Sarah A. Stoddard, PhD, RN, CNP, FSAHM

Associate Professor
Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health
Co-Director, Training and Education Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center
Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research
Research Affiliate, Center for Human Growth and Development
Research Affiliate, Institute on Women and Gender
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4341 400NIB

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. 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 publications have significantly broadened the knowledge base and importance of future expectations as a key internal asset for the preventing substance use and violence.

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 professional 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.

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)
  • University of Michigan Office of Research, Youth Empowerment Solutions for Positive Futures: A pilot study. Role: Principal Investigator
  • National Institute of Justice. Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System to Improve School Safety. Role: Co-Investigator (MPI: J. Heinze, H. Hsieh) (2017-CK-BX-0002)
  • 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 Institute on Drug Abuse. Intergenerational Transmission of Drug Use in an Urban Sample. Role: Co-Investigator (PI: M. Zimmerman) (R01DA035811)
  • Centers for Disease Control. Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center Community Engagement and Revitalization. Role: Co-Investigator (PI: M. Zimmerman). (U01 CE002698)
  • Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. Reducing HIV Vulnerability Thru Multilevel Life Skills Intervention for Adolescent Men. Role: Co-Investigator (PI: J. Bauermeister, R. Stephenson). (U01 MD011274)


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

  • Member, Violence Prevention Subcommittee, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), 2010-present
  • Member, Abstract Review Committee, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), (2012-present)
  • Faculty Representative, CHEAR: Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit, University of Michigan , 2013-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Youth & Society (2015-present)
  • Member, Awards Committee – Research Subcommittee, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) (2016-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

  • 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

  • Stoddard, S.A. & Veliz, P.T. (in press). Summer school, school disengagement, and substance use during adolescence. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

  • 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.

  • Schmidt, C., Zimmerman, M.A., & Stoddard, S.A. (2018, Epub ahead of print). 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.

  • Abramoski, K., Pierce, M.A., Hauck, C., Stoddard, S.AS. (2017). Variations in adolescent purpose in life and their association with lifetime substance use. The Journal of School Nursing

  • Zimmerman, M.A., Eisman, A.E., Reischl, T.M., Morrel-Samuels, S., Stoddard, S.A., Miller, A.L., Hutchison, P., Franzen, S., & Rupp, L. (2017). Youth Empowerment Solutions: Evaluation of an after-school program to engage middle school students in community change. Health Education & Behavior.

  • Heinze, J.E., Stoddard, S.A., Aiyer, S.M., Eisman, A.B., Zimmerman, M.A. (2017). Exposure to violence in adolescence as a predictor of perceived stress trajectories in emerging adulthood. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 49, 31-8.

  • 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. (2016). Substance use and violence: Co-occurrence and strategies for intervention. Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews.

  • 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

  • Pierce, J., Schmidt, C., & Stoddard, S.AS. (2015). The moderating role of feared possible selves on the relationship between peer influence and delinquency. Journal of Adolescence, 38:17-26. PMCID: PMC4267895

  • 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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