Faculty Profile

Sarah A. Stoddard, PhD

Sarah A. Stoddard, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
  • Assistant Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
  • 400 North Ingalls, Room 3344
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5482

Dr. Stoddard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health. Her research interests include understanding the interaction between individual factors and social and environmental factors (e.g., poverty, relationships, neighborhood characteristics), and how together they shape the psychosocial development and health trajectories of at-risk urban youth; and the application of behavioral and ecological approaches to prevent risk behaviors in youth. Dr. Stoddard completed her MS and PhD at the University of Minnesota and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Promotion/Risk Reduction Interventions with Vulnerable Populations in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan. Her career has focused on promoting the health and well-being of youth living in communities characterized by substantial health and social disparities, and includes professional experience as a local public health nurse focused on maternal-child health, a nurse practitioner in community- and school-based clinics, and the State Adolescent Health Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health.

  • NINR T-32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Health Promotion/Risk Reduction Interventions with Vulnerable Populations, University of Michigan, 2009-2011
  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 2009
  • M.S., University of Minnesota, 1999
  • B.S., Nursing, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1994

Youth violence; role of social and environmental factors in adolescent health and well-being; resiliency; adolescent substance use.

  • Stoddard, S.A., Bauermeister, J. A., Gordon-Messer, D., Johns, M., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2012). Permissive Norms and Young Adults' Alcohol and Marijuana Use: The Role of Online Communities. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
  • Stoddard, S.A., Zimmerman, M.A., & Bauermeister, J.A. (2012). The effects of cumulative risks and promotive factors on violent behavior among urban adolescents: A longitudinal analysis of resiliency theory. Journal of Research on Adolescence.
  • Stoddard, S.A., Whiteside, L., Zimmerman, M.A., Walton, M.A., Cunningham, R., & Chermack, S.T. (2012). The relationship between cumulative risk and promotive factors and violent behavior among urban adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology.
  • Stoddard, S.A., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2011). Association of interpersonal violence with self reported history of head injury. Pediatrics.
  • Stoddard, S.A. & Garcia, C.M. (2011). Hopefulness and futuristic thinking in Latino immigrant youth. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 216-22.
  • Stoddard, S.A., Henly, S.J., Sieving, R.E., & Bolland, J. (2010). Social connections, trajectories of hopelessness and serious violence in impoverished urban youth. Journal of Youth & Adolescence 278-29.
  • Stoddard, S.A., McMorris, B., & Sieving, R.E. (2010). Do social contexts and hope matter in predicting early adolescent violence. American Journal of Community Psychology.
  • Stoddard, S.A., Zimmerman, M.A., & Baurmeister, J. (2010). A longitudinal study of future orientation and violent behaviors among African American youth. American Journal of Community Psychology..

  • 1998-Present: Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • 2006-Present: Society for Research on Adolescence
  • American Public Health Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau International