Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Stoddard who received the Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she received her BS in Nursing. The award represents demonstrated achievement in the areas of advanced education, leadership in nursing and significant contributions to practice and the discipline. The award was given in recognition of her work with vulnerable/high risk adolescent populations.
Dr. Stoddard’s career has focused on promoting the health and well-being of youth living in communities characterized by substantial health and social disparities, and includes 16 years of 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. Sarah received an MS and PhD from 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.
Sarah’s overarching 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. She is currently working with the Flint Adolescent Study, Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center and leading the Protecting Youth From Harm study.