Sarah Lipson

Sarah K. Lipson, PhD

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


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 Field of Study: Sociology
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM Field of Study: Education
  • Tufts University, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH842
  • SPHPM931
  • SPHPM932


  • 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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  • Published on 3/22/2021

    Burke NL, Hazzard VM, Karvay YG, Schaefer LM, Lipson SK, Rodgers RF. Eating disorder prevalence among multiracial US undergraduate and graduate students: Is multiracial risk different than the sum of each identity? Eat Behav. 2021 Mar 22; 41:101501. PMID: 33798830.

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  • Published on 3/4/2021

    Lipson SK, Phillips MV, Winquist N, Eisenberg D, Lattie EG. Mental Health Conditions Among Community College Students: A National Study of Prevalence and Use of Treatment Services. Psychiatr Serv. 2021 Mar 04; appips202000437. PMID: 33657842.

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  • Published on 3/4/2021

    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 Mar 04. PMID: 33686412.

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  • Published on 2/11/2021

    Fitzsimmons-Craft EE, Taylor CB, Newman MG, Zainal NH, Rojas-Ashe EE, Lipson SK, Firebaugh ML, Ceglarek P, Topooco N, Jacobson NC, Graham AK, Kim HM, Eisenberg D, Wilfley DE. Harnessing mobile technology to reduce mental health disorders in college populations: A randomized controlled trial study protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 Apr; 103:106320. PMID: 33582295.

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  • Published on 1/5/2021

    Hahn SL, Bauer KW, Kaciroti N, Eisenberg D, Lipson SK, Sonneville KR. Relationships between patterns of weight-related self-monitoring and eating disorder symptomology among undergraduate and graduate students. Int J Eat Disord. 2021 Apr; 54(4):595-605. PMID: 33399230.

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  • Published on 12/8/2020

    Dong H, Dai J, Lipson SK, Curry L. Help-seeking for mental health services in Asian American college students: an exploratory qualitative study. J Am Coll Health. 2020 Dec 08; 1-8. PMID: 33289588.

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  • Published on 11/21/2020

    Buchheit BM, Crable EL, Lipson SK, Drainoni ML, Walley AY. "Opening the door to somebody who has a chance." - The experiences and perceptions of public safety personnel towards a public restroom overdose prevention alarm system. Int J Drug Policy. 2021 Feb; 88:103038. PMID: 33232885.

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  • Published on 11/3/2020

    Jay J, Bor J, Nsoesie EO, Lipson SK, Jones DK, Galea S, Raifman J. Neighbourhood income and physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Nat Hum Behav. 2020 12; 4(12):1294-1302. PMID: 33144713.

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  • Published on 11/1/2020

    Abelson S, Lipson SK, Zhou S, Eisenberg D. Muslim Young Adult Mental Health and the 2016 US Presidential Election. JAMA Pediatr. 2020 Nov 01; 174(11):1112-1114. PMID: 33016990.

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