Sarah Lipson

Sarah Ketchen Lipson, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Sarah Ketchen Lipson (she/her), PhD, EdM is an associate professor in the Department of Health Law Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is Principal Investigator of the Healthy Minds Network, which includes the Healthy Minds Study, the largest, most comprehensive study of mental health in higher education.

Dr. Lipson's research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and William T. Grant Foundation, among others. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, New York Times, Huffington Post, on NPR, and in numerous other national and international media outlets.

Dr. Lipson completed a dual PhD at University of Michigan in Health Services Organization and Policy at the School of Public Health and Higher Education at the School of Education, where she was awarded best dissertation of the year. She holds a master’s from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University where she graduated with honors.


  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, PhD Field of Study: Sociology/Public Policy
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM Field of Study: Education
  • Tufts University, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH786
  • SPHPH786
  • SPHPH842
  • SPHPH885


  • Published on 1/16/2024

    Freibott CE, McCann NC, Biondi BE, Lipson SK. Interventions to increase naloxone access for undergraduate students: A systematic review of the literature. J Am Coll Health. 2024 Jan 16; 1-9. PMID: 38227912.

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  • Published on 11/7/2023

    Gordon AR, Beccia AL, Egan N, Lipson SK. Intersecting gender identity and racial/ethnic inequities in eating disorder risk factors, symptoms, and diagnosis among U.S. college students: An intersectional multilevel analysis of individual heterogeneity and discriminatory accuracy. Int J Eat Disord. 2024 Jan; 57(1):146-161. PMID: 37933620.

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  • Published on 9/28/2023

    D'Adamo L, Grammer AC, Rackoff GN, Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Lipson SK, Newman MG, Taylor CB, Eisenberg D, Wilfley DE. Preferred treatment focus among college students with eating disorders and comorbid mental health problems in a digital cognitive-behavioral guided self-help program. Int J Eat Disord. 2023 Dec; 56(12):2349-2357. PMID: 37768268.

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  • Published on 9/25/2023

    Sonneville KR, Thurston IB, Gordon AR, Richmond TK, Weeks HM, Lipson SK. Weight Stigma Associated With Mental Health Concerns Among College Students. Am J Prev Med. 2024 Feb; 66(2):260-268. PMID: 37758003.

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  • Published on 6/28/2023

    Lipson SK, Diaz Y, Davis J, Eisenberg D. Mental health among first-generation college students: Findings from the national Healthy Minds Study, 2018-2021. Cogent Ment Health. 2023; 2(1). PMID: 38145239.

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  • Published on 3/7/2023

    Thulin EJ, Lipson SK, Heinze JE, Zhou S. Suicidal Ideation in American Indian and Alaskan Native College-Attending Students. Am J Prev Med. 2023 Aug; 65(2):307-312. PMID: 36893950.

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  • Published on 12/8/2022

    Romano KA, Lipson SK, Beccia AL, Quatromoni PA, Murgueitio J. Disparities in eating disorder symptoms and mental healthcare engagement prior to and following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic: Findings from a national study of US college students. Int J Eat Disord. 2023 Jan; 56(1):203-215. PMID: 36479981.

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  • Published on 11/3/2022

    Abuelezam NN, Lipson SK, Abelson S, Awad GH, Eisenberg D, Galea S. Depression and anxiety symptoms among Arab/Middle Eastern American college students: Modifying roles of religiosity and discrimination. PLoS One. 2022; 17(11):e0276907. PMID: 36327288.

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  • Published on 8/29/2022

    Trangenstein PJ, Tiongson PJD, Lu Y, Lipson SK, Xuan Z, Naimi TS, Jernigan DH. Gender and sexual identity and harms from others' drinking among U.S. college students: Results from a multi-campus survey. J Am Coll Health. 2022 Aug 29; 1-5. PMID: 36036804.

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  • Published on 7/29/2022

    Ranker LR, Lipson SK. Prevalence of heavy episodic drinking and alcohol use disorder diagnosis among US college students: Results from the national Healthy Minds Study. Addict Behav. 2022 Dec; 135:107452. PMID: 35964391.

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