Sarah A. Stoddard, Ph.D.

Sarah Stoddard

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Assistant Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education

400 North Ingalls, Room 3344      Vcard icon
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5482

Office: (734) 647-0327


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

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
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2009
M.S., University of Minnesota, 1999
B.S., Nursing, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1994

Research Interests & Projects

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

Selected Publications

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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, 73(5)

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, DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2012.00786.x

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, DOI: 10.1007/s10464-012-9541-7

Stoddard, S.A., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2011). Association of interpersonal violence with self reported history of head injury. Pediatrics, DOI 10.1542/peds.2010-2453

Stoddard, S.A. & Garcia, C.M. (2011). Hopefulness and futuristic thinking in Latino immigrant youth. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing., 24, 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, 40(3), 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, DOI 10.1007/s10464-010-9387-9

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., DOI 10.1007/s10464-010-9383-0.

Professional Affiliations

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

Recent News Items

  • "Dr. Sarah Stoddard, University of Michigan – Online Peer Pressure," WAMC Northeast Public Radio, December 31, 2012
  • "Online Peer Pressure," Inside Higher Ed, December 31, 2012
  • "Teen Well-Being Spills Over Into Young Adult Health," Health Behavior News Service, July 19, 2011
  • "Head injuries in young people may be linked to more violent behavior," Los Angeles Times, June 02, 2011
  • "Head injuries linked to later violence," Reuters, June 01, 2011