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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 is a Professor at the Yale School of Nursing and the Yale Child Study Center, where she teaches master’s and doctoral nursing students in the areas of family studies, child and adult development, pediatric health promotion, research, research ethics and adolescent health. Dr. Sadler received her BS degree from the University of Massachusetts, her MSN degree from Yale University School of Nursing, and her PhD from the School of Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. She has worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with teen parents in New Haven since 1979.

Dr. Sadler’s research is in the area of the transition to parenthood among urban adolescent parents and their families, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and evaluation of specialized support programs for at-risk young parents and their children. Her publications and presentations are in the area of adolescent primary health care issues, community-engaged research, high risk families, adolescent parenthood, and home visiting. In 2014, the home visiting program, Minding the Baby®, developed and tested with colleagues from the Yale Child Study Center was designated by the Department of Health and Human Services as an evidence-based home visiting model, one of only 19 models nationwide. The MTB program is being implemented in Connecticut, Florida, Denmark, England and Scotland. A home visiting program adapted from MTB is being implemented and tested in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dr. Sadler’s current research includes serving as mPI with Dr. Nancy S. Redeker on an NINR-funded community-based mixed methods study of sleep patterns and healthy sleep intervention development with multicultural community families raising young infants and children.

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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