Shannon Papalia

Shannon Papalia


Graduate Assistant

Shannon is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Health, focusing on Population Mental Health and Wellbeing at the University of Colorado Anschutz. She recently joined the team at The Evaluation Center as a Graduate Assistant, collecting data for the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant funded by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health.

Shannon received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut, where she is still a loyal UConn Women’s Basketball fan. Shannon has worked in various public health settings, ranging from interning at the WHO as a prevention intern, working as a Community Health Worker at an FQHC in Portland, ME, and now enforcing public policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is passionate about health equity, removing barriers to health services, and promoting mental health resiliency. With a passion for the outdoors, she has also worked as a trail guide leading high school students in trail maintenance in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and as a rock climbing instructor at various rock climbing gyms.

In her free time, Shannon loves to read all of the books she can get her hands on, mountain bike around state parks, rock climb with friends, and spend time with her niece and family.