University of Missouri
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO 65211


Nursing Spotlight: Meet Shawna Shelton

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What’s your name?
Shawna Shelton

Where did you grow up?
Missouri most of my life

What is your position at the Thompson Center?
Nurse Clinician

How long have you worked at the Thompson Center?
It will be 11 years in October 2021

What is your role at the Thompson Center?
I work as a Nurse Clinician with an amazing group of nurses and social workers to support the complex medical needs of our patients and make sure that our families are not only linked to services through the Thompson Center, but also throughout the state. I spend time daily educating families on diagnoses, medication, and various therapies/interventions.

What got you interested in autism research?
I honestly knew very little about autism when I started working here. My really good friend worked here at the time and told me about the job and I needed a change. I have learned so much.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Thompson Center?
The families for sure! Every positive message that I receive from a family report makes me know that what we do here is meaningful to their lives. I love being a very small part of their amazing journey and watching their children grow into wonderful people! The Thompson Center staff are the lucky ones to be invited in to be part of their team for their children!!