Kate Shade

Associate Professor PhD, RN

Programs and Courses Taught

Master of Science in Nursing--Case Management 

  • N601 Integrating Evidence into Practice
  • N772 Nursing and Healthcare Science for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • N606 The Directed Synthesis
  • N603 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • N564L and N129L Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Clinical
  • N170 and N475/N475L Community/Public Health Nursing and Clinical

About Me

I have 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. I started teaching in high school and transitioned to higher education in 2005. I have been with Samuel Merritt University since 2008.


I obtained my BSN from San Francisco State, selecting psychiatric-mental health nursing as my specialty area for the 5th semester. I obtained an MSN from Sacramento State, earning a school health services credential with a special authorization to teach health. I conducted primary research for the masters' degree, producing a thesis titled Siblings at Risk of Adolescent Paternity. In 2012, I earned a PhD from the University of California at San Francisco. My qualitative dissertation is titled Father Identity Development among Youth Involved in the Justice System.

Teaching Interests

I am interested in employing best practices in curriculum development and teaching with technology. I have also developed relationships with an extensive network of community health providers and have established effective clinical partnerships that benefit students in pre-and post-licensure programs. I especially enjoy teaching and mentoring students in research, quality improvement, and program evaluation.

Scholarly Interests

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


Nickerson-Yun, G. & Shade, K. (2021). Effect of increasing physical activity on cognitive function in individuals with mild cognitive impairment: A knowledge translation to practice pilot project. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 47(5), 14-18. https:doi.org/10.3928/00989134-20210401-01 

Taylor, R., Shade, K. Lowry, S.J., & Ahrens, K. (2019). Evaluation of reproductive health education in transition-age youth. Children and Youth Services Review. [online] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104530 

Flowers, A. & Shade, K. (2019). Evaluation of a multidisciplinary care coordination program for frequent users of the emergency department. Professional Case Management. 24(5), 230-239. https://doi.org/10.1097/NCM.0000000000000368 

Valenta, T., Shade, K., & Lieggi, M. (2018). Experiences of transgender individuals when accessing health care: A qualitative systematic review protocol. JBI Evidence Synthesis, 16(3), 628-634. https://doi.org/10.11124/jbisrir-2017-003438 

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. https://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

I have provided program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation services to Contra Costa and Yolo County Probation/Juvenile Justice Services

Honors & Awards

Scott Beamer Community Service Award