Sarah A. Stoddard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Stoddard’s career has focused on promoting the health and well-being of youth living in communities characterized by substantial health and social disparities, and includes professional experience as a local public health nurse focused on maternal-child health, a nurse practitioner in community- and school-based clinics, and the State Adolescent Health Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health. Her research focuses on understanding how social and environmental factors influence the future orientation, behavior, and health of vulnerable populations of youth. She is currently funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the role place-based factors play in the co-occurrence of violence and alcohol and drug use among youth. In addition, she studies the application of behavioral and ecological approaches to preventing youth violence and alcohol and drug use. She holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in nursing from Minnesota State University – Mankato.