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Sarah D. Mills, PhD, MPH

Sarah Mills

Sarah D. Mills, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 305 Rosenau Hall
  • CB # 7440
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Sarah D. Mills is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research focuses on reducing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in cancer-related health behaviors and outcomes, especially smoking and tobacco-related disease. She also validates health outcomes measures across diverse groups. Dr. Mills' research is currently supported by a K01 Career Development Award from the National Cancer Institute.  

Research Activities

- Tobacco control

- Health disparities

- Cancer

- Measurement

Key Publications

Are state-level income-based disparities in adult smoking declining? Mills, S. D., Golden, S. D., Queen, T. L., Kong, A. Y., & Ribisl, K. M. (2020). Preventive Medicine.

Disparities in retail marketing for menthol cigarettes in the United States, 2015. Mills, S. D., Henriksen, L., Golden S. D., Kurtzman, R., Kong, A. Y., Queen, T. L., & Ribisl, K. M. (2019). Health and Place, 53.

Neighborhood disparities in the price of the cheapest cigarettes in the United States. Mills, S. D., Golden, S. D., Henriksen, L., Kong, A. Y., Queen, T. L., & Ribisl, K. M.  (2019). Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 73, 894-896.
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The psychometric properties of the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 scale in Hispanic Americans with English or Spanish language preference. Mills, S. D., Fox, R. S., Malcarne, V. L., Roesch, S. C., Champagne, B.R., & Sadler, G.R.  (2014). Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20.


PhD, Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 2017

Clinical Internship, Health and Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017

MPH, Epidemiology, San Diego State University, 2013

MS, Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University, 2013

BA, Psychology and Concentration in Hispanic Cultures, Columbia University, 2010

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