Samara Scheckler

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration

Samara is a PhD student interested in health policy, program implementation and public decision-making. Samara’s research centers on the public infrastructure available to support older Americans, particularly in meeting their long-term care needs.

Samara’s vocational experience is focused in social work and she has practiced in both institutional and community-based settings.  As the program director of a private long-term care facility, she spearheaded the training and development needed to convert her assisted living to a memory care unit.  She has also operated state and federally funded community-based long-term care programs as both staffing supervisor and case manager.  In these roles, she has helped scores of participants access the resources to support a healthy and safe life in their residence of choice.
Throughout her career, Samara has worked with a wide variety of stakeholders including individuals with dementia, developmental disabilities and mental illness as well as with nonprofit organizations, public programs and local governing bodies.

  • MPA, The University of Georgia 2012, Public Administration and Policy
  • Gerontology Certificate, Western Carolina University 2009,
  • B.A., Guilford College 2002, Psychology
Of Note
  • POSTER PRESENTER (2015): Academy of Public Policy and Management, Accessing Medicaid Home and Community Support Waiver Services in Georgia
  • DISCUSSANT (2015): Academy of Public Policy and Management
  • MANUSCRIPT ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION (2014): Lewis, D., Scheckler, S., Older American Act of 1965.  The Sage Encyclopedia of Aging, ed. Harrington Meyer, M.
  • NOMINATED (2014): Pi Alpha Alpha National Public Administration Honors Society
    ACCEPTED (2013): UGA Graduate School Emerging Leaders Program
    INDUCTED (2012): Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Honors Society
  • AUTHOR, CO-AUTHOR (2012-2014): various reports for local governments in Georgia
  • FEATURED WRITER (2010): Flood Fine Arts Center Poetry Chapbook
  • QUALIFIED (2008-present): Developmental Disabilities Professional as recognized by NC Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services
  • INSTRUCTOR (2006-2008): North Carolina Interventions course
  • QUALIFIED (2003-present): Activity Director in the state of North Carolina
  • HONORS SCHOLAR (1998-2002): Guilford College, Graduate with Honors
  • AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP (1999-2002): Guilford College, Dana Scholar
Research Interests

Samara focuses on the planning and implementation of long-term care programs and policies, particularly at the state level.  Programs of particular interest include state plans on aging and state Medicaid long-term care waiver programs.  Samara hopes that her work will maximize programmatic impact and improve opportunities for sound public decision-making as attention turns to the needs of citizens in their latter third of life.