Dr. Scheid is Professor of Sociology with joint appointments in Public Policy and Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has published widely on the organization and delivery of mental health care services with a focus on the work of mental health care providers. She has also examined the impact of a number of legislative mandates including outpatient commitment and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her most recent book is focused on community-based initiatives designed to integrate diverse systems of care for minority populations living with HIV/AIDS. She is currently studying state level mental health legislation in order to understand the impact of the current policy environment on mental health care.