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Sarah Lowe, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Sarah Lowe, PhD



Sarah Lowe, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Yale School of Public Health, with secondary appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Nursing. Her research focuses on the long-term mental health consequences of a range of potentially traumatic events, as well as the impact of such events on other domains of functioning, such as physical health, social relationships, and economic wellbeing. Her work explores the mechanisms leading from trauma exposure to symptoms, and the role of factors at various ecological levels – from genetics to neighborhoods – in shaping risk and resilience. She uses a range of methodologies to achieve her research aims, including structural equation modeling, latent growth curve analysis, geospatial modeling, and qualitative analysis, among others. Dr. Lowe received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Boston and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral fellow
    Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (2014)
  • Predoctoral fellow
    New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College (2012)
  • PhD
    University of Massachusetts Boston, Clinical Psychology (2012)
  • MA
    University of Massachusetts Boston, Clinical Psychology (2008)
  • AB
    Harvard University, Psychology (2003)


  • Office
    New Haven, CT, United States 2019

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Trauma Psychology by an Early Career PsychologistAmerican Psychological Association Division 56 (Trauma Psychology)2022
Robins/Guze Early Career AwardAmerican Psychopathological Association2021
Wendy U. and Thomas C. Naratil Pioneer AwardYale Women’s Health Research Program2020
Chancellor’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Social SciencesUniversity of Massachusetts Boston2013
Best Dissertation on a Topic Relevant to Community PsychologySociety for Community Research and Action (American Psychological Association Division 27)2012
Faculty Council Award for Research ExcellenceWeill Cornell Medical College2012
Beacon Award for Outstanding LeadershipUniversity of Massachusetts Boston2010

Professional Service

Connecticut Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3)Member2020 - Present
Scientific Oversight Committee, Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research StudyMember2020 - Present

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