Samara Scheckler

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Samara is a doctoral candidate in the department of public administration and policy at the University of Georgia. She conducts research on policies that impact long-term care and housing. She also studies the social determinants of health such as the effects of social capital, income and implicit bias. With a decade of experience in social work, Samara has a particular interest in community-based health care systems.


Ph.D. Public Administration and Policy, specialization in health policy

The University of Georgia

Expected 2019


Master of Public Administration, specialization in public policy

The University of Georgia



Certificate in Gerontology

Western Carolina University



Bachelor of Arts, major in psychology

Guilford College


Areas of Expertise

Health Policy
Long-Term Care and Housing Policy
Social Determinants of Health

Research Interests

Disparities in health outcomes and access to care

Impacts of long-term care and housing policy

Program evaluation