Sara J. McLaughlin, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Gerontology
Scripps Research Fellow


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 MR, McLaughlin SJ, Connell CM. The association of diabetes complications with physical activity in a representative sample of older adults in the United States. Chronic Illn. 2013 Dec;9(4):251-7

McLaughlin SJ, Jette AM, Connell CM. An examination of healthy aging across a conceptual continuum: prevalence estimates, demographic patterns, and validity. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2012 Jun;67(7):783-9.

Janevic MR, McLaughlin SJ, Connell CM. Overestimation of physical activity among a nationally representative sample of underactive individuals with diabetes. Med Care. 2012 May;50(5):441-5.

Li LW, McLaughlin SJ. Caregiver confidence: does it predict changes in disability among elderly home care recipients? Gerontologist. 2012 Feb;52(1):79-88.

McLaughlin SJ, Connell CM, Heeringa SG, Li LW, Roberts JS. Successful aging in the United States: prevalence estimates from a national sample of older adults. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2010 Mar;65B(2):216-26.