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/Public Policy
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM Field of Study: Education
  • Tufts University, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH786
  • SPHPH786
  • SPHPH842


  • 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 Mar 07. 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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  • Published on 7/14/2022

    Halladay J, Freibott CE, Lipson SK, Zhou S, Eisenberg D. Trends in the co-occurrence of substance use and mental health symptomatology in a national sample of US post-secondary students from 2009 to 2019. J Am Coll Health. 2022 Jul 14; 1-14. PMID: 35834773.

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  • Published on 6/4/2022

    Skinner A, Flannery K, Nocka K, Bor J, Dean LT, Jay J, Lipson SK, Cole MB, Benfer EA, Scheckman R, Raderman W, Jones DK, Raifman J. A database of US state policies to mitigate COVID-19 and its economic consequences. BMC Public Health. 2022 Jun 04; 22(1):1124. PMID: 35659285.

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  • 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 Jun; 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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