Sophie Godley

Sophie Godley, DrPH, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health


Sophie Godley joined the Boston University School of Public Health faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Health in July of 2010. She previously was an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community Health Sciences, where she taught courses on adolescent health and sexual health. Sophie has been working in the field of public health since 1993, and her areas of expertise include implementing science-based prevention programs and incorporating popular media into public health education. Sophie served as the deputy director of the AIDS Action Committee in Massachusetts for six years, overseeing prevention and education programs, while also offering practicum opportunities to BUSPH students. Sophie has also worked with ROCA, Inc. in Chelsea, MA, a performance-driven anti-poverty and anti-violence agency. At ROCA Sophie worked on a process evaluation of a project focused on high-risk young mothers. In 2010, she received BUSPH's Gail Douglas Award for Public Health Practice, presented annually to a practitioner who has made an outstanding contribution to public health in the areas of education, research, and service. In 2011 Sophie received the Associations of the School of Public Health/Pfizer Early Career in Public Health Teaching Award. In 2013 Sophie won the BUSPH annual Education Innovation Award. In May of 2017 Sophie received one of the University's highest awards in teaching, the Metcalf Award.

Prior to her work at the AIDS Action Committee, she was director of the Office of Adolescent Health and Youth Development at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from 1999 to 2004. She received her B.A. from Smith College, her Master's degree in public health from the University of Washington, and her doctorate in public health from Boston University in 2017.

Currently Sophie teaches Introduction to Public Health for undergraduates, and courses in the Maternal and Child Health concentration, including Safer Sex in the City From Science to Policy, and Women Children and Adolescents Public Health Approaches. Sophie also teaches in the MPH core, Individual, Community and Population Health.

Sophie serves as Director of Undergraduate Education in the School of Public Health, advising students enrolled in the public health minor and the innovative 4+1 program, BUSPH’s combined BA/MPH and BS/MPH.

Sophie's current work in the community focuses on supporting healthy sexuality in communities and schools, and supporting families and parents of adolescents.

Other Positions

  • Associate Director, KHC Administration


  • University of Washington, MPH Field of Study: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Smith College, BA Field of Study: Women's Studies

Classes Taught

  • SPHMC705
  • SPHPH510
  • SPHPH720
  • SPHPH931
  • SPHSB921
  • SPHSB922


  • Published on 2/22/2024

    Moreira-Bouchard JD, Godley S, DeBiasse MA. LGBTQ+ faculty, queering health sciences classrooms: student perspectives. Adv Physiol Educ. 2024 Jun 01; 48(2):270-278. PMID: 38385195.

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  • Published on 10/12/2021

    Kruger JS, Godley S, Cercone Heavey S. Developing a Culture of Caring in Classrooms: Best Practices During a Global Pandemic and Beyond. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. 2021.

  • Published on 12/14/2020

    Godley, S, Aumiller B, Horigian V, Khalil N, Kruger J, Pennel C, Youatt E, Kiviniemi MT. "Evidence-Based Educational Practices for Public Health: How We Teach Matters.". Pedagogy in Health Promotion. 2020.

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  • Published on 10/27/2020

    Campbell JK, Poage SM, Godley S, Rothman EF. Social Anxiety as a Consequence of Non-consensually Disseminated Sexually Explicit Media Victimization. J Interpers Violence. 2022 May; 37(9-10):NP7268-NP7288. PMID: 33107385.

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  • Published on 10/26/2020

    Sophie Godley. Reflection. A Love Letter to My Public Health Students During a Global Pandemic. 2020; 6(4):233-234.

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  • Published on 2/1/2018

    Godley S. Supporting Vulnerable Youths Through Community Collaboration. Am J Public Health. 2018 02; 108(S1):S21-S22. PMID: 29443556.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Godley S, Cozier Y. Chapter: Navigating Difficult Conversations in Public Health Classrooms. Teaching Public Health. The Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore. 2018.

  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Godley S. Improving Outcomes for Teen Parents and their Children in Massachusetts 2016: An analysis of population changes and service needs. Boston. 2017.

  • Published on 1/1/1998

    Godley S. Our Bodies, Ourselves. Chapter 15: HIV, AIDS, and Women. 1998.

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