Ph.D. Student Profile

Sara Renee Abelson

Sara Renee Abelson, M.P.H.

  • Doctoral Pre-Candidate
  • Cognate: Higher Education


  • M.P.H., Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan (2008)
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Cornell University(2006)

Research Interests & Projects

  • Health inequality
  • Racial/ethnic disparities
  • Adolescent health
  • Mental health
  • Higher education
  • Impact of schools on student health and well-being (particularly among students of color and LGBTQ students)
  • Help-seeking

My research interests center around the mental health and well-being of adolescents and young adults. I am particularly interested in how school culture, climate, policies and programs impact health, help-seeking, and academic outcomes of specific student populations, such as LGBTQ students and students of color.