Sarah Lipson

Sarah K. Lipson, PhD

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


Sarah Ketchen Lipson (she/her), PhD, EdM is an assistant 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
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM Field of Study: Education
  • Tufts University, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH842
  • SPHPM931


  • Published on 5/1/2022

    Freibott CE, Stein MD, Lipson SK. The influence of race, sexual orientation and gender identity on mental health, substance use, and academic persistence during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study from a national sample of college students in the healthy minds study. Drug Alcohol Depend Rep. 2022 Jun; 3:100060. PMID: 35529429.

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  • Published on 4/25/2022

    Simone M, Hazzard VM, Askew AJ, Tebbe EA, Lipson SK, Pisetsky EM. Variability in eating disorder risk and diagnosis in transgender and gender diverse college students. Ann Epidemiol. 2022 Apr 25; 70:53-60. PMID: 35472489.

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  • Published on 4/15/2022

    Moskow DM, Lipson SK, Tompson MC. Anxiety and suicidality in the college student population. J Am Coll Health. 2022 Apr 15; 1-8. PMID: 35427461.

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  • Published on 4/5/2022

    Carson TL, Hazzard VM, Finn E, Lipson SK. Participation in varsity sports, dance, and Greek life associated with menstrual disturbance in a national sample of female college students. J Am Coll Health. 2022 Apr 05; 1-8. PMID: 35380508.

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  • Published on 3/26/2022

    Romano KA, Lipson SK, Beccia AL, Quatromoni PA, Gordon AR, Murgueitio J. Changes in the prevalence and sociodemographic correlates of eating disorder symptoms from 2013 to 2020 among a large national sample of U.S. young adults: A repeated cross-sectional study. Int J Eat Disord. 2022 Mar 26. PMID: 35338504.

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  • Published on 3/18/2022

    Lipson SK, Zhou S, Abelson S, Heinze J, Jirsa M, Morigney J, Patterson A, Singh M, Eisenberg D. Trends in college student mental health and help-seeking by race/ethnicity: Findings from the national healthy minds study, 2013-2021. J Affect Disord. 2022 Jun 01; 306:138-147. PMID: 35307411.

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  • Published on 8/28/2021

    Falvey SE, Hahn SL, Anderson OS, Lipson SK, Sonneville KR. Diagnosis of Eating Disorders Among College Students: A Comparison of Military and Civilian Students. Mil Med. 2021 08 28; 186(9-10):975-983. PMID: 33686412.

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  • Published on 8/16/2021

    Ganson KT, O'Connor J, Nagata JM, Lipson SK. Association between psychological flexibility and physical violence perpetration in college student populations: results from the national Healthy Minds Study. J Am Coll Health. 2021 Aug 16; 1-5. PMID: 34398694.

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  • Published on 5/15/2021

    Grammer AC, Vázquez MM, Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Fowler LA, Rackoff GN, Schvey NA, Lipson SK, Newman MG, Eisenberg D, Taylor CB, Wilfley DE. Characterizing eating disorder diagnosis and related outcomes by sexual orientation and gender identity in a national sample of college students. Eat Behav. 2021 08; 42:101528. PMID: 34049053.

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  • Published on 4/1/2021

    Hazzard VM, Ziobrowski HN, Borg SL, Schaefer LM, Mangold AC, Herting NA, Lipson SK, Crosby RD, Wonderlich SA. Past-Year Abuse and Eating Disorder Symptoms Among U.S. College Students. J Interpers Violence. 2021 Apr 01; 8862605211005156. PMID: 33794702.

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