Sarah Cowan's research is on secrets -- people concealing their own and others' personal information. This interrupts processes of social influence which can affect health-seeking behaviors, patient outcomes and structural components of the healthcare system. Her research has focused on miscarriage and abortion in the United States. As she continues work on secrets she is branching into other health conditions including cancer, epilepsy, contraception and sexual behavior. Her research uses original survey and interview data as well as vital statistics.
Sarah is a Robert Wood Johnson Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia from 2013-2015. In the fall of 2015, she will join the faculty at NYU in Sociology. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from UC Berkeley.
New York, NY 10027