Lois S. Sadler, PhD, RN, FAAN

Lois Sadler

Professor, YSN and Yale Child Study Center

Co-Director Graduate Studies, PhD Program 

Yale School of Nursing - Room 22009

email: lois.sadler@yale.edu
phone: 203-737-2561
fax: 203-785-6455


Lois S. Sadler is a Professor at the Yale School of Nursing and Yale Child Study Center. Her teaching at the master’s, doctoral and post doctoral levels has included course content in the areas of family studies, child development, pediatric health promotion, adolescent health, qualitative research, research ethics, intervention development, and theory. Dr. Sadler received her BSN degree from the University of Massachusetts, her MSN degree from Yale University School of Nursing, and her PhD from the School of Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. She has worked clinically and as a researcher with teen parents and young families in diverse communities, school settings and home visitation programs domestically and globally. 

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interest

Dr. Sadler’s research is in the area of the transition to parenthood among adolescent parents and their families, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and evaluation of specialized support programs for young parents and their children. Her program of research, publications and presentations include adolescent primary health care issues, community-engaged research, adolescent parenthood, home visiting, and pediatric sleep. She is a co-founder and has tested and implemented the home visiting program, Minding the Baby®, since 2001.

Selected Publications/Presentations


Condon, E.M., Londono Tobon, A., Jackson, B., Holland, M.L., Slade, A., Mayes, L. M. & Sadler, L. S. (In press). Maternal experiences of racial discrimination, child indicators of toxic stress, and the Minding the Baby® early home visiting intervention. Nursing Research.

Holland, M. L., Hutchens, B., Sadler, L. S. (In Press). Encountering child abuse and neglect in home visiting: A qualitative study of visitor and supervisor experiences. Prevention Science.

Condon, E. M., Holland, M.L., Slade, A., Redeker, N., Mayes, L. & Sadler, L. S. (In Press). Associations Between Maternal Experiences of Discrimination and Biomarkers of Toxic Stress in School-Aged Children. Child Maltreatment.

Condon, E. M., Holland, M.L., Slade, A., Redeker, N., Mayes, L. & Sadler, L.S. (2021). Examining mothers’ childhood maltreatment history, parental reflective functioning, and the long-term effects of the Minding the Baby® home visiting intervention. Child Maltreatment. Doi: 1077559521999097

Londono Tobon, A.L., Condon, E.M., Holland, M.L., Sadler, L.S., Mayes, L.C. & Slade, I. (2020). School Age Effects of Minding the Baby—an Attachment-Based Home Visiting Intervention—on Parenting and Child Behaviors. Development and Psychopathology, 1-13. Doi: 10.1017/S0954579420000905

Condon, E.M., Londono Tobon, A.L., Mayes, L.C. & Sadler, L.S. (2020). Acceptability and feasibility of hair and salivary biomarker collection among multiethnic school-age children. Maternal Child Health Journal. 24(7), 865-874. doi: 10.1007/s10995-020-02926-2

Sadler, L.S., Banasiak, N., Canapari, C., Crowley, A.A., Fenick, A., O’Connell, M., Ordway, M.R., Sude, L, Trevino, S. & Redeker, N.S. (2020). Sleep perspectives from multiethnic community parents, pediatric providers and childcare providers. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 41, 540-549. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000799

Condon, E.M., Holland, M.L., Slade, A., Redeker, N., Mayes, L.C. & Sadler, L.S. (2019). Maternal adverse childhood experiences, family strengths, and chronic stress in children. Nursing Research, 68, 189-199. 

Slade, A., Holland, M.L., Ordway, M.R., Carlson, E., Jeon, S., Close, N., Mayes, L.C. & Sadler, L.S. (2019). Minding the Baby®: Enhancing parental reflective functioning and infant attachment in an attachment-based, interdisciplinary home visiting program. Development and Psychopathology, online, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579418001463

Condon, E. & Sadler, L.S. (2018). Toxic stress and vulnerable mothers: A multilevel framework of  stressors and strengths. Western Journal of Nursing Research. doi: 10.1177/0193945918788676

Sadler, L.S., Novick, G. & Meadows-Oliver, M. (2016). “Having a baby changes everything”: Reflective functioning in pregnant adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2015.11.011. PMC4862914

Sadler, L.S., Slade, A., Close, N., Webb, D., Simpson, T., Fennie, K. & Mayes, L. C. (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. PMCID: PMC3774299.