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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’ research focuses on eliminating racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in tobacco use and tobacco-related disease. Dr. Mills uses a social-ecological framework to examine the roles that culture, the neighborhood in which one lives and public policy play in tobacco use. She also conducts research using factor analytic methods to validate measures across diverse groups. Dr. Mills is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Research Activities

- Tobacco control

- Health disparities

- Cancer

- Measurement

Key Publications

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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Acculturation and health behaviors in African Americans: A systematic review. Mills, S. D., Fox, R. S. Gholizadeh, S., Klonoff, E. A, & Malcarne, V. L.  (2017). Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48.

The psychometric properties of the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 scale in Hispanic Amerians 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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