Carrie Shelton, Ph.D.
Research Scientist


Carrie Shelton is a Research Scientist with the Safety and Security Division. With 15 years of experience in scientific research and analysis, her areas of expertise include homeland security and emergency preparedness; exercise and real-world event analysis; operational research and analysis; program and process analysis and improvement; data and statistical analysis; and systems analysis and engineering.

During her time at CNA, Dr. Shelton has led or supported the design and evaluation of more than 30 homeland security and emergency management exercises, including seminars, workshops, tabletops, functional, and full-scale exercises for local, state, academic, and national entities. She has also supported real-world event after-action analyses including sheltering operations for Hurricane Florence for Virginia; Hurricane Irma for Pinellas County, Florida; Washington, DC's support to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration; the United States' response to the 2014–2015 Ebola outbreak; and the 2013 Washington, DC Navy Yard shooting. Dr. Shelton has also developed analytical homeland security and criminal justice reports; analyzed large, complex data sets; developed surveys and data-collection tools; conducted needs assessments; developed guidance documents; supported futures planning efforts; and developed data analysis and visualization tools.

Prior to joining CNA, Dr. Shelton analyzed the functional implications of post-translational modifications of proteins, the interactions of proteins with DNA, and the interaction of proteins with pharmaceutical drug candidates. Dr. Shelton has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and a B.S. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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