Sara J. McLaughlin, PhD

Sara McLaughlin

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Gerontology
Scripps Research Fellow

Phone: 513-529-8138
Office: Upham Hall, 358


PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
MPH, Epidemiology, Boston University
BS, Human Nutrition and Foods, University of Maine

Research Interests

Healthy aging, health behavior, epidemiology, social inequalities

Biographical Sketch

Dr. McLaughlin’s research focuses on late-life health. She is particularly interested in the social and behavioral determinants of healthy aging. She earned her PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan, her MPH in Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, and her BS in Human Nutrition at the University of Maine. In addition, she completed post-doctoral training in the rehabilitation sciences at Boston University School of Public Health and the University of Michigan Medical School.

Selected Publications

Janevic, M. R., McLaughlin, S. J., Heapy, A., Thacker, C., & Piette, J. D. (2017)Racial and socioeconomic disparities in disabling chronic pain: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. Journal of Pain, 18(12):1459-67.

Rodríguez-Laso, A., McLaughlin, S. J., Urdaneta, E., & Yanguas, J. Defining and estimating healthy aging in Spain: A cross-sectional study. Gerontologist. [Epub ahead of print]

Pitheckoff, N. P., McLaughlin,  S. J., & de Medeiros,  K. “Calm…satisfied…comforting”: The experience and meaning of rabbit-assisted activities for older adults. (2017) Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi:10.1177/0733464816680322 [Epub ahead of print]

McLaughlin, S. J., (2017) Healthy aging in the context of educational disadvantage: The role of “ordinary magic” Journal of Aging and Health, 29(7):1214–34.

McLaughlin, S. J., Connell, C. M., & Janevic,  M. R., (2016)Gender differences in trajectories of physical activity among older Americans with diabetes. Journal of Aging and Health, 28(3):460-80.

Roberts, J. S., McLaughlin, S. J., & Connell, C. M., (2014)Public beliefs and knowledge about risk and protective factors for Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's Dement. Dementia, 10(5 Suppl):S381-9.

Janevic, M. R., McLaughlin, S. J., & Connell, C. M., (2013) The association of diabetes complications with physical activity in a representative sample of older adults in the United States. Chronic Illness, 9(4),251-7.

McLaughlin, S. J., Jette, A. M., & Connell, C. M. (2012) An examination of healthy aging across a conceptual continuum: prevalence estimates, demographic patterns, and validity. Journal of Gerontology - Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 67(7):783-9.

Janevic, M. R., McLaughlin, S. J., & Connell, C. M. (2012) Overestimation of physical activity among a nationally representative sample of underactive individuals with diabetes. Medical Care, 50(5):441-5.

Li, L. W. & McLaughlin, S. J. (2012)Caregiver confidence: Does it predict changes in disability among elderly home care recipients? Gerontologist. 52(1):79-88.

McLaughlin, S. J., Connell, C. M., Heeringa, S. G., Li, L. W., & Roberts, J. S. (2012) Successful aging in the United States: Prevalence estimates from a national sample of older adults. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 65B(2):216-26.