Clinical psychologist, trauma expert, cat rescuer
The Yale School of Public Health proudly welcomes 13 new tenure-track faculty this academic year. These individuals bring a broad range of research, scholarship and teaching expertise to the school and will be instrumental in helping us address many of the public health challenges of the 21st century.
Today we spotlight Dr. Sarah Lowe, assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Sarah holds a PhD (2012) and an MA (2008) in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has a BA in psychology from Harvard University. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a predoctoral fellow at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College.
Q: Describe your primary academic focus or research specialty?
SL: My research centers on the long-term mental health consequences of traumatic and stressful life events. I have a particular interest in exploring mental health after mass trauma – events like environmental disasters and mass shootings that affect not just individuals, but entire communities. Oftentimes, these events are followed by an immediate outpouring of resources, support, and attention, but how do survivors fare in the longer term?
In my research, I aim to document the varying patterns of mental health symptoms – including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and substance use – over time. What proportion of survivors are resilient, never exhibiting any post-trauma symptomatology? What proportion of those who are initially symptomatic will recover?Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 11