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Sarah A. Stoddard, PhD, RN, CNP, FASHM, FAAN

Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health
Co-Director, Training and Education Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health
Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research
Research Affiliate, Institute on Women and Gender
Director, Ph.D. Program
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4320B NURS1

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-0327
Fax: (734) 647-0351
Sarah Stoddard is accepting new PhD students.


  • Adolescent Substance Use
  • Future orientation
  • Adolescent health
  • Risk and resilience
  • Prevention Science

Dr. Stoddard is recognized nationally for her leadership in adolescent health and her interdisciplinary research to prevent substance use and violence among vulnerable populations of youth. Her research aims to improve our understanding of youth development within adverse contexts, particularly the interaction of individual and environmental influences (e.g., school, neighborhood) on youth outcomes including, and to guide school and community prevention efforts focused on substance use and youth violence. Through research, leadership in community-based partnerships, and linkages with schools, she has advanced the frontier of substance use prevention through interventions that enhance future expectations and school connectedness among vulnerable youth. Her research has significantly broadened the knowledge base and importance of future expectations as a key internal asset for the preventing substance use and violence.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions. Project 2: Strengthen Flint Families. Role: Academic Co-PI (Multiple PI: D. Furr-Holden, S. Stoddard) (5U54MD011227)
  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control NIH. University of Michigan Injury Center, Role: Co-I/Director, Training and Education Core (PI: R. Cunningham) (5R49CE002099-05S1)
  • National Institutes of Health. Youth Empowerment Solutions: Engaging Youth for Anti-Racism And Cultural Equity (YES-ERACE). Role: Co-I (PI: M. Zimmerman) (1R01MD015024)
  • National Institutes of Health. Improving Reproducibility of Respondent Driven Sampling. Role: Co-I (PI: S. Lee) ( R01 AG060936).


Dr. Stoddard brings her practical experience as a public health nurse and nurse practitioner to her classroom teaching and mentoring, and believes in the importance of incorporating practical experiences into classroom learning. She provides opportunities for students to be active contributors in the learning process and engages them in a variety of interactive and collaborative activities, in-class or online, that include time for student deliberation, reflection, and synthesis of key concepts.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on community and population health. Dr. Stoddard has mentored numerous graduate students from across the university in their research and scholarship. Her mentoring experiences have focused primarily on child and adolescent health from a community/population health perspective.

Affiliations / Service

  • Appointed Member, Community Preventive Services Task Force, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2021-2025
  • Member, American Academy of Nursing, 2019-present
  • Member, Awards Committee – Research Subcommittee, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), 2016-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Youth & Society, 2015-present
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Science, 2015-present
  • Faculty Representative, CHEAR: Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit, University of Michigan, 2013-present
  • Member, Society for Prevention Research, 2013-present
  • Member, Abstract Review Committee, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), 2012-present
  • Member, American Public Health Association, 2010-present
  • Member, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 1998-present
  • Board of Directors, Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, 2017-2020
  • Chair, Finance Committee, Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, 2019

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2019
  • New Investigator Award Finalist, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2016
  • Fellow, Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2014
  • Robert H. DuRant Award for Statistical Rigor and Innovation in Adolescent Health Research, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2013
  • Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award, Minnesota State University, 2012


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2009
  • MS, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1999
  • BS, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN 1994

Publication Highlights

  • Hughesdon, K., Stoddard, S.A., Miller, A., Seng, J., & Briggs-King, E., & Ford, J. (in press). Interpersonal Trauma and Interpersonal Problems in Adolescent Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Journal of Traumatic Stress, DOI: 10.1002/jts.22687.

  • Schmidt, C., Heinze, J. E., Stoddard, S. A., Caldwell, C. H., Zimmerman, M. A. (in press). What Matters? Examining Contextual and Relational Factors Influencing Perceptions of Societal and Interpersonal Mattering Among Rural Youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(6), 2013-32. DOI:10.1002/jcop.22401.

  • Stoddard, S.A., Austic, E., Epstein-Ngo, Q., Walton, M., Carter, P.M. Heinze, J.E., Zimmerman, M.A., Cunningham, R. (2020). Substance use and mental health predictors of patterns of non-partner youth violence among high-risk urban youth. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 213, 108-17. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108117.

  • Stoddard, S.A., Hughesdon, K., Khan, A., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2020) Feasibility and acceptability of a future-oriented empowerment intervention to prevent drug use and school dropout. Public Health Nursing, 37(2), 251-61. DOI: 10.1111/phn.12706.

  • Stoddard, S.A. & Veliz, P.T. (2019). Summer school, school disengagement, and substance use during adolescence. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 57(1): e11-e15. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.01.014.

  • Stoddard, S.A., Pierce, J., Hurd, N.M., Bauermeister, J.A., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2019). Purpose and Mastery as Predictors of Perceived Health and Substance Use Problems. Journal of Community Psychology, 47(6), 1514-1529. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.22200.

  • Schmidt, C., Zimmerman, M.A., & Stoddard, S.A. (2018). A longitudinal analysis of the indirect effect of violence exposure on future orientation through perceived stress and the buffering effect of family participation. American Journal of Community Psychology, 62, 62-74. DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12254

  • Stoddard, S.AS. & Pierce, J. (2018). Alcohol and Marijuana Use and Intentions Among Adolescents: The Role of the Reasoned Action Approach and Positive Future Orientation. Youth & Society, 50, 758-779.

  • Steiger, R.M., Stoddard, S.AS., & Pierce, J. (2016). Adolescents’ future orientation and nonmedical use of prescription drugs. Addictive Behaviors.

  • Goldstick, J. Stoddard, S.A., Carter, P., Zimmerman, M.A., Walton, M.A., & Cunningham, R.C. (2016). Characteristic substance misuse profiles among youth entering an urban emergency department: neighborhood correlates and behavioral comorbidities. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 42, 671-681.

  • Stoddard, S.A., Pierce, J., & Schmidt, C. (2016). Grade-level differences in future-oriented self-concept during early adolescence: Potential relevance to school nursing. Journal of School Nursing, 32, 390-396.

  • Stoddard, S.A., & Pierce, J. (2015). Promoting positive future expectations during adolescence: The role of assets. American Journal of Community Psychology, 56, 332-41. DOI: 10.1007/s10464-015-9754-7. PMID: 26385095

  • Stoddard, S.A., Choe, D.E., Heinze, J.E., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2015). Predicting violent behavior in emerging adulthood: The role of violence exposure and future educational aspirations during adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 44, 191-203. PMID: 26282242. NIHMSID: 716176.

  • Stoddard, S.A., & Pierce, J. (2015). Promoting Positive Future Expectations During Adolescence: The Role of Assets. American Journal of Community Psychology. PMID: 26385095.

  • Stoddard, S.A., Varela, J.J., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2015). Future expectations, attitude toward violence, and bullying perpetration during early adolescence: A mediation evaluation.. Nursing Research, 64, 422-33. PMID: 26505155.

  • Additional publications itemized in CV (link below)

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