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Sara Abelson, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Urban Health and Population Science

Sara Abelson
About Me

Research Interests

  • Adolescent and young adult mental health
  • Health equity
  • Social determinants of health
  • Structural and systemic drivers of health inequities and structural and policy interventions for advancing health equity
  • School settings as
    • 1) influencers of youth and young adult health and health equity and
    • 2) opportunities for intervening to promote health, health equity, and wellbeing
  • Psychological interventions for improving mental health and student success
  • Bridging research, policy, and practice in higher education to reduce inequities
Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • PhD, School of Public Health University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • MPH, School of Public Health University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


  • Association of American Colleges & Universities, Future Leaders Society
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American College Health Association
  • Consortium of Higher Education LGBTQ Resource Professionals
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education

Honors & Awards

  • K. Patricia Cross Future Leader Award, American Association of Colleges & Universities
  • Angus Campbell Scholar Award, Institute for Social Research
  • Best Paper in Child Health Policy, Child Health Evaluation & Research Center
  • Lewis Barbato Award, American College Health Association
  • Susan Lipschhutz Award, University of Michigan
  • George Orley Mental Health Advocate Award
  • Quantitative Methods of Social Research Training Award, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
  • Margaret Dow Towsley Scholar Award, Center for the Education of Women+
  • Cornell University David Moriah Leadership Award

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