Sara Choate, PhD, MSEd

Dr. Sara Choate headshotDepartment of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Assistant Professor
School of Public Health and Information Sciences
485 E Gray St., Room 203
Louisville, KY 40202
502-852-0196 (office)
Office hours: Virtual/in-person appointments available upon request


I received a PhD in Public Health Sciences with a specialization in Health Management and Policy at University of Louisville. I received a MSEd at The City College of New York, and a BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As an assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science, I teach Public Health & Health Policy and Health Equity at the undergraduate level; at the doctoral level, I teach pedagogy to prepare PhD students to act as co-learners and facilitators of knowledge in the classes they will co-teach with faculty mentors.

My current research interests center around acute crisis response, with particular focus on compassion fatigue/burnout and positive coping of first and alternative responders. Through recent research opportunities to provide systems capacity support to four communities in Kentucky, I'm gaining expertise in implementation science research and qualitative research methods to inform best practices in improving community behavioral health outcomes in rural and urban settings. Additionally, my early research focused on technology-delivered mental/emotional health interventions, mindfulness/meditation, and well-being, with specific focus on high-need young adults.

On the personal front, I am honored to spend my life with my loving partner, our daughter, dog, and a healthy network of family and friends. I also enjoy cooking using locally sourced produce, creating beauty in shared spaces, being physically active and traveling near and far whenever possible.


-- Commission on the Status of Women, Faculty & Staff Budget & Planning committee member, Commissioner, Mentor; Koru Trainer;
-- UofL Green Dot Faculty Training Team;
-- Listen Learn Act, Community Liaison


Choate, S.A. (2022). Meeting the mental health needs of college-aged young adults: Evaluating the value and impact of digital mental health interventions [Unpublished manuscript]. School of Public Health and Information Sciences, University of Louisville. 

Johnson, D., Cahill, M., Choate, S., Roelfs, D. & Walsh, S.E. (2022). The Influence of Public Health Faculty on College and University Plans During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Front. Public Health 9:745232. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.745232

Hartson, K. R., Hall, L. A., & Choate, S. A. (2021). Stressors and resilience are associated with well-being in young adult college students. Journal of American college health : J of ACH, 1–9. Advance online publication.

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