Yale University

Sarah Abboud, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, The University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
  • Former Fellow, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)


Dr. Sarah Abboud is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing. Her research focuses on sexual health promotion among Arabs and Arab Americans. She is interested in looking at the multi-level determinants that influence sexual behaviors (including HIV/STI risks factors) and overall health throughout the immigration process. Dr. Abboud has previously conducted research in Lebanon looking at the quality of life of people living with HIV, and more recently, she conducted research among Arabs in the US looking at meanings of virginity, and sexual attitudes and behaviors, at the intersection of ethnic identity, gender, religion, immigration, and other social determinants. As part of the REIDS fellowship, Dr. Abboud is investigating how multiple minority stress and the immigration process (pre-migration to post-migration determinants) influence HIV/STI risk behaviors and mental health among Lebanese gay and bisexual men. Her long term goals are to develop new conceptual knowledge to promote sexual health and well-being of Arabs, in the US and the Arab countries. Her REIDS mentor is Dr. John Pachankis.

UIC website: http://www.nursing.uic.edu/faculty-staff/sarah-abboud-phd-rn