Lois Sadler

Distinguished Alumnae/i Award 2009

Class of 1979

Lois Sadler is a Professor at the Yale School of Nursing where she teaches master’s and doctoral nursing students in the areas of family studies. child development, pediatric health promotion, research, research ethics and adolescent health.  Dr. Sadler received her B.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts, her M.S.N. degree from Yale University School of Nursing, and her Ph.D. from the School of Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her research is in the area of the transition to parenthood among urban adolescent mothers and their families, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and evaluation of specialized support programs for at-risk young parents and their children. Her publications and presentations are in the area of adolescent primary health care issues, high risk families and adolescent parenthood.

Dr. Sadler has worked clinically with teen parents in New Haven since 1979, and currently teaches parent education classes to middle school and high school student-parents enrolled in the Polly T. McCabe Center in New Haven, CT. Her current research includes a community-based randomized clinical trial with colleagues at the Yale Child Study Center, Fair Haven Community Health Center, and Hill Health Center, of a home visitation program, “Minding the Baby”.

Research interests
Adolescent health risk behaviors, adolescent pregnancy prevention and sexual risk reduction, adolescent parenthood, family contexts of adolescent health issues, health and mental health preventive interventions for vulnerable young families.

Download the “Teen C.A.R.E. - Comprehensive Adolescent Reproductive Education” manual co-authored by Dr. Sadler (pdf)

Clinical practice
The Polly T. McCabe Center, New Haven, CT, Parent Education Program.

Selected publications
Slade, A. & Sadler, L. S. (2014). Minding the Baby: Complex trauma and home visiting. International Journal of Birth and Parent Education 1, 50-53.

Sadler, L.S., Slade, A., Nancy Close,Denise L. Webb, Tanika Simpson,Kristopher Fennie, Linda C. Mayes. (2013). Minding the Baby®: Enhancing reflectiveness to improve early health and relationship outcomes in an interdisciplinary home visiting program. Infant Mental Health Journal, 34, 391-405.

Moriarty-Daley, A., Sadler, L. S. & Reynolds, H. (2013). Tailoring clinical services to address the unique needs of adolescents from the pregnancy test to parenthood. Current Problems in Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Care, 43, 69-95.

Sadler, L. S., Larson, J., Bouregy, S., LaPaglia, D.,  Bridger, L., McCaslin, C. & Rockwell, S. (2012).  Community-university partnerships in community-based research. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, 6,463-469.

Sadler, L. S., Newlin, K., Spruill, I.J. & Jenkins, C. (2011). Beyond the medical model: Interdisciplinary programs of community-engaged research. Clinical and Translational Science, 4, 285-297.

Flaherty, S. & Sadler, L.S. (2010).  A review of attachment theory in the context of adolescent parenting, Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 25 (2), 114-121.

Sterling, S. P. & Sadler, L. S. (2009). Contraceptive use among adolescent Latinas living in the United States- The impact of culture and acculturation. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 23, 19-28.

Olds, D., Sadler, L. S., Kitzman, H. (2007).  Programs for parents of infants and toddlers: Recent evidence from randomized trials. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48, 355-391.

Sadler, L.S., Swartz, M.K., Ryan-Krause, P., Seitz, V., Meadows-Oliver, M., Clemmens, D. A. & Grey, M. (2007). Promising outcomes in teen mothers enrolled in a school-based parent support program and child care center, Journal of School Health, 77, 121-130.

Sadler, L. S., Chen, J.Y., Moriarty Daley, A., Leventhal, J.M., & Reynolds, H. (2006). Reproductive care and rates of pregnancy in teens with negative pregnancy test results. Journal of Adolescent Health, 38, (3), 222-229.

Moriarty Daley, A., Sadler, L.S., Leventhal, J.M., Cromwell, P. & Reynolds, H. (2005). Negative pregnancy tests in urban adolescents: An important and often missed opportunity for clinicians. Pediatric Nursing, 31, 87-97.

Drebitko, C.N., Sadler, L. S., Leventhal, J. M., Moriarty Daley, A., & Reynolds, H. (2005). Adolescent girls with negative pregnancy tests. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 18, 261-267.

Sadler, L.S. & Clemmens, D.A. (2004). Ambivalent grandmothers raising teen daughters and their babies. Journal of Family Nursing, 10, 211-231. 

Sadler, L.S., Anderson, S.A.& Sabatelli, R.M. (2001). Parental competence among African American adolescent mothers and grandmothers. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 16, 217-233.