David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Sarah Ross

Sarah Ross

Assistant Professor of Psychology

(336) 841-9670

213 Couch Hall


Postdoctoral Fellowship    2013
Harvard Medical School/Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Pediatric Psychology
Area of Focus: Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship

Ph.D.   2012    North Carolina State University
School Psychology
Dissertation: Measuring Response to Intervention: Comparing Three Effect Size Techniques for Single-Case Design Analysis

B.A     2005    Wake Forest University
Major: Psychology  Minor: Biology

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Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychological Testing
  • Child Psychopathology
  • Child Psychotherapy

Research and Professional Interests:

My research interests focus broadly on developing evidence-based interventions to support the healthy functioning of children, adolescents and young adults with psychological or medical vulnerabilities.

Specifically, my research centers on two main areas:

  1. Improving the psychological functioning of children and adolescents with chronic and/or acute medical diagnoses. My research in this area has included developing and evaluating interventions to support children recovering from cancer as they return to school. Additionally, I’ve led and evaluated intervention programs for children and teens affected by obesity to support the development of healthy psychological and behavioral skills to improve their health.
  2. Strategies for decreasing stigma associated with having a mental health disorder and obtaining mental health care. This work involves developing, implementing, and evaluating programs to train health care professionals to screen for psychological symptoms, including suicidal ideation, and to educate members of the public in recognizing and supporting those with mental health needs.

Finally, I have a strong professional interest in decreasing the shortage of mental health professionals in rural and underserved areas across the country. To date, I have supported over 20 doctoral psychology internship programs in their development and accreditation, including programs across rural Hawaii and Alaska.  I am passionate about teaching students at HPU about existing professional shortages and pathways to clinical roles if they so choose.

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