbisrir-2014-1560
Bonham, E., Fowler, N.C., Pearson, G., Shade, K., & Shelton, D. (2014). Position paper: Meeting the mental health needs of youth in juvenile justice.   International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Washington, D.C.
Shade, K., Kools, S., Pinderhughes, H., & Weiss, S. J. (2012). Adolescent fathers in the justice system: Hoping for a boy and making him a man. Qualitative Health Research, 23(4), 435-449. http://doi.org/10.1177/1049732312470520
Shade, K., Kools, S., Pinderhughes, H. & Weiss, S.J. (2012) Choosing fatherhood: How teens in the justice system embrace or reject a father identity. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 29, 1-15. http://doi.org/10.1080/07370016.2012.670573
Shade, K., Kools, S., Weiss, S.J. & Pinderhughes, H. (2011) A conceptual model of incarcerated adolescent fatherhood: Adolescent identity development and the concept of intersectionality. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 24, 98-104. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-6171.2011.00274.x

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing
American Case Management Association

Community Service

Contra Costa County Probation/Juvenile Services

Honors & Awards

Scott Beamer Community Service Award