Sara Kennedy


B.A., Psychology, Indiana University, 2005; MA Sociological Practice, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2009; M.A., Sociology Case Western Reserve University, 2012; PhD Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2020 (expected)

Bio/Research Interests:

I am a research associate in the Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Department at Case Western where I am study coordinator for a project examining the genetic factors that contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease, specifically in minority populations.  I also conduct interviews and perform qualitative data analysis for a community based project that examines people’s perceptions of, and barriers to, vision care in the Broadway/Slavic Village neighborhood.  My strengths lie in community based research, participant recruitment, working with diverse populations, working with multidisciplinary teams, and study and data coordination.  My research interests are mental health, systemic racism, the preschool to prison pipeline, policy, and intersectionality.  I’m also a proud Indiana University graduate, a big sister, and very happy to be aunt to Brooklyn, Brielle, Dylan and Dominic.

Dissertation Title: How Transportation Plays a Role in Care of Epilepsy Patients


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