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Sarah Gehlert

E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
Sarah Gehlert

Phone: (314) 935-3434


Research interests:

Health disparities

Women’s health and mental health

Adaptation to illness and traumatic injury 

Community-based participatory research

Transdisciplinary research and team science


Sarah Gehlert’s publications focus on social influences on health, specifically the health of vulnerable populations. Currently, she is working on the influences of neighborhood and community violence and unsafe housing on psychosocial functioning among African-American women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, with an eye toward how these factors affect gene expression and tumorigenesis. 

In addition to her appointment at the Brown School, Gehlert is a professor in the Department of Surgery of the Washington University School of Medicine, as well as a scholar in the university’s Institute for Public Health. Gehlert is also the co-program leader of the Prevention and Control Program of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, co-director of the Transdisciplinary Center on Energetics and Cancer, and training program director of the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities.
Gehlert is president of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW). She is also an inaugural Fellow of AASWSW and the Society for Social Work and Social Research, and a fellow of the Academy of Transdisciplinary Learning and Advanced Studies.


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