Sara Yeatman

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Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Dr. Yeatman’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of unintended fertility and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. In current projects, she seeks to understand the meaning of unintended pregnancy for young women’s lives in Malawi. This research uses data from Tsogolo la Thanzi, her 10-year longitudinal study of young adults in southern Malawi. She is also collaborating with researchers at the CU Population Center to examine how expanded access to contraception impacts women’s and men’s lives in the United States.

Her research has been published in top academic journals including American Journal of Public HealthAIDSAmerican Sociological ReviewDemography, and Population and Development Review.

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, 2008

M.Sc. Demography and Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2004

B.A. International Relations and Environmental Studies, Tufts University, 2001

Yeatman, Sara, Jenny Trinitapoli, and Sarah Garver. 2020. “The enduring case for fertility desires.” Demography.  

Yeatman, Sara, James M. Flynn*, Amanda Stevenson, Katie Genadek, Stefanie Mollborn, and Jane Menken. 2022. “Expanded contraceptive access linked to increase in college completion among women in Colorado.” Health Affairs 41[12]:1754-1762. Press coverage

Stevenson, Amanda, Katie Genadek, Sara Yeatman, Stefanie Mollborn, and Jane Menken. 2021. “The impact of contraceptive access on high school graduation.” Science Advances 7: eabf6732. Press coverage

Yeatman, Sara, Jenny Trinitapoli, and Sarah Garver. 2020. “The enduring case for fertility desires.” Demography.  

Westbrook, Marisa*, Lisette Martinez^, Safa Mechergui^, and Sara Yeatman. 2020. “The influence of school-based health center access on high school graduation: evidence from Colorado.” Journal of Adolescent Health.

Yeatman, Sara, Abdallah Chilungo, Sydney Lungu, Hazel Namadingo, and Jenny Trinitapoli. 2019. “Tsogolo la Thanzi: A longitudinal study of young adults living in Malawi’s HIV epidemic.” Studies in Family Planning.

Yeatman, Sara, Stephanie Chamberlin*, and Kathryn Dovel. 2019. “Women’s (health) work: a population-based, cross-sectional study of gender differences in time spent seeking health care in Malawi.” PLoS ONE.

*mentored doctoral student; ^mentored undergraduate student

PBHL 2052 Global Demography and Health

PBHL 3070 Perspectives in Global Health

HBSC 7041 Research Design in the Health and Behavioral Sciences

2019 Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado Denver

2015 Graduate School Dean’s Mentoring Award, University of Colorado Denver

2008 Graduate Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Science (Award)