Sara joins HITLAB after spending five years at New York University’s Langone Medical Center promoting patient and family centered care in its neonatal intensive care population. As a senior family advisor at the Sala Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care, she currently serves on a variety of quality and safety committees at NYU Langone, representing the key perspective of patients and families.

Before beginning her work in the field of patient and family centered care, Sara completed postdoctoral research fellowships at both Hunter College and Columbia University, where she conducted research related to mental health treatment and stigma as part of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Prior to finishing her doctoral studies in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia’s Mailman School, Sara worked in a variety of settings conducting research and quality improvement work related to mental health services at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Louis de la Parte Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida. While working at USF, she also spent two years teaching as an adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Tampa.

Sara holds an MSPH in social and behavioral sciences applied to health from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from New College of Florida.

Aside from work, Sara enjoys spending time with her husband watching her sons play basketball, reading, and taking ballet classes.