Sheila Isbell

Deputy Division Chief
Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

Sheila Isbell has fifteen years of software development and project management experience with research interests in health informatics, global health, and educational technologies. For the last seven years, she has focused on the research, design, implementation, and deployment of solutions that aggregate disparate data for vulnerable, high-risk, and transient populations, making these data accessible to the both the populations themselves and those who support them.

As a Computing Research Scientist in health informatics she has contributed to 46 technical reports for stakeholders such as the Georgia Department of Community Health; the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and the Kenyan Ministry of Health. My work was both technical and strategic in nature, focusing on solutions that considered policy, business processes, and organizational strategy as well as the technological environment. MS. Isbell has presented work at conferences such as the Society for Medical Decision Making, Information Communication Technology for Development, and the INFORMS Healthcare Conference. I have collaborated with Emory University, colleagues at Georgia Tech, Children's Hospital of Atlanta, local clinics, and state health departments.

As Software Project Lead of a $16 million dollar effort, Sheila oversees 34 researchers and 3 subcontracting companies designing, documenting, deploying, and maintaining software solutions for the personnel who serve military families. Previously, she led 8 sponsored research projects totaling over 1.5 million dollars. She directly supervised 49 researchers, 12 students, and 3 remote programmers and actively contributes to proposal efforts by authoring proposals, contributing to writing technical sections, performing as an evaluation team member, or materially supporting proposal leads. With Technology-supported health and wellness projects being a relatively new area in her organization, she consistently has submitted health and family-related external and internal proposals for the last 7 years in order to grow the area while partnering with other GT academic units, other universities, medical clinics, and state agencies.