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Sarah Gehlert, PhD

E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Washington University in St. Louis

Sarah Gehlert, Ph.D. is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the George Warren Brown School at Washington University. Until 2009, she was the Helen Ross Professor at School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where she served as Deputy Dean for Research from 2002 until 2007. While at the University of Chicago, she served as the Associate Director of the University's Institute for Translational Medicine (CTSA) and co-chair of its Community Translation Science Cluster. Currently, Dr. Gehlert is a scholar in the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis and a member of its Faculty Advisory Committee. She is a research member of the Siteman Cancer Center and a member of the Executive Committee of the University's Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CTSA) and an affiliate of its Community Engagement Core. Dr. Gehlert is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She chaired NIH's 2007 Summer Institute on Community-Based Participatory Research in 2007 and 2009 and serves as a chartered member of NIH's Community-Level Health Promotion Study Section. She is a member of the Peer Review Committee on Oncology Social Work Training of the American Cancer Society.

Her publications focus on social influences on health, especially the health of vulnerable populations. She currently is working on the influence of neighborhood and community factors, such as community violence and unsafe housing, on psychosocial functioning among African-American women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, with an eye toward how these factors "get under the skin" to affect gene expression and tumorigenesis.