Sarah Abboud, PhD, RN

  • Assistant Professor

My research work centers on the intersections of ethnicity, sexuality, gender, health, and immigration among immigrants, ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities in the United States, in particular Arabs and Arab Americans, and in Lebanon. My work is informed by social justice, intersectionality, and health equity frameworks and aims at decreasing the significant health disparities faced by marginalized populations. Along with my research work, I have extensive experience in sexual health, qualitative research methods, mixed methods, and community-based participatory research approaches.

In the US, my work has concentrated on virginity and sexual initiation, communication with parents about sex and sexuality, and sexual attitudes and behaviors among young adult Arabs. I am currently working on the development of a sexual and reproductive health promotion intervention for young adult Arabs in Chicago, with a focus on intimate partner sexual violence prevention. As part of a fellowship at Yale University, I am also exploring HIV/STI risk behaviors and mental health of Lebanese gay and bisexual men, pre- and post-migration to the US.

In Lebanon, my work has centered on HIV/AIDS, where I investigated the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS. I am currently a board member of LebMASH (Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health), where we are working on advancing healthcare for LGBTQ individuals, as well as sexual and reproductive health throughout the country.

I completed my BS and MS in Nursing at the American University of Beirut School of Nursing, Lebanon, and my PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where I was a member of the Centers for Global Women’s Health and Health Equity Research. I am currently a Visiting Faculty Fellow at Yale University School of Public Health Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (2017-2019).

Current Area of Teaching
  • Qualitative Research (NURS 574)
  • Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice (NURS 515)
Selected Honors & Awards
  • 2017-2019 Visiting Faculty Fellow, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars; Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, School of Public Health, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • 2017 Deatrick Junior Faculty Award, University of Illinois at CHicago College of Nursing
  • 2014-16 Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. Research on Vulnerable Women, Children and Families (T32NR007100). PI: Marilyn S. Sommers
  • 2014 Ann Wolbert Burgess Endowed Student Dissertation Award, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2014 Teaching Assistant Award, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania 2013 Leboy-Davies Fellowship Award, Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2011 Nurse of the Year Award; American University of Beirut, Alumni Association, Nurses’ Chapter
Selected Publications

Abboud, S., Kim, S., Jacoby, S., Mooney-Doyle, K., Waite, T., Froh, B., Kim, H., Sowicz, T., Kelly, T.A., & Kagan, S. (2017). Co-creation of a pedagogical space to support qualitative inquiry: An advanced qualitative collective. Nurse Education Today, (50), 8-11.

Abboud, S., De Penning, E., Brawner, B., Menon, U., Glanz, K., & Sommers, M.S. (2017). Cervical cancer screening among Arab women in the United States; an integrative review. Oncology Nursing Forum, 44(1), E20-E33. doi: 10.1188/17.ONF.E20-E33.

Alexander, K., Volpe, E.M., Abboud, S., & Campbell, J.C. (2016). Reproductive coercion, sexual risk behaviors, and mental health symptoms among young low-income behaviorally bisexual women: Implications for nursing practice. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(23-24), 3533-3544 doi: 10.1111/jocn.13238.

Yazbik Dumit, N., Abboud, S., Massouh, A., & Magilvy, J.K. (2015). Role of the Lebanese family caregivers in cardiac self-care: A collective approach. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24(21-22), 3318-26. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12949.

Abboud, S., Jemmott, L.S, & Sommers, M.S. (2015). “We are Arabs;’ the embodiment of virginity through Arab and Arab American women's lived experiences." Sexuality and Culture, 19(4), 715-736. doi: 10.1007/s12119-015-9286-1.

Abboud, S., Noureddine, S., Abu-Saad Huijer, H., DeJong, J., & Mokhbat, J. (2010). Quality of life in people living with HIV/AIDS in Lebanon. AIDS Care, 22(6); 687-696. doi: 10.1080/09540120903334658

Complete list of published work in my bibliography:

Current Research
  • 2018-19 University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy: Developing a Sexual and Reproductive Health Intervention for Arab Youth in Chicago. S. Abboud, Principle Investigator
  • 2017-18 University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy: Intrapartum Inequalities: Birth Experiences and Obstetric Interventions among Immigrant Women in Chicago. S. Abboud, Co-Principle Investigator
  • 2015-16 Sigma Theta Tau International/Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science: “Exploring Healthy Sexualities and Sexual Behaviors in Arab and Arab American Youth;” S. Abboud, Principal Investigator
  • 2015-16 University of Pennsylvania, Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowship: “Understanding Health and Intimate Partner Violence from the Perspectives of Iraqi Women Refugees: A Qualitative Study”. S. Abboud, consultant
  • 2015-15 University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. Research on Vulnerable Women, Children and Families (T32NR007100, PI: Marilyn S. Sommers): “Exploring Health Behaviors in Arab and Arab American Women; a Feasibility Study for Use of Facebook Advertisement;” S. Abboud, Principle Investigator
  • 2012-14 Office of Nursing Research University of Pennsylvania: “Understanding Virginity from the Perspectives of Arab Women;” S. Abboud, Principal Investigator