Lois S. Sadler, PhD, RN, FAAN

Lois Sadler

Professor, YSN and Yale Child Study Center

PhD Program Co-Director 

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 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 BS 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 with teen parents in New Haven since 1979.

Dr. Sadler’s research is in the area of the transition to parenthood among urban adolescent parents 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, community-engaged research, high risk families, adolescent parenthood, and home visiting. In 2014, the home visiting program, Minding the Baby®, developed and tested with colleagues from the Yale Child Study Center was designated by the Department of Health and Human Services as an evidence-based home visiting model, one of only 17 models nationwide.

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interest

Dr. Sadler’s current research includes implementation and dissemination of the evidence-based home visitation program, Minding the Baby® to multiple sites nationally and internationally. She serves as Co- PI with Dr. Nancy S. Redeker on an NINR-funded community-based study of sleep patterns and healthy sleep intervention development with multicultural community families raising young infants and children.

Selected Publications/Presentations


Slade, A., Sadler, L.S., Close, N., Fitzpatrick, S., Simpson, T. & Webb, D. (in press). Minding the Baby®: The impact of threat on the mother-baby and mother-clinician relationship. In S. Gojman de Millan & C. Herreman (Eds.), Attachment across cultural and clinical contexts. New York: Gilford Publications.

Slade, A., Simpson, T., Webb, D.,Gorkin, J., Close, N. & Sadler, L.S. (in press). Minding the Baby®: Developmental trauma and attachment-based home intervention. In H. Steele & M. Steele,( Eds.), The handbook of attachment-based interventions. New York: Guilford Publications

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. [Epub ahead of print].

Ordway, M. R., Sadler, L. S., Dixon, J., & Slade, A. (2014). Parental reflective functioning: analysis and promotion of the concept for paediatric nursing. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23, 3490-3500. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12600.

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

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. PubMed PMID: 23522339; PMC3624884.

Ordway, M.R., Sadler, L.S, Slade, A, Dixon, J, Close, N, Mayes, L.C. (2013). Lasting effects of an interdisciplinary home visiting program on child behavior: Preliminary follow-up results of a randomized trial. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 29, 3-13. Doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2013.04.006 PMID:23685264;PMCID:PMC3825809.

Sadler, L.S., Slade, A., Close N., Webb, D.L., 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 NIHMSID: NIHMS504694.

Novick, G., Sadler, L. S., Knafl, K. A., Groce, N. & Kennedy, H. (2012). The intersection of everyday life and group prenatal care for women in two urban clinics. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 23, 589-603. DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2012.0060. NIHMS380278 PubMed PMID: 22643609; PMC3625534.

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. DOI: | 10.1353/cpr.2012.0053 PMC3579553.

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. PMCID: PMC3197706, NIHMS324311.

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. PubMed PMID: 17302854.

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.

Slade, A., Sadler, L.S., de Dios-Kenn, C., Webb, D., Ezepchick, J. & Mayes, L.C. (2005). Minding the Baby: A reflective parenting program. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 60, 74-100.