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Lois S. Sadler

Professor Emeritus of Nursing; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Professor, School of Nursing and Yale Child Study Center

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Lois S. Sadler, FAAN, RN, PhD


Lois S. Sadler, PhD, RN, FAAN is a Professor Emerita and Senior Research Scientist/Scholar at the Yale University School of Nursing. Dr. Sadler received her BSN degree from the University of Massachusetts and her MSN degree from Yale University School of Nursing (YSN). She received her PhD from the UCONN School of Family Studies in 1997.

Professor Sadler has taught at the master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels, including course content in the areas of family studies, child and family development, pediatric health promotion, adolescent health, qualitative research, research ethics, intervention development, philosophy of science, and knowledge development in nursing science. She has practiced clinically as a pediatric nurse practitioner and has conducted research with adolescent parents and young families in diverse communities, school settings, home visiting, and primary health care settings.

At YSN, she held a variety of academic leadership positions in addition to her research and teaching. Dr. Sadler’s NIH-funded research is in the areas of the transition to parenthood among adolescent parents and their families, adolescent pregnancy prevention, health equity, pediatric sleep, and evaluation of specialized support programs for young parents and children. In 2001 along with Drs. Arietta Slade and Linda Mayes, Dr. Sadler co-founded the home visiting program, Minding the BabyTM. Along with colleagues and community partners, she tested and implemented the program in the US, Scotland, England, Brazil, and Denmark. A full implementation and clinical trial is underway in 8 communities in Denmark.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Connecticut, Family Studies (1997)
  • MSN
    Yale University School of Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (1979)
  • BS (Hon)
    University of Massachusetts (1974)

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