Sarah McKetta, ScM, MD, PhD

Sarah McKetta (she/her) is a research fellow in the Department of Population Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Brittany Charlton, where her focus is on reproductive and perinatal disparities for LGBT+ Americans, with special attention towards structural causes. Prior to joining the department, she received her MD/PhD at Columbia University, where she studied social epidemiology, and her master’s degree from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Sarah’s research includes structural discrimination, women’s health, and substance use. Her clinical background is in sexual health, and prior to her doctoral training she spent 4 years working in patient care and women’s health research at Planned Parenthood.


Representative publications:

  1. McKetta S, Prins SJ, Hasin D, Patrick M, Keyes KM. Structural Sexism and Women’s Alcohol Use in the United States, 1988-2016. Social Science and Medicine, 2022 May;301:114976. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.
  2. Price M, McKetta SC, Weisz JR, Ford J, Lattaner M, Skov H, Wolock E, Hatzenbuehler ML. Cultural Sexism Moderates Efficacy of Psychological Therapy for Girls: Results from a Spatial Meta-Analysis. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 2021: 28(3), 299–312.
  3. Hatzenbuehler ML, McKetta SC, Kim R, Leung S, Prins SJ, Russell ST. Evaluating Litigation as a Structural Strategy for Addressing Bias-Based Bullying among Youth: Evidence from a Quasi-Experimental Study. JAMA Pediatrics (2021). doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.3660.
  4. Hatzenbuehler M, McKetta SC, Goldberg N, Sheldon A, Friedman SR, Cooper H, Beane S, Williams LD, Tempalski B, Smith J, Ibragimov U, Merman J, Stall R. Policy Determinants of HIV-Related Outcomes among Men Who Have Sex with Men in the United States, 2008–2014. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (2020):  Vol 85, 39-45.
  5. McKetta SC, Keyes KM. Oral Contraceptive Use and Depression Among Adolescents. Annals of Epidemiology 2019 Jan;29:46-51. doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2018.10.002.
  6. McKetta SC, Hatzenbuehler ML, Pratt C, Bates L, Link BG, Keyes KM. Does Social Selection Explain the Association between State-Level Racial Animus and Racial Disparities in Self-Rated Health in the United States?, Annals of Epidemiology, 2017. doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2017.07.002