Shy Porter

Shy Porter

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, FMSC, Family Science
Academic Degree: 
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1228 SPH
Phone: 301-405-4015 |

Shy Porter is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Family Science. She first came to the department to obtain an M.S. degree in Couple and Family Therapy and decided to continue on to pursue the PhD afterward. During her time in the doctoral program, Shy participated in research both within the department and outside of it as a fellow at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 

Shy's research exists at the intersection of mental and reproductive health.  Specifically, she is interested in the impact of reproductive health issues (including infertility, gynecologic conditions that impact fertility, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and prenatal and postnatal complications) on women and men, individually, as well as on the couple relationship. Shy is also interested in the bidirectional nature of reproductive health and couple relationships; that is, she explores the ways in which reproductive concerns impact the couple relationship and the ways that dynamics in the couple relationship influence the reproductive health of both partners. Her primary demographic of interest is people of color, particularly African Americans.
 
Outside of school, Shy works in private practice as a licensed couple and family therapist in Bethesda, MD. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, cooking, reading, exploring new areas, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with loved ones.