Sarah E. Anderson, PhD



Sarah E. Anderson, PhD

Epidemiology is about making sense of data towards the goal of improving population health. This wide scope encourages a multidisciplinary perspective and has supported my research on children and families. I feel lucky to have found a home in public health.


1841 Neil Ave.
336 Cunz Hall
Columbus, OH, 43210
Phone: 614-688-3600
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Sarah Anderson's research focuses on understanding psychosocial influences on children's growth and development with a particular focus on childhood obesity prevention. Her research has contributed to the understanding of obesity in preschool-aged children through analyses of large cohort studies including the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD), and the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Study (FACES). Active projects include a longitudinal study of mealtimes and self-regulation in toddlers in collaboration with Nationwide Children's Hospital, as well as analyses of the UK Millenium Cohort Study and the Growing Up in New Zealand Study.  Funded by the NIH, USDA, and AHA, she has mentored students at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate level and teaches courses on obesity epidemiology, introduction to epidemiology, survey methodology, and PhD research seminar.