Megan Stanton, PhD

Research Specialist, InCHIP (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My work examines the implementation and effectiveness of community-based interventions which operate at the individual, community, and sociopolitical levels to support the health and well-being of marginalized groups. I am currently the Director of Evaluation at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work’s SUSTAIN Wellbeing COMPASS Coordinating Center. This Center provides training and community-based grants to build capacity with organizations working at intersections of HIV, mental health, harm reduction, trauma informed care and healing justice. Other current projects include evaluating the effectiveness of a harm reduction-based smoking reduction intervention for people living with HIV and a study examining voting and advocacy engagement among staff and clients of a large community-based HIV service organization. For my dissertation research I analyzed the individual, community, and sociopolitical impact of a sex worker-led cooperative bank on sex worker well-being in Kolkata, India. I am currently an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.


2005, B.F.A, Acting, Marymount Manhattan College

2009, M.S.W, Casework, University of Connecticut, School of Social Work

2015 (April) Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice

Recent Publications


Featured Publications

Wong, Y., Stanton, M., & Sands, B. (2014). “Rethinking social inclusion: Lessons from the experiences of persons in recovery from mental illness.” Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84(6), 685-695.


Contact Information
Mailing AddressInstitute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy
2006 Hillside Road, Unit 1248
Storrs, CT 06269-1248