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Jacqueline Wolak Shanks, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Clinical Assistant Professor

Family Nurse Practitioner

Department of Population Health Nursing Science

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

College of Nursing: 9th Floor


845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4543


Dr. Jacqueline Wolak Shanks' clinical scholarship focuses on:

Implementing developmental and autism screenings within primary care, schools, and specialty care settings. An estimated 15% of children in the United States have at least one developmental delay, yet less than one-fifth of those children receive early intervention services before three years of age. Early identification of developmental delay and autism screenings are essential because early interventions are effective in high-risk children and associated with improvements in cognitive and academic performance.

Evaluating the role of the advanced practice nurse in medical specialty settings. The 2020 goals developed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) include nurses practicing to the full extent of their academic preparation and training, nurses acting as full partners with physicians and other providers in redesigning health car and the development of better data collection to facilitate effective workforce planning and policy generation (Institute of Medicine, 2011). APRN clinics in specialized care may additionally contribute to the progression of IOM nursing 2020 goals of APRNs practicing at the top of their scope of practice and collaborating with other healthcare providers to provide high quality of care.

Advocating for the expansion of access to genetic testing. It is very evident that genetic studies of human disease have not captured the level of diversity that exists globally. The under-representation of ethnically diverse populations obstruct the ability to fully understand the genetic components of human disease and exacerbates health inequalities. Further, the lack of ethnic diversity in human genomic studies means that our ability to translate genetic research into clinical practice or public health policy is incomplete. Medical genetic testing is recommended by multiple medical organizations for everyone at different points in the lifespan. Yet, only a small percentage of people receive the recommended screening.

Dr. Shanks' clinical experience is in pediatric epilepsy and family medicine. She currently practices as a family nurse practitioner at UI Health in emergency medicine-COVID research.


Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MA
Doctorate of Nursing Practice, 2019

Chamberlain College of Nursing, Addison, IL
Master of Science in Nursing (FNP), 2015

Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2012

St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI
Bachelor of Science, 2010

Licensures and Certifications

Family Nurse Practitioner Certification, AANP

Advanced Practice Nurse License, State of Illinois

Registered Professional Nurse License, State of Illinois