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Professor of Epidemiology and Prevention at Wake Forest School of Medicine

Sara A. Quandt, PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology and Prevention at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She is also Associate Director of the Center for Worker Health. She received her PhD in anthropology with a minor in human nutrition from Michigan State University. Quandt’s research focuses on health disparities with rural and minority communities, with a concentration on occupational health and safety of immigrant workers. She has directed NIH- and NIOSH-funded CBPR studies with farmworkers and poultry processing workers. She recently directed directs a study of women and children in farmworker families designed to understand determinants of early childhood obesity, she is an investigator for a study of child farmworkers’ health and safety, and she participates in the PACE study of pesticides and farmworkers, now in its 24th year. She is the author of over 400 journal articles and 31 book chapters. Quandt’s commitment to health research has been recognized by the National Rural Health Association (Outstanding Rural Health Research Award in 2007), the Washington Association of Practicing Anthropologists (2003 Praxis Award for excellence in applied anthropology), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (2006) National Occupational Research Agenda Innovative Research Award for Worker Health and Safety. She was awarded the Defender of Justice Award in 2017 by the North Carolina Justice Center.