Sarah Petry

About Me

I recently completed my PhD in Public Policy at Duke University. I graduated in May 2023 after successfully defending my dissertation, "Medicaid and the Life Course: An Intersectional, Mixed-Methods Approach", in March. In my dissertation, I concentrated on the role that Medicaid plays in older adults' health care access and outcomes.

I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the population science training program at the Carolina Population Center (CPC). In my research, I will examine whether and how state-level reproductive and LGBTQ+ policy variation impacts mental and physical health outcomes. 

Overall, my research aims are to determine whether access to health and social policies can disrupt expected trajectories of health disadvantages from birth until death, particularly for vulnerable populations in the US.