Sarah Peitzmeier

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Assistant Professor

School or College
University of Michigan
Research Biography

Dr. Peitzmeier is a mixed-methods social epidemiologist focusing on gender-based violence and sexual health, particularly in marginalized populations such as LGBTQ communities and sex workers. Her current NIH-funded work focuses on intimate partner violence (IPV) in transgender populations, to better understand trans survivors' experiences and build validated tools for IPV screening in healthcare settings. Dr. Peitzmeier is also developing and testing interventions to reduce sexual assault against cisgender women and transgender undergraduates on college campuses. She is committed to community-engaged research that addresses under-researched community priorities, including her work on chest binding and health in transmasculine individuals. This work builds on her prior quantitative and qualitative research investigating the role of violence in propagating risk of HIV, HPV, and other sexual health concerns.


PhD, Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2017
MSPH, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2012
BS, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics; BA, Piano Performance, University of Maryland College Park, 2010