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Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts, DrPH

Associate Professor

Sarah Roberts, DrPH, is an Associate Professor at ANSIRH, at the University of California, San Francisco. She studies the ways that policies and the health care system punish, rather than support, structurally vulnerable pregnant women, including pregnant women using alcohol and drugs and pregnant women considering abortion. Dr. Roberts' current research focuses on evaluating state-level restrictive abortion policies and state-level policies targeting alcohol and drug use during pregnancy, and developing an evidence-base to inform a genuine public health approach to abortion. Dr. Roberts is also leading a project to engage public health professionals working in health departments in reflecting on abortion-related work in health departments and opportunities to align this work with accepted public health frameworks. Dr. Roberts has published more than 70-peer reviewed manuscripts and has received grant funding from multiple private foundations as well as the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Roberts' work has been published in JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Journal, and Alcohol and Alcoholism. Dr. Roberts received her undergraduate degree in history from Columbia University, her MPH and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, and her DrPH from the University of California, Berkeley.

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