Radley Sheldrick

Radley Christopher Sheldrick, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Chris Sheldrick’s research focuses on the science and practice of screening and clinical decision making, spanning from instrument development to implementation and evaluation of screening protocols. Collaborating with Dr. Ellen Perrin, Dr. Sheldrick helped to create the Survey of Wellbeing of Young Children (www.theSWYC.org), a freely-available comprehensive screening instrument for young children. Together, they are now completing a study comparing the accuracy of several developmental and behavioral screening instruments that are prominently used in pediatrics. In addition, Dr. Sheldrick has received training in systems science and decision analysis through a KM1 fellowship. Dr. Sheldrick's current research applies these methods with the goal of helping clinicians improve identify and help children with developmental and behavioral problems in a range of community settings.


  • 2004 - Temple University, PhD Field of Study: Clinical/Counseling Psychology
  • 2002 - Temple University, MA Field of Study: Clinical/Counseling Psychology
  • 1993 - Brown University, BA Field of Study: History

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH786


  • Published on 3/22/2021

    Petruccelli M, Ramella L, Schaefer AJ, Sheldrick RC, Carter AS, Eisenhower A, Broder-Fingert S, Mackie TI. A Taxonomy of Reported Harms in Pediatric Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening: Provider and Parent Perspectives. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 Mar 22. PMID: 33751375.

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  • Published on 3/11/2021

    Mackie TI, Schaefer AJ, Hyde JK, Leslie LK, Bosk EA, Fishman B, Sheldrick RC. The decision sampling framework: a methodological approach to investigate evidence use in policy and programmatic innovation. Implement Sci. 2021 Mar 11; 16(1):24. PMID: 33706785.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Spencer AE, Oblath R, Sheldrick RC, Ng LC, Silverstein M, Garg A. Social Determinants of Health and ADHD Symptoms in Preschool-Age Children. J Atten Disord. 2021 Mar 01; 1087054721996458. PMID: 33641514.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Eisenhower A, Martinez Pedraza F, Sheldrick RC, Frenette E, Hoch N, Brunt S, Carter AS. Multi-stage Screening in Early Intervention: A Critical Strategy for Improving ASD Identification and Addressing Disparities. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 Mar; 51(3):868-883. PMID: 32144605.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Mackie TI, Schaefer AJ, Ramella L, Carter AS, Eisenhower A, Jimenez ME, Fettig A, Sheldrick RC. Understanding How Parents Make Meaning of Their Child's Behaviors During Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Longitudinal Qualitative Investigation. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 Mar; 51(3):906-921. PMID: 32328857.

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  • Published on 2/25/2021

    Grant GG, Brady KJS, Stoddard FJ, Meyer WJ, Romanowski KS, Chang PH, Painting LE, Fowler LA, Nelson JK, Patel KF, Sheldrick RC, Carter A, Sheridan RL, Slavin MD, Warner P, Palmieri TL, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Measuring the impact of burn injury on the parent-reported health outcomes of children 1-to-5 years: Item pool development for the Preschool1-5 Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (LIBRE) Profile. Burns. 2021 Feb 25. PMID: 33832799.

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  • Published on 11/1/2020

    Walkey AJ, Sheldrick RC, Kashyap R, Kumar VK, Boman K, Bolesta S, Zampieri FG, Bansal V, Harhay MO, Gajic O. Guiding Principles for the Conduct of Observational Critical Care Research for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemics and Beyond: The Society of Critical Care Medicine Discovery Viral Infection and Respiratory Illness Universal Study Registry. Crit Care Med. 2020 11; 48(11):e1038-e1044. PMID: 32932348.

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  • Published on 10/30/2020

    Zuckerman KE, Broder-Fingert S, Sheldrick RC. To reduce the average age of autism diagnosis, screen preschoolers in primary care. Autism. 2021 02; 25(2):593-596. PMID: 33126817.

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  • Published on 9/14/2020

    Hickey E, Sheldrick RC, Kuhn J, Broder-Fingert S. A commentary on interpreting the United States preventive services task force autism screening recommendation statement. Autism. 2021 02; 25(2):588-592. PMID: 32921149.

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  • Published on 8/11/2020

    Raphael JL, Bloom SR, Chung PJ, Guevara JP, Jacobson RM, Kind T, Klein M, Li ST, McCormick MC, Pitt MB, Poehling KA, Trost M, Sheldrick RC, Young PC, Szilagyi PG. Racial Justice and Academic Pediatrics: A Call for Editorial Action and Our Plan to Move Forward. Acad Pediatr. 2020 Nov - Dec; 20(8):1041-1043. PMID: 32791317.

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