Sara Yeatman, PhD
Chair • Associate Professor
Health and Behavioral Sciences

Office Location:
North Classroom 3018B

Office Hours:
Mondays 12:00p to 2:00p

Dr. Yeatman’s current research focuses on the causes and consequences of unintended fertility and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. With data from Tsogolo la Thanzi, her 10-year longitudinal study of young adults in southern Malawi, she is using mixed methods to understand the drivers of unintended fertility and its consequences for women and their children. She is also collaborating with researchers at CUPC to examine how expanded access to contraception impacts women’s lives in the United States. A final project (with graduate student Marisa Westbrook) seeks to understand how school-based health centers shape teens’ reproductive and educational experiences.

She also helped design and lead Tsogolo la Thanzi (TLT), a six-year (2009-2015) longitudinal study of 3,000 young men and women in southern Malawi that examined how young adults navigate relationships and childbearing during a generalized HIV epidemic (

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