Year entered Program: 2016
Research Interests: Health and academic disparities faced by LGBTQ adolescents; school-based policies and programs focused on sexual orientation and gender identity; school social networks and social norms
Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa
Sarah is a doctoral candidate in NYU Steinhardt’s Psychology and Social Intervention program. Her research focuses on the ways in which schools can support the healthy development of LGBTQ adolescents. She is currently leading data collection in NYC for a national study of the academic benefits of participation in Gender and Sexuality Alliances, school-based clubs that bring together LGBTQ youth and their allies. Her dissertation work focuses on how characteristics of school social networks and students' experiences in those networks impact youth mental health, with a focus on LGBTQ adolescents. For her practicum, Sarah worked with GLSEN, a national non-profit that works to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.