Sarah K. Lipson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Sarah Lipson


Sarah Ketchen Lipson, 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 co-Principal Investigator of the Healthy Minds Study and Associate Director of the Healthy Minds Network. Dr. Lipson's research focuses on understanding and addressing mental health inequalities in adolescent and young adult populations, especially college students. She employs varied methodologies, including large-scale epidemiological surveys and population-level interventions. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, New York Times, Huffington Post, and on NPR. Dr. Lipson teaches Research Theory and Design and Applied Studies in Health Services Research, and is faculty director of the Master's of Science in Health Services and Systems Research at BUSPH. 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
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM
  • Tufts University, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS901
  • SPHPH842
  • SPHPM931
  • SPHPM950


  • Published on 3/24/2020

    Hahn SL, Lipson SK, Sonneville KR. Dietary self-monitoring is associated with increased likelihood of problematic alcohol use among college students. J Am Coll Health. 2020 Mar 24; 1-6. PMID: 32208066.

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  • Published on 12/18/2019

    Romano KA, Lipson SK. Dietary restraint patterns and eating disorder help-seeking. Eat Weight Disord. 2019 Dec 18. PMID: 31853888.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/29/2019

    Backhaus I, Lipson SK, Fisher LB, Kawachi I, Pedrelli P. Sexual assault, sense of belonging, depression and suicidality among LGBQ and heterosexual college students. J Am Coll Health. 2019 Oct 29; 1-9. PMID: 31661423.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/22/2019

    Lipson SK, Sonneville KR. Understanding suicide risk and eating disorders in college student populations: Results from a National Study. Int J Eat Disord. 2020 02; 53(2):229-238. PMID: 31639232.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/1/2019

    Lipson SK, Raifman J, Abelson S, Reisner SL. Gender Minority Mental Health in the U.S.: Results of a National Survey on College Campuses. Am J Prev Med. 2019 09; 57(3):293-301. PMID: 31427032.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/15/2019

    Lattie EG, Lipson SK, Eisenberg D. Technology and College Student Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities. Front Psychiatry. 2019; 10:246. PMID: 31037061.

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  • Published on 11/5/2018

    Lipson SK, Lattie EG, Eisenberg D. Increased Rates of Mental Health Service Utilization by U.S. College Students: 10-Year Population-Level Trends (2007-2017). Psychiatr Serv. 2019 01 01; 70(1):60-63. PMID: 30394183.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Lipson SK, Kern A, Eisenberg D, Breland-Noble AM. Mental Health Disparities Among College Students of Color. J Adolesc Health. 2018 09; 63(3):348-356. PMID: 30237000.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/9/2018

    Downs N, Galles E, Skehan B, Lipson SK. Be True to Our Schools-Models of Care in College Mental Health. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2018 08 09; 20(9):72. PMID: 30094519.

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  • Published on 6/30/2018

    Kern A, Hong V, Song J, Lipson SK, Eisenberg D. Mental health apps in a college setting: openness, usage, and attitudes. Mhealth. 2018; 4:20. PMID: 30050916.

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